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(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1996; Copyright © Terry and Lyn Pratchett, 1994
Very well read. Somewhat muffled audio quality. Funny concept with good characters, but at times a bit disconnected and too forcibly satirical. Not as good as Small Gods, but still very entertaining.
Discworld books are all good. Some are better than others however and I would place this one near the bottom of the many I have read. It is a parody of Rock music as you could probably guess from the title.
It is the 3rd in the Death series of books. Death is one of the funniest and most interesting of the Discworld characters. The trouble is, with this book, is that Death is only a minor character. Death, prone to melancholy as he is, has decided to take a break and join the Clatchian Foreign Legion. This could have been a very funny book in itself, unfortunately, it takes Death mostly out of the picture and his Granddaughter unwillingly has to fill in for him.
The plot revolves around a newly formed musical group composed of a human, dwarf, and troll. One of the members should have been killed but his soul has been replaced my music from an ancient artifact from the beginnings of the universe in the form of a (electric) guitar. They invent "Music with Rocks In" which takes Ankh-Morpork by storm. The plot becomes quite convoluted and at times confusing with a few less amusing side plots, which is why it lost a couple stars for me. Still, plenty of typical Pratchet humor with all the references to Rock Star cliches.
Good but not great.
Nigel Planer is a superb narrator. The recording quality of this is very poor. It sounds very muffled almost like being underwater. Made it difficult to understand certain parts.
Yes, most definitely. The narrator brings to life the many unique characters of Terry Pratchett. Really a joy to listen to.
Death's voyage to understand humanity in his own little ways.
The voices are flawless and fluid. He's so good I will read the books with the voices he created in my head.
I love Terry Pratchett's writing, but this story is not my favorite. I also think that some of these older recordings really suffer from showing their, well, age. The recording seemed far away somehow, regardless of volume. The disc world stories are always fun and the puns were amusing; I'm not always as interested in them as I am in the larger story but they stood out here. Possibly because I had a harder time getting into the larger story. Anyway, I love it because it's Terry Pratchett's and it fills out my disc world reading, but it will never be one of my favorite favorites.
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