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.
"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.
"Something just didn't gel with me..."
I love Terry Pratchett, I usually love Stephen Briggs narration. But somehow this book felt stilted. I'll try it again at some point perhaps but I definitely wasn't love at first listen. First thing I have felt like this about in audible. Perhaps Pratchett's books just work better written down.
"full of hidden smiles"
brilliant , kept me smiling all the way through, Terry's imagination never ceases to amaze me , and couldn't have been narrated by anyone better ,every character a wonder , loved every minute
I love the disc world novels and laugh out loud all the time reading the books, yet I hardly cracked a smile.
The narrator has no concept of comedy timing and frequently the pace of delivery was fast for no apparent reason.
He uses the same 3 voices for multiple characters which was very annoying and distracting.
"One of my favourites"
I've read this book several times. Always enjoy it. Lu Tze is one of my favourite minor characters in the Discworld. And any book with Death and Susan is a good book imo.
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