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Publisher's Summary

Interesting Times, the 17th novel in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, finds the planet's oldest empire in the midst of bitter turmoil after the publication of the revolutionary treatise What I Did on My Holidays

Workers, with nothing to lose but their water buffaloes, are joining forces against old warlords, spreading violence throughout Discworld's ancient cities. All that stands in the way of total destruction are three decidedly non-heroic creatures: Rincewind, the world's dumbest wizard, Cohen the Barbarian, who stands 5 feet tall in his surgical sandals and a very special butterfly.  

Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards.

(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1995; Copyright © Terry and Lyn Pratchett, 1994; Cover Illustration © Josh Kirby

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atrocious quality

this should not be made for sale. the vintage recording disclaimer is misleading, there was never a time where this was the acceptable standard

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supperb!

everything I wanted in a discord book. confusion, laughter, confusion. Truly the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy of fantasy, but even better. and i generally prefer sci-fi!

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I think it’s really good

It’s a 10 out of 10 story it had a very good storyline I really liked it! I would recommend this to people who like Fantasy novels with wizards, dragons. I will always have a soft spot for Terry Pratchett’s stories.

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Really good

Absolutely love terry pratchett.. hilarious. Performance was fantastic too! i would recommend reading the previous books in the series before reading this one, but it isn't really necessary to understand the story or enjoy the book on its own

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One of Pratchett’s best

My favorite Rincewind book read to perfection by Nigel Planer. A true joy to revisit.

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Terry Pratchett never disappoints

i love the narrator, he is so expressive. may we all live in uninteresting times

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fantastic

another beaut, Nigel Planer's narration is on point, and Pratchett's writing is as great as ever.

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Interesting...

Sir Terry wrote fantastic books. It allways gives interesting times listening to or reading them.

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As always in the disc world spectacular listening!

Listening to Neigel Planer narrate Interesting Times is as wonderful as witnessing a flash of octarine light in person. The characters come to life as if by magic, or as Rincewind would have it by complete coincidence. I find myself running to the next book. Thank you!

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loved it!

great story, a must for people who like the color of magic and light fantastic.

Nigel Planer's narrating is perfect!

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  • 04-03-15

Great story shame about the sound quality

The sound quality is patchy (and not just the decision to put loads of reverb on the stuff in asterisks). But an excellent book well performed.

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  • Stu
  • 04-13-13

Vintage Pratchett

If you're a terry Pratchett fan then this is a welcome addition to your audio book collection. Interesting Times is a classic Disckworld novel, with the return of rincewind the Wizzard, Twoflower, Cohen and The Luggage. That said, it doesn't quite match up to the previous Rincewind books and feels unusually by the numbers for a Pratchett novel, although an average Pratchett is still a very worthy listen indeed.

Nigel Planer does his usual excellent job as Narrator, with a vocal style that matches the source material perfectly and draws you into the story beautifully.

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  • Emma
  • 11-15-16

Very poor quality audio

The book and Nigel Planer's reading of it are as good as always but this is an extremely poor quality copy of it, with lots of audio distortion, changes in pace as though an original cassette tape has stretched, and odd interruptions that again seem to mark the end of an old set of audio cassettes. Audible should not be offering this very substandard version for sale. I recommend that you do not buy it.

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  • Clare
  • 03-30-11

Interesting Times, Good Times

There are just too many things I love about this story. It makes me laugh and smile and cry and want to kill the bad guys. It also shows how much like warfare teaching really is. The organised and polite rebellion is delightfully sweet and completely ridiculous. And just when things couldn?t get any worse here comes the world?s worst wizard and a hoard of (silver) barbarians. Not to mention there?s always the butterfly?.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-31-18

Brilliant but inaudible in places.

The sound quality is almost inaudible in places, which is such a shame, and almost ruins the narration of this brilliantly funny book.

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  • Marc Pipmister
  • 01-19-15

Great as usual the underlying narrative paradies

truth...reality...people so very well. Every book takes a swipe at life...The universe and everything. look out popular culture...institutions...politics and life in general

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  • Robert
  • 04-09-13

Another excellent Pratchett

If any of you are at all familiar with Pratchett's work you will know of the wizard Rincewind, if not, get The colour of Magic and become so. This I think is possibly one of Pratchett's best involving the most useless and cowardly wizard in all of literary history, while The last Continent may be funnier, Interesting Times is more thought provoking, while still remaining incredibly amusing as always.

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  • Twizzlenics
  • 04-07-21

GNU Terry

I wish I could write like Terry did, I wish the legend was still with us. What would he have made about the interesting times that we’re all living in now??

This story is about life, laughter, heroism and gratuitous violence...that mostly...doesn’t happen.

Nigel Planer is awesome, his voice and cadence submerses you in an epically, accidental adventure. Honestly doesn’t disappoint.

Gotta say...Audible and Terry Pratchett have saved my sanity during this lockdown malarkey!

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  • The Professor
  • 03-31-21

Brilliant

Another example of genius writing and a brilliant performance .

Awesome as always. One of my favourite discworld novels.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-24-21

Thoroughly enjoyable!

Style and delivery fantastic. I wish I could remember all the wonderful turns of phrase.

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  • Calin
  • 08-08-15

Wonderful book and great narrator

I adore the Discworld novels, and this one was particularly good. The ever pessimistic Rincewind stars again alongside a brilliant Genghis Cohen and his Silver Horde. In general, I prefer the Vimes stories to the Rincewind ones, but I thoroughly enjoyed 'Interesting Times'. The story was told very well, with distinct voices for each character and lively and engaging narration. Some of the geriatric barbarians were sometimes difficult to distinguish from one another, as were some of the characters from the Empire. I also thought the voice of Death could have been better done, and the footnotes were occasionally hard to understand. Overall though, excellent!

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  • Beck Hill
  • 11-08-20

Outstanding!

Fantastic as always! Terry Pratchett and Nigel Planer are a combination that can't be beaten. Loved every second of it. Brilliant!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-03-19

a great story !

brilliant , funny, clever and leads straight onto the next book in the series xxxx .

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  • Fahim Ahmad
  • 09-11-18

What I listened to when I had Interesting times

One of my most favourite books ever. The experience was truly an honour. I loved the return of characters and the ending and the layers of the story.