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
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.
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.
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.
"Excellent narration of one of my favourite books"
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.
"time flies listening to this book"
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.
"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.
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.
"if you like going postal, love this"
another solid TP novel. if you liked going postal, this will go down a treat.
I loved absolutely everything about this book. This is the first Terry Pratchett novel I listened to, and the one which got me hooked on Diskworld.
Briggs has fantastic characterisations for Pratchett's wide cast. His voices are often just as you'd imagine them in your head whilst reading.
Such a wonderful piece of story telling. Plenty of twists and laughs along the way.
"Sir Terry on form"
Wonderful Terry Pratchett telling another great tale and populating his world with more fantastic creations.
As with so many readers and adoring fans, a genuine hole has been left with his death.
"Thief of time"
Would listen again in case I missed something
No memorable moments--the whole book is captivating!!
Stephen is good in all his characterisations. But to choose 1, his portrayal of Igor is first class.
This is a book for the disc world fanatics. But, as usual, Terry's storytelling is a delight.
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