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...
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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"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)
In my opinion this is TP's best Discworld novel, read brilliantly by Nigel Planer, however, after hearing some of the Discworld novels read by Stephen Briggs I find it hard to go back to Planer simply because Briggs is so great. So, in short, if you're going to spend £20 on an audio book of TP's make it a Stephen Briggs one.
Nigel Planer does his usual excellent job with another Discworld title. There were moments when I laughed out loud, embarrassing as I was listening on headphones, at the banter between the Death of Rats and Quoth. This was in spite of Planer's Raven sounding very like his Granny Weatherwax from other books.
He reads at the same pace as the book which, like most Pratchetts, doesn't pause for chapter breaks.
Brilliant rendition, highly recommended, and not just for Christmas.
The narration of Terry Pratchett's books, particularly this one, are a joy to listen to. In this brilliant addition to the series the Hogfather has gone missing and Death steps in, resulting in much mirth amid tongue-in-cheek christmas allegory.
I definitely will be listening to it again this Christmas Eve, perhaps with family or all snuggled up alone.
Another Terry Pratchett novel brought to life by Nigel Planer. Thoroughly enjoyed the return of Susan and of course her Grandfather, Death!
I like this book. I like to read it at chrismas time about every other year. I thought it would be good to hear a reading of it for a change. I chose the Nigel Planer audiobook because it is unabridged. I had to stop listening after not very long. Planer is so boring! I did re-visit the audiobook but could not get into it - there is no sense of fun or mischief.
How I loved this! Such fun, wit and silliness... and beautifully read (performed) by Nigel Planer. Something to come back to and enjoy year after year.
Nigel Planer's voice characterisation is very good, and he reads it at a good pace. I've read all but two of Pratchett's books and took a leap of faith in purchasing this audiobook. I have to say I was not disappointed. I'm still working my way through it (with great delight) but so far can highly recommend this title and this reader.
It's taken me forever to pick up a Terry Pratchett novel. I'm so glad that I finally have! This book features Death who's just such a fabulous character. You can't help but feel sorry for him! The narrator does a great job of the different voices and the storyline is just brilliant and full of laughs.
A credit well spent!
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