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(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1995; Copyright © Terry and Lyn Pratchett, 1987; Cover Illustration © Josh Kirby
Nigel Planer isn't my favourite Terry Pratchett reader - I think Stephen Briggs does the best job of interpreting Discworld's regular cast of characters - but he's pretty good, and the story here is kind of interesting, if you're the sort of person who likes to think about what happens to you after you die. And for some reason I found the whole concept of 'Mort' (I had never realized that 'Mort' is both a nerdy-sounding first name and a term for death, which is decidedly not nerdy-sounding) very clever and amusing.
Worth getting if you're a Discworld or Terry Pratchett fan.
However the audio quality is quite hairy, like a caveman out for dinner at a Michelin star restaurant before the invention of scissors.
Nigel is a very good narrator for these books and does a fantastic job in this one. Easily understood and with great inflection.
Terry Pratchett is undoubtedly one of the most brilliant minds. He never fails to bring out a laugh, always encourages the reader (or listener) to think, and provides us with a colourful outlook on life and literature. He is sorely missed.
After the death of Terry Pratchett, I felt obligated to address a series I had neglected for far too long. Unique humor and a relatable cast (yes, even Death) improve a solidly-written book , and the reader's inflection is demonstrated in all the right places. Awesome.
I really love Pratchett's witty humor. His style is unique and always enjoyable. The man can really play with words, and also encase some really sharp concepts in a lot of humor. I am not a reader of phantasy books, but for Pratchett I always am happy to make an exception.
The story is the usual absurdity concoted by Pratchett, but you will end to care for Mort and the other characters, including Death.
His voice is the ideal guide to the Discworld, perfect to emphasize Pratchett's wit
"Top story and lots of DEATH"
I've always loved this story about DEATHS apprentice, but the sound quality of this recording isn't great.
"good but poor quality recording"
recording was listenable but you could definitely hear people talking in the background at one point
I am going to listen to mort over and over again. Terry Pratchett is an amazing author.
Death is my favourite character because of his cluelessness but his understanding of how the world works.
His voice was clear and put meaning into the words.
The book was amazing and I don't have a favourite bit.
Must listen. Utterly amazing.
"Likely, my favourite Discworld book"
It's hard to pin down what is best. Any fan of Discworld has their favourite characters,however, for me it was the conversations between Death & Mort.The way Sir Terry writes the stories is sheer genius
The association of the role of Death. I've heard other narrators, but Nigel Planer brings the sense of humour & believability, when you're talking the anthropomorphization of Death
Certain parts of the book & story really did make me laugh, as always leads to some strange looks from other people when I'm listening on public transport or even in the house
"Quality of this recording is awful"
This is a great story by Terry Pratchett, ably narrated by Nigel Planer but sounds as though it is coming from the bottom of a felt lined pit.
I listen to my books whist driving, and, with the lack of clarity in this recording, it is honestly almost too difficult to listen to.
it sounds as though this was converted from an old tape track with audio compression set to max. Not impressed, and as a result will steer clear of the other Pratchett books narrated by Mr Planer as well. Not because of how he reads, but because I might crash and die...
Nigel Planer's narration is good
"Great writing, pity about mixed recording quality"
Another beautifully written book by Terry Pratchett. Not a bad performance by Nigel Planer (although I didn't enjoy it as much as the earlier books). Unfortunately the quality of the recording was mixed - all OK, but varying between chapters; not what you expect from a professional recording.
""THERE"S NO JUSTICE. THERE'S JUST ME!""
Mort as a book would certainly fail somewhere in my top 15 books of all time. The audiobook is overall excellent at maintaining the charm and comedy inherent in Pratchett's wordplay. Sadly the recording sounds muffled in places as though it was lifted from an old cassette recording so those who are hard of hearing may have some difficulties.
I believe the only thing you can compare Pratchett to is more of the same so I would compare this book to Reaper Man as it shares the same sense of humor and also makes Death the main character.
Planer is an excellent narrator for characters like Death with a rather dry and sometimes unintentional sense of humour so I would say Death is his best character. On the other hand he can occasionally struggle to make Yssabelle and the princess sound convincing as his voice can sound too deep for them sometimes.
I don't think a film of this book would need a particularly witty tag line - and I can't think of one anyway - but perhaps an endorsement wouldn't go amiss...
"Another Terry Pratchett triumph!"
A great mixture of superb writing and great narrative bought to life a great story that humorously throws new light on what a silly notion it is to fear ones own sorry demise.
The way that Nigel Planer manages to bring to life all the characters in the book.
I felt his portrayal of DEATH'S daughter was very funny.
It's nothing personal, it's his duty!
I loved this book, writing was excellemt and the narrator really bought the characters to life without boring you to sleep but I didn't feel it was Terry Pratchets best written book oft the series I would suggest reading/listening to Small Gods, Sourcery, The Fifth Elephant, theif of time or The Reaper man first but make sure to come back for this one :-)
"A wonderful book, brilliantly narrated"
Yes. The book is well written with very well developed characters. The voices by Nigel Planer enhance the characters even further.
Mort will always rank in the highest of regions for audio books as the quality or the written work has always been insurpassable, moreover when twinned with Nigel's narration it transports you to the disc and you feel like a member of the general disc mob.
As always with Pratchett's writing he makes you look at the larger picture whilst sniggering at the little things in life meaning that whilst you enjoy and experience the whimsy you can be caught thinking on a grand scale.
Nigel Planer as a narrator is good his voice is clear and distinctive whilst portraying the characters we all know and love
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