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.
©1998 Terry and Lyn Pratchett; (P)2001 Isis Publishing Ltd
I love Terry Pratchett's Disc World series and I also love listening to Stephen Briggs' take on the characters. In this case I also own a copy of the earlier, Fantastic Audio, version of "Thief of Time," with an ensemble cast, which I also enjoyed. I've read this book half a dozen times and listened to both audio versions several times as well and I love them all. Each has something to recommend it.
I highly recommend this as a great listen for any Pratchett fan or for anyone who enjoys listening to the work of Stephen Briggs.
As another reviewer pointed out, however, it would be easy to get lost in the plot if you have no familiarity at all with the Disc World series.
Pratchett's take on humanity is spot on and his sense of irony is sharp.
Briggs brings Pratchett's characters alive and makes them memorable.
If you have a long car ride planned this would be a good one to have along.
This is one of my favorite stories and hearing it only brought home how much I love it and why.
Stephen Brigg's expression and slight voice changes for each of the characters help breathe life and personality into them. Excellent Job!!
It was so hard to put the headphones down. I have a really long commute and will be listening to it again.
I started my Discworld journey with Going Postal and none of the other four I've listened to since have been nearly as enjoyable. This was easily my least favorite. The story line was preposterous even by Discworld standards, but the killer was the accent of Lu-Tze. It invoked the worst of the racist Charlie Chan movies, and made this book nearly unlistenable. I think both narrator and author are culpable here, because the speech of The Sweeper is in pidgin English, and pronounced in an awful accent by Stephen Briggs. I'm hoping my next (yes, I'll keep trying because Postal was so amazing) Discworld is better.
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