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
The original recording of this story used an ensemble cast that had as much feel for the material as a centipede does for a bicycle. I'm annoyed that I had to purchase this audiobook twice, but I'm glad that I finally got a good reading of an excellent story. If, like me, you purchased the original recording, buy this. You'll be glad you did.
First off, I should admit that I've read Thief of Time before which is what prompted me to buy the audiobook so I could listen to it on drives. As such I have no problem following the plot but it can be a little complicated for people who don't have previous experience with Pratchett's work, I tried to get a friend to listen and he couldn't really follow the story. Since I've read if before I thought it was great, the narrator has the perfect voice (British obviously) for the work and has a good since of comedic timing. Loved it!
I have heard Stephen Briggs read 14 of Pratchett's books and I liked Thief of Time best. His talent for humor is on full display as he portrays the abbot of a monastery who is a 900 year old monk in a less than 2 year old infant's body. Both ages alternately are heard from the infant with memorable results.
The monks seem to be created from David Caradine's old Kung Fu TV series and all his Egors seem to be a recreation of Marty Feldman's role in Young Frankenstein. Highly recommended for fans of Pratchett and Briggs.
This comes right before the incredible and brilliant Night Watch - and it makes an interesting background history for that.
Susan, granddaughter of Death, has a big role in this story and is lots of fun for fans of her character - though the monks of time actually play the largest part.
The plots bears well under a second reading, in fact, it actually improves with it-
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.
High school American history teacher from Texas
One of the top listening experiences I've enjoyed
Almost any other book in the Discworld series although this does some great character expanding with top-notch humor
The auditors - all of them
It is written that there is no time to see Thief of Time like the present.
wife,mother, hard worker... and lover of romance and wit
The Timing and nuanced reading by the narrator brings this book to life. Terry Pratchett is the king of clever, witty, and realistic in a very unrealistic setting.
the fast pace and the interwoven story lines (and the funny interplay between the characters)
Lutz-say (the sweeper) think- little bald Buddha with an attitude
Great story. I felt like I was in the worlds most entertaining temporal mechanics class (with out the headache of trying to pretend that I knew what the bleep anyone was talking about!) I would recommend this book to anyone!!! (whether you've read a discworld book or not)
This was an entertaining book that was well read by the speaker. He has a wide range of accents, making is easy to keep track of characters.
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.
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