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
Understand that I'm a rabid Discworld fan but this book was massively disappointing. I wasn't expecting much because I'm not a big fan of stories involving the manipulation of time but this book failed to meet even my low expectations. The story is confusing. I had trouble following much of it. Even the usually stellar Stephen Briggs had me gnashing my teeth by having one of the major characters (Liu Tse) speaking alternately in Chinese & Cockney accents. It was infuriating. I suppose you could argue that this was intended and part of the story (for reasons I won't discuss here) but even if that was the case, it really added nothing to the story and was a constant source of irritation. When placed next to some of my favorite Discworld books such as "Making Money" or "Going Postal", "Thief of Time" is just plain bad. Thank goodness I didn't listen to this one early in my Discworld readings because it would have soured me on the entire series. That would have been a shame because I generally consider both Pratchett & Briggs to be brilliant as evidenced by the fact that I am mourning that there are only a handful of Discworld books left for me to read. I am at a complete loss to understand all the rave reviews for this book.
Absolutely! Discworld novels are always fun to revisit. Much like your favorite Star Trek or Dr. Who episodes. The funny parts become funnier, the action anticipated eagerly, the characters richer. Not to mention cameos by discworld favorites.
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams for its humor and pacing.
Dimension of Miracles by Robert Sheckley for dry wit and bumbling lead characters
Terry Pratchett classics, Colour of Magic, Equal Rites and Going Postal just to name a few due to the roller coaster pace, gripping adventure and superb dialog.
In a particular scene, the Auditors take human form. Shortly after, we see how they instantly start to squabble over silly things like; who's name is more superior (they are named for colors) and who was born first (they assumed form at almost the same exact time). I admit to outbursts of laughter as they settled in to their bodies. By settle in, I mean they steadily became more petty and violent as the story unfolds.
I also enjoyed Deaths meeting with War. The entire scene is hilarious. And anything with the infant Abbot.
The only thing I can think of as particularly moving was when Lobsang finds out he is also Jeremy. The cameo by Nanny Og was nice.
It's very nice to be thoroughly entertained at breakneck pace. Discworld always provides beloved characters and enough end of world peril to keep me finding excuses to be swept away.
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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