©1999 Terry and Lyn Pratchett; (P)2000 Isis Publishing, Ltd.
"Unadulterated fun. Pratchett parodies everything in sight." (San Francisco Chronicle)
I own a couple of memberships and have enjoyed many books but none are as delightful on audio as those of Discworld. Intelligent, witty, clever, outrageously entertaining--it took me forever to try these books (I hate things other people rave about) and now am glad they are there to enjoy now. I've listened to everything from old time radio to . . . at night and while travelling. None is more enjoyable than Pratchett. I think this was the best novel after the first two but I rate them all 4 or 5 stars.
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.
Book is fantastic and narration is flawless. Briggs brings out the essence of Pratchett's characters with his voice, keeping the listener engaged to the end.
I am already a huge Terry Pratchett fan and was impressed with the reader's cadence and comedic timing. this was my first listen and I have already downloaded another.
I always love Discworld novels and this one is no different. The characters are always hilarious even if their situations aren't. Exactly what I wanted to listen to until I couldn't stay awake any longer.
Love this story, it's one of my favorite Discworld books. But Nigel Planer > Steven Briggs. Maybe I'm biased because I heard the first half of the series narrated by Planer but switching to Briggs was jarring. Meh.
This touches on all aspects of the series and fills in thoughtful details. I adore Terry Pratchett and Stephen Briggs is the best at bringing life to the pages.
Simply put, just another great Discworld novel. Excellent story plot, great characters that you can relate to, and fun to listen to multiple times.
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