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Thief of Time Audiobook

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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    Siri Tromsø, Norway 10-26-14
    Siri Tromsø, Norway 10-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "One of my faverits."

    I realy love this one. it has susen, death, and Time. realy good book and you should giv it a chans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Luc 05-09-14
    Luc 05-09-14
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    "Problematic characterisations disappoint"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • J. Wordsworth
    Exeter, Devon, UK
    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
  • ElltheCam
    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
  • Peter
    Strood, Rochester, United Kingdom
    2/6/16
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    "The best discworld to date for me. Wonderful!"

    Fantastic concepts with real science comically intertwined with Discworld fantasy. Great performance by Stephen Briggs. Not missing Nigel Planer much now but never thought I'd write that a while back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jab Mawer
    1/19/16
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    "Perfectly Pratchett"

    He can do no wrong and this story is a doozy. Fabulous writing and Stephen Briggs brings it to life as always.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lou
    12/20/15
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    "fantastic"

    not going to give an overview of the story. it's fantastic. listen to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Katherine
    DURHAM, United Kingdom
    12/5/15
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    "Excellent introduction to the Discworld Universe"
    What did you like most about Thief of Time?

    Thief of Time was one of the first few Discworld books I ever read, and it still remains one of my favourites. I think it's an excellent introduction to the the Discworld universe, which can be quite daunting to jump into as a newbie, but it has enough of the whole general world for old hands to appreciate. It includes Ankh-Morpork, the guilds, igors, the auditors, Death, and the witches nicely- enough to get a feel of a world, but also a nice nod to all the other parts of the Discworld universe to make it feel connected to the rest of the canon, which is something that I feel Pyramids (and perhaps also Small Gods) suffered from.


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

    Monstrous Regiment. Another good standalone that has wonderful connections to the wider universe but is separate enough to be self contained. A wonderful new ensemble cast and great nods to fan favourites.


    What about Stephen Briggs’s performance did you like?

    Very good. Good range of voices as always, and managed to do all the History Monks' voices without falling into the trap of Generic Asian Wiseman voice. Excellent


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

    Thoughtful and amused, as always with Pratchett


    Any additional comments?

    "Pull up a small child" is one of my favourite lines of literature of all time

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chris Atkinson
    12/2/15
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    "Great Story, Loved it!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Thief of Time to be better than the print version?

    Audio books are so much easier, you can get on with other things while listening like driving or cooking.


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

    I'd say this book on a similar line to most other Pratchett books I've read or listened too. I wouldn't want to compare them as I think each work should stand on its own.


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Briggs – was your favourite?

    Stephen Briggs brought the Auditors to life for me. made me think of them the way i always imagined them.


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

    I mainly listen to audio books in the car while driving. And I must admit that there were quite a number of times I found my self laughing at the story. Some parts are quite funny.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story written in the typical Pratchett style. Really easy to listen to, and well read by Stephen Briggs. It’s a story about the history monks, Deaths granddaughter, the Auditors and the 5 horsemen of the apocalypse. I don’t want to say too much then I don’t spoil it for anyone else. It really is a 5 star listen and I would highly recommend this book to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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