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Interesting Times, the seventeenth 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 3 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.

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

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Great reading of a Pratchett classic!

"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

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  • David
  • North Canton, OH, United States
  • 11-16-11

good story; bad recording

The sound quality is atrocious. There are sections of the story that sound like they were recorded in an echo chamber.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Always happy to relisten to this one

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

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Excellent

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

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Hillarious

Excellent Narraration!

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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Best Barbarian Ever !

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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  • Perry
  • Gilroy, CA, United States
  • 06-21-06

More Excellent Social Insight

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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  • Edmund
  • waukegan, IL, USA
  • 08-25-04

Not his best, but that is still better then most

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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another great work

Terry Pratchett has done it again with this laugh-out-loud funny work entitled, &quot;Interesting Times&quot;.
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.
Enjoy.

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Many LOLs!

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!