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Mort: Discworld, Book 4 | [Terry Pratchett]

Mort: Discworld, Book 4

Mort, like many teenagers, is gangly, unpromising, and struggling with a menial job - in his case, as Death's apprentice. He can barely handle his simple task of ushering souls out of Discworld, but he really screws up when he meets the beautiful Princess Keli, who is scheduled to be assassinated.
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Mort, like many teenagers, is gangly, unpromising, and struggling with a menial job - in his case, as Death's apprentice. He can barely handle his simple task of ushering souls out of Discworld, but he really screws up when he meets the beautiful Princess Keli, who is scheduled to be assassinated. Going against his boss's wishes, Mort kills Keli's assassin instead, which angers and interferes with Fate. But Mort's heroism seems to be for naught, since Discworld proceeds as though Keli had been killed, while Death has too much fun drinking and gambling to be any help. This is the fourth book in the Discworld series.

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(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1995; Copyright © Terry and Lyn Pratchett, 1987; Cover Illustration © Josh Kirby

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    Sarah Hamilton, ON, Canada 09-27-10
    Sarah Hamilton, ON, Canada 09-27-10
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    "Not genius, but pretty good"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Grovedale, Alberta, Canada 10-12-10
    Jason Grovedale, Alberta, Canada 10-12-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Great audio"

    Nigel is a very good narrator for these books and does a fantastic job in this one. Easily understood and with great inflection.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Marco 04-17-15
    Marco 04-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Thanks Terry"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kristina 03-29-15
    Kristina 03-29-15
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    "Love the story"

    It's such an amazing creative story, but the performance isn't well done. The story teller isn't horrible, but did not sit well with my hearing.

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    lonereader Milano, Italy 02-22-12
    lonereader Milano, Italy 02-22-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Another entertaining entrance in the Discworld ser"
    What made the experience of listening to Mort the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is the usual absurdity concoted by Pratchett, but you will end to care for Mort and the other characters, including Death.


    What does Nigel Planer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voice is the ideal guide to the Discworld, perfect to emphasize Pratchett's wit


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    alina Düsseldorf, Germany 02-07-12
    alina Düsseldorf, Germany 02-07-12 Member Since 2010
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    "great as allways"
    Where does Mort rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    one of the best ones, good to listen to and a really good Story.... Terry Pratchet.... so what else!


    Any additional comments?

    perfeckt humor and nice irony

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Simmons Brookton, Australia 09-17-11
    Simmons Brookton, Australia 09-17-11
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    "Terry Pratchett - review"

    Once again Terry Pratchett has made me laugh out loud with his wonderful clear sense of looking at life and our world. If you are afraid of death, well worth the read to lighten your ideas.

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  • imogen
    12/1/14
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    "Love it."
    Would you listen to Mort again? Why?

    I am going to listen to mort over and over again. Terry Pratchett is an amazing author.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Death is my favourite character because of his cluelessness but his understanding of how the world works.


    What about Nigel Planer’s performance did you like?

    His voice was clear and put meaning into the words.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The book was amazing and I don't have a favourite bit.


    Any additional comments?

    Must listen. Utterly amazing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dave McQue
    7/8/14
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    "Likely, my favourite Discworld book"
    If you could sum up Mort in three words, what would they be?

    Funny,clever,brilliant


    What did you like best about this story?

    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


    What does Nigel Planer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    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


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Loretta
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    3/15/15
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. R. Gardner
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    7/16/13
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    "Another Terry Pratchett triumph!"
    What made the experience of listening to Mort the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way that Nigel Planer manages to bring to life all the characters in the book.


    Which character – as performed by Nigel Planer – was your favourite?

    I felt his portrayal of DEATH'S daughter was very funny.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    It's nothing personal, it's his duty!


    Any additional comments?

    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 :-)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I. Lennon
    Beeston, United Kingdom
    3/6/14
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    "Quality of this recording is awful"
    What disappointed you about Mort?

    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...


    You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Nigel Planer's narration is good


    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Nina
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    8/30/15
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    "Death, a comedy"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Mort to be better than the print version?

    Audio edition brings humour to life in Mort, but printed version is equally entertaining.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Comedy in Mort is embedded throughout the whole book. The concept of Death going on holiday is brilliant.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely not, I would prefer it to last longer.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dphi
    7/24/15
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    "A wonderful book, brilliantly narrated"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The book is well written with very well developed characters. The voices by Nigel Planer enhance the characters even further.


    Which character – as performed by Nigel Planer – was your favourite?

    Death.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca Andrews
    7/20/15
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    "Brilliant"
    Where does Mort rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Nigel Planer’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Nigel Planer as a narrator is good his voice is clear and distinctive whilst portraying the characters we all know and love


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • MR P FARDOE
    7/20/15
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    "Pratchett at his best!"

    Loved this book since I was first read it years ago. Recommended read for all

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lorna
    7/18/15
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    "what a fantastic book"

    have listened to it twice. just introduced my boyfriend to it. he loves it too

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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