Terry Pratchett joins up with a leading folklorist to reveal the legends, myths and customs of Discworld, together with helpful hints from Planet Earth....
The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner and Other Stories is the second fabulously funny short story collection from the late acclaimed storyteller Terry Pratchett....
Seventeen-year-old Dodger may be a street urchin, but he gleans a living from London's sewers, and he knows a jewel when he sees one. He's not about to let anything happen to the unknown girl....
The world will end on Saturday. Next Saturday. Just before dinner, according to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies....
To the thousands of tiny nomes who live under the floorboards of a large department store, there is no Outside....
The sea has taken everything. Thirteen-year-old Mau is the only one left after a giant wave sweeps his island village away. But when much is taken, something is returned....
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"Interesting Times" is one of my favourite Pratchett books, and Nigel Planer does his usual terrific job converting it to audio. The story pokes fun at all things Oriental (or Auriental in the story -- where the gold comes from, you see), or more to the point, it makes fun of Western cliches about the Orient. The scene where Cohen and his horde of elderly barbarians take on the ninjas is perhaps one of the funniest things I've ever read/heard. "That was impressive," says one barbarian, "the way that lad jumped backwards across the room like that." "You shouldn't ought to have stuck your sword out in his way like that, though," another chimes in. "He's learned a valuable lesson!"
Any Pratchett fan will love this book.
15 of 15 people found this review helpful
The sound quality is atrocious. There are sections of the story that sound like they were recorded in an echo chamber.
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To me, Interesting Times is when the Rincewind series starts to get good. Colour of Magic is meh, The Light Fantastic is enjoyable but could be better, Sourcery is a downer, and Eric is colorful, but a little too old-school Pratchett (note Hell's existence has been ignored in every subsequent Discworld novel). Interesting Times is the first Rincewind novel set in the "modern" Discworld, and maintains the light, humorous atmosphere throughout. Lord Hong is an unforgettable villain, Ghengis Cohen a treat to cheer for, and the Silver Horde a non-stop source of amusement. The visit to the ninja's gym is one of my favorite scenes in the series. Highly recommend.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
A typically good Discworld book - perhaps slightly more ragged than usual, but full of biting satire and wonderful characters - including the welcome return of some much loved characters from the earlier books.
In particular, an excellent and exciting final act.
As usual, Nigel Planer does an unparalled job of narration, with multiple voices and accents. I can honestly say he is the best narrator of any Audio Book I've ever heard - if only they were all as good as him!
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
This is an absolutely laugh-out-loud hillarious book. If you don't find the comedy in this book, then your sense of humor is broken!
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Would you consider the audio edition of Interesting Times to be better than the print version?
Cohen the Barbarian Kicks Conan in the loin cloth ! <br/><br/>Best Barbarian Ever !
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Pratchett once again cuts to the heart of the matter and delivers an excellent social commentary on the issues of integrating a growing city and the role of the press in a free society. The fact that it's as funny as hell is pure cream.
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Pratchett looked to be running out steam here. It is one of the last of the Rincewind novels, but still a good read.
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Terry Pratchett has done it again with this laugh-out-loud funny work entitled, "Interesting Times".
Nigel planer does his usual excellent work in voicing this one, although the sound quality at several times is quite poor. The addition of a jingle sound to indicate a jump in perspective was welcome in this novel, as occasionally would take several paragraphs before you would realize that you'd dramatically jumped perspectives.
I didn't rate this is a straight 5-5-5 because of the atrocious sound quality at several points.
In particular I like Rinsewind. I've always felt a certain fondness for him. Less magic in this than many of his previous works, but just a whole lot of fun and the level of satire and parody he throws at our perceptions, Western perceptions of the Orient is quite extensive.
Seriously though, you made it this far in the series, (book 17) so you keep going because you're already a fan.
Loved it! Loved it! Loved it! Loved it! Loved it! Loved it! Loved it! Loved it! Loved it! Seven unique words. And many many moooore!