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It's the night before Hogwatch. And it's too quiet.

There's snow, there are robins, there are trees covered with decorations, but there's a notable lack of the fat man who delivers the toys...

He's gone.

Susan the governess has to find him before morning, otherwise the sun won't rise. And unfortunately her only helpers are a raven with an eyeball fixation, the Death of Rats ("the grim squeaker"), and an oh god of hangovers. Worse still, someone is coming down the chimney. This time he's carrying a sack instead of a scythe, but there's something regrettably familiar...

Ho. Ho. Ho.

It's true what they say..."You'd better watch out..."

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©1996 Terry and Lyn Pratchett; (P)1999 Isis Publishing Ltd.

Critic Reviews

"Discworld is more complicated and satisfactory than Oz. Truly original. Pratchett creates a brilliant excess of delectable detail!" (Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine) "The characters, the conceits, the jibes at contemporary intellectual currents are delightful." (AudioFile)
"You needn't have read Pratchett before to laugh uproariously and think seriously about the meanings of Christmas." (

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I first saw the Hogfather movie in the UK before I read any of the Discworld books. I slept through the movie (might have been the jet lag). After listening to the audiobook, I can appreciate the wonderful film. Nigel Planer does a fine performance, but I must say that I prefer Tony Robinson's Death to anyone else's including Briggs.

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One of Pratchett's best

This was the first Terry Pratchett/Discworld book that I found and is still one of my favorites.

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Not as good as the movie

I was surprised to find I liked the movie better than the book, which was disappointing, but it was still entertaining and fun.

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I bought this for a bookclub read

My scifi book club was reading this and since I like Terry Pratchett and Discworld I was excited about it. I couldn't finish reading it. It didn't seem to have any plot to speak of. Somehow the grim reaper, his daughter, various gods and the Hogfather are all mixed together in the story. To say much more would spoil any surprise you might be looking forward to. With the many good reviews I have to believe that my view of the book is unusual but I got more than half way through the book before I just couldn't bring myself to listen to it any longer. I listened to it most of the way from NC to WV and just couldn't continue.

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  • Matthew
  • Manchester, NH, USA
  • 11-18-07

Stephn Briggs should read ALL Pratchett books

The title says it all. Nigel Planer is OK but Briggs is masterful. I have several Pratchett audio books and Briggs always delights.
Hogsfather is a great story but the reader is only so-so.

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slow boring stupid

Don't waist your time. I've listened to over 50 audible titles and this is the very worst

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