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Publisher's Summary

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." (Amazon.com)

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  • W. S.
  • Jasper, GA, USA
  • 11-23-04

Sure cure for December blues

I can't think of a better tale to listen to while standing in long post office or shipping company lines, being bogged down in holiday traffic, or just generally feeling a bit Grinchy. Wickedly funny, unexpectedly moving in a few spots, always thought-provoking and never sickly sweet, "Hogfather" is a post-Thanksgiving must-read for me. You don't even have to keep Christmas to enjoy it.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Kim
  • Portland, OR, USA
  • 10-22-03

Too much fun!

I've been reading the Discworld series for years. I'm not sure what made me decide to try one in audio format, but I'm SO glad I did! The Discworld books seem to have been meant to be read aloud. I can't believe how much I've been enjoying them since discovering them in audio format. Nigel Planer is amazing. Listening to it was a wonderful experience, very enjoyable.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Hooray for Terry Pratchett!

What made the experience of listening to Hogfather the most enjoyable?

It's a great story that turns childhood fantasy characters on their heads.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Hogfather?

Susan and the poker. I won't spoil it by explaining further.

What about Nigel Planer’s performance did you like?

He is very good at changing his voice to fit the characters, although some additional actors were used as well. I especially enjoyed the actress that spoke for Susan.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Eric
  • San bernardino, CA, United States
  • 01-11-08

New Xmas Favorite

This is easily my favorite Christmas, sorry Hogswatch story. Terry Pratchet spins a delightful tale with great wit and dark humor. The tale is well narrated as well, you can hear Death speaking IN ALL CAPITALS. Wonderful twists on classic themes that doesn't end with a jaded postmodern view. Definately a holiday story for adults (not that it is vulgar in any way) that reminds emotionally captures the "meaning of Hogswatch" without being campy or sugary sweet. Simply delightfull.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Santa Who?

Hogfather brings tears of joy all year round. The story crosses all ages and religions, will have you smiling from ear to ear and give you a stomachache from excessive laughter!

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listen to this

Is good. This requires twenty more words but I have nothing else to say. End

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Hog Father let the Sun Shine

I listen to this over and over as it is such a feel good "story", Terry Pratchett celebrates all that is human in this book of belief, being an adult and remembering what it was like to be a child. This has become one of my favorites- of course lots of laugh out loud moments no matter where you are but there is again the tugging at the heart strings - a tear in the eye - knowing that Terry Pratchett shares the same tear.... Death , Susan, the wizards and the Gods all get involved to save tomorrow. We are all human, and the sun will shine.

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Strange but good

Very strange but quite enthralling bit of fantasy.
Five stars.

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  • Abby
  • Atlanta, GA, USA
  • 10-08-07

Great imagery

It's time for the Hogfather to visit good little girls and boys with gifts. Like everything, there's a darker story to be told and this one involves the Auditors of reality, Death, the Oh God of Hangovers and the Verruca gnome.
As usual, Terry Pratchett has woven a colorful and hilarious story with the dark that exists in all our myths. This is a great story and highly recommended!

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too fun!

I just love Sir Terry Pratchett's work. Mr. Nigel Plainer narrates a treat, to be sure.

quick read, too!

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  • Shawn
  • 10-02-06

Hogfather

Of the many discworld characters is one called The Hogfather. He is the Discworld's version of Father Christmas but with a twist.

All the usual humour in a Pratchett book. The book is essentially a who dunnit. I found the content of this book slightly darker than most of Terry's works, which tend to be a lot lighter in content and humour.

Still the book is a cracking read and one i heartily reccommend.

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  • Stuart
  • 04-15-07

Sooo Funny

Whatever you do, don't listen to this where strangers can see you. Sadly, I don't often laugh at much these days. I've seen and heard most jokes before.
This book had me in stitches. I listen to my books whilst out on my rambles and got some very strange looks as I would suddenly burst out laughing.
With Terry Pratchet's humour being read by Nigel Planar, the man with a hundred voices... the combination is unbeatable. This is fantasy at it's best.

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