©1999 Terry and Lyn Pratchett; (P)2000 Isis Publishing, Ltd.
"Unadulterated fun. Pratchett parodies everything in sight." (San Francisco Chronicle)
The Fifth Elephant is a great story, as usual, and even more witty than the previous 23 novels. This rating is for the narration, not the novel itself. What has happened to Nigel Planer? Did Stephen Briggs get the new job because he does stage adaptations of Pratchett's books and co-authors the Discworld guides? I don't think this qualifies him as a narrator. His characterizations within the ethnic groups (humans, trolls, dwarfs, etc.) are barely distinguishable. What a disappointment.
Lots of books lots of time. I love all things Star Wars and fantasy. The Bartimaeus trilogy (or quad) maybe the perfect series. Jonathan Stroud and Douglas Adams are my heroes.
The covert social cometary.
Men at Arms, Thud, Snuff, Guards!, etc. Get em, listen to em, love em.
Sam Vimes playing fetch.
The idea of social evolution and growth.
The whole of the thing. Very Zen.
Not the best of the series, but still five stars. As always, the author is wise and witty and turns phrases like no one else. Worth a credit: You bet.
Down the rabbit hole into a ring a fire- the magic of words lifts me higher and higher.
All of the Discworld Novels are worth listening to again and again, especially the last 20 or so!
When you discover the "real" motive for the murder.
Lady Sybil - It was hard to remember there was only one narrator.
I don't think so. There is commentary about religion, social-economic factors, racial tension and feminism throughout, and how a so-called, plain-spoken everyday sort of copper deals with it. (He's really too smart to be "everyday" and there is no way you could ever call Sam Vimes "normal"). I was too busy laughing through most of it to be moved until the true motive for the murder was revealed.
In retrospect, and for writing to be good there needs to be a retrospect; if you forget it when you walk away it didn't make you think and Pratchett, being exceptional will make you dwell. In retrospect it makes me think about the course of feminism in the US. Now that women are the equal of men, a tragic slip off of the pedestal, will we ever get to the point that we can't tell the difference between men and women? There will always be special cases where a person of one sex intentionally creates the perception of being the other, but I see the popularity of androgyny excused as a healthy living and have to shudder.
Oh well, dwarves will be dwarves, for now.
Satire, camp, logic, RELIGION and OMG a ripping good story line. Hilarious and dramatic. If you are not familiar with the series (what disc do you live on?) then start at the beginning with "The Color of Magic"
yes, i plan on listening to this again. I have read many terry pratchett books and enjoy them
I almost always like audio versions better. The reader always brings life to the characters that I myself would not. Stephen Briggs is my favorite when it comes to Terry Pratchett books.
I enjoyed the insight into Angua's family the best. This developed the character more for me.
He really adds a lot of personality to the characters with not just his voice but his tonal inflections as well.
Carrot turning up to save Vimes.
I have found that several of the discs later stories seem to have us expanding into the
"outer" regions of the discworld. This story has the Chief in the middle of a complex scheme between the "Ank" and Uberveld. We have wonderful new characters testing the
patience of our old lovable guys and new turf to explore.
I found the story endearing for our multi tasking were"woman" and Carrot. We also
get an inside peek "finally" of some "real" dwarves down in the mines. For this reason, Pratchett scores three stars. I like seeing different sides of our normal characters and learning more about them.
But, I do miss the story revolving around "home turf" and having ALL the characters adding their two cents in. When the story ends in this one, like it does in some others, we lose many of those characters we've been introduced to.
The ending *SPOILER ALERT* --------was somewhat of a left down too. I expected the werewolf, Angua's "pack" to be smacked on the nose better than they were. I DID like
the addition of the Igor to the watch and all the fun that brings.
Overall, the story is good and I'm glad I listened to it. There are always several laugh
out loud areas and this is no different. It is not one of my favorites though, but then again, Pratchett fans must be some of the most spoiled creatures on Earth!
Yes! Terry Pratchett is one of the funniest writers I've ever encountered. I am particularly pleased that I can listen to Discworld books with my children and they'll enjoy the book almost as much as I do. This book is going into the regular rotation of books we listen to.
I LOVE the disc world series, most especially the night watch books. You cannot believe how bummed I am with the new narrator. He has turned the wonderfully madcap characters into proper british citizens. Yuch. I have tried twice to listen to this book and have not been able to get past the introduction of the new Carrot and Vimes voices. I keep telling myself this is the same author and reminding myself how much I laugh while "reading" these books. It would probably be okay if I'd never heard the Nigel Planer books but I DID and I thought he did a FABulous job. Man. This is terrible. I am SUPER bummed out man. And (as of this moment), I have COMPLETELY wasted a credit. I will try again but I'm not holding out for much luck with it. I thought Pratchett was GOLD. Well, his narrator isn't. Slow. Plodding. Proper. Ugh. You just don't know how bummed I am at this moment. Sheesh.
I thought my iPod was going bad, and played this again on my computer. For instance, on the second half at 4:32:37ish, the sentence has been oddly patched. There are a few of these hiccups throughout, which can be a bit distracting. Otherwise, Stephen Briggs does a great job of reading, and I get even more out of the audible books than reading them (and I've read all the Pratchett books- they're that good.) There's laugh out loud bits, searing wisdom, and a better than average mystery story in a fantasy setting. A great listen.
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