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Thief of Time: Discworld, Book 26 | [Terry Pratchett]

Thief of Time: Discworld, Book 26

Time is a resource. Everyone knows it has to be managed. And on the Discworld that is the job of the Monks of History, who store it and pump it from the places where it's wasted (like the underwater; how much time does a codfish need?) to places like cities, where there's never enough time. But the construction of the world's first truly accurate clock starts a race against, well, time for Lu Tze and his apprentice Lobsang Ludd.
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Time is a resource. Everyone knows it has to be managed. And on the Discworld that is the job of the Monks of History, who store it and pump it from the places where it's wasted (like the underwater; how much time does a codfish need?) to places like cities, where there's never enough time. But the construction of the world's first truly accurate clock starts a race against, well, time for Lu Tze and his apprentice, Lobsang Ludd. Because it will stop time. And that will only be the start of everyone's problems.

Thief of Time comes complete with a full supporting cast of heroes, villains, yetis, martial artists, and Ronnie, the fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse (who left before they became famous).

©2003 Terry and Lynn Pratchett; (P)2003 HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

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    Christy Canberra City, Australia 03-25-13
    Christy Canberra City, Australia 03-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Light and fun"

    A very pleasant book to listen to while getting some exercise. Although apparently laughing while running is not a good idea. I almost fell off the treadmill.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Luc 05-09-14
    Luc 05-09-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Problematic characterisations disappoint"
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    This is one of my all time favourite Discworld books, and I've listened to Stephen Briggs and Tony Robinson read Pterry's books since for a long time. I was hesitant going into an audio version of 'Thief of Time', because so many of the gags are visual, but they mostly worked, which is great. What doesn't work is Briggs' corny and hackneyed "oriental" accents for the History Monks. When I first started listening, I was dismayed that I was listening to a Micky Rooney-esque yellow-face interpretation of these characters. To add insult to injury, Briggs doesn't seem able to maintain the atrociously bad accent, dropping in and out of various levels of awfulness. It was just plain sad and disappointing, and I don't know whether it was Briggs' decision, his director, or whose, but I spent most of the recording wishing it would stop. Bad. Just Bad.

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  • Lesley
    Bingley, United Kingdom
    12/9/11
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    "Brilliant -"

    clever and funny and compassionate and makes one's world somehow less cruel and stupid.
    God bless Sir Saint Terry. I have been an enthusiastic fan since I stumbled upon his 2nd book. He is the only author I bought in hard back in my lowly paid years. Little cash versus a wait - no contest.
    Anyhow and however, in print this had been one of my lower rated diskworld novels. As an audiobook it is in my top3.
    Stephen Briggs narration is clear and perfectly paced. The characters are "just right" for my imagination and well demarkated but unobtrusively so.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • J. Wordsworth
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    12/12/13
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    "Excellent narration of one of my favourite books"
    Would you listen to Thief of Time again? Why?

    Thief of Time has brilliant pacing and keeps your attention throughout. I enjoy sharing time with the monk Lu-Tze and it's always nice to hear more about Death and Susan. Along with the Auditors, Jeremy and the forgotten Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse, there is a great cast to gel with throughout this book.

    The plot revolves around the Auditors wanting to bring order to the universe in their own crazy way and contains a healthy amount of reflection of real-world culture in a humorous and fantasy style. Stephen Briggs is an excellent narrator and clearly has a strong bond with the Discworld universe which allows him to bring a fun and enthusiastic portrayal of the story to the audio book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    West Boldon, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "time flies listening to this book"
    Would you listen to Thief of Time again? Why?

    It's been a little while since picking a discworld book and I'm so glad a picked this one. It's full off Terry pratchetts literal way of seeing the world. If you like the story's with death and Susan then you should love this one.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ell
    Bingley, United Kingdom
    4/9/13
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    "Good read - brilliant listen -again and again."

    I love Terry Pratchett and have eagerly awaited and bought his books since his first paperback publication.

    Thought this was one of his better books and thoroughly enjoyed the reading but was astonished at how I got something different from the audiobook. In fact I got much more.

    Looking back getting this was a mistake because my spending on audiobooks then escalated.

    Stephen Briggs is an excellent Pratchett narrator and wish he could redo some of the previously recorded books. Nigel Planer was very good but the technology has improved noticeably. (plus I prefer S Briggs - his voice characterisation is closer to the characters in my imagination.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dh
    United Kingdom
    10/31/12
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    "Awesome"

    My favourite TP book, great themes and caricatures throughout. I love this book and have read it several times. Wanted to start again soon as I had finished it. Will definitely get my monies worth on this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Edmund
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    "Not a Thief of my Time!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely. It's just a fantastic book.


    What other book might you compare Thief of Time to, and why?

    If you enjoyed any other Pratchett, or love quirky listens with great analogies, you have to try this.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Susan, sorry, Ms Susan talking to the headteacher. Makes me laugh every time.


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

    I just all round enjoyed it. It makes me laugh so much too.


    Any additional comments?

    Tony Robinson makes a better performance but Briggs does just a good a job with more of the book to go with!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    PETERBOROUGH, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Love Discworld!"

    Another great story of the discworld. I've read them all, and am working through the audio books during long journeys. Love Pratchett's work, and after Tony Robinson this is easily my favourite narrator.



    This is one of my least favourite books of the series, but came alive more with another retelling. Would recommend. Good quality audio too

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  • G
    Sheffield, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Thief of Time"

    I think the ideas in this book are brilliant. Having read the book some years ago, I decided that I must listen to someone reading it. So I have now listened to it twice and usually have to drag myself away to do something else, like eat :-). There are so many ideas in all Terry Pratchett's books and he keeps me smiling all the time. I particularly love this book. The thought of some of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse settling down to a mundane life is, in itself hoot, but to then invent a fifth horseman, who decided to become a milkman is so crazy. Add to the mix the auditors of the universe with their total lack of a sense of humour is perhaps prophetic :-) . In my view, a must read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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