(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1995; Copyright © Terry and Lyn Pratchett, 1991; Cover Illustration © Josh Kirby
Say something about yourself!
Amongst the audiobooks I have listened to I would rank Reaper Man very highly - perhaps even higher than Mort - which was the book thar introduced me to the Discworld...Thank you Sir Terry for everything. The audio is much cleaner throughout than Mort allowing some of the more unusual jokes to be better understood.
My favourite character throughout was Death/Bill Door as for a character who is NORMALLY distinctly non-human you feel his emotions and his genuine respect for the 'harvest' thar comes with the duty. Even when he doesn't understand something he honestly does try.
I enjoyed Planer's performance mostly because he was able to make me empathise with all the important characters, ranging from Poons to Lupine to hatred of the Auditors. He is a narrator that can make you feel the emotion in the text as well as clear difference in the voices to tell who is talking. To quote the text: "NEVER A CROWN."
There were many moments that moved me however they could well be considered spoilers. Therefore I will quote one. "WHAT CAN THE HARVEST HOPE FOR, IF NOT FOR THE CARE OF THE REAPER MAN?"
This book comes highly recommended. And once again thank you Sir Terry.
Writer and reader
This was one of the first Discworld books I read, and it's a very moving book, as well as being as funny and quirky as you'd expect from Discworld. It's the one that confirmed me as a fan and made me want to get hold of every Discworld books available at the time.
Though I prefer the Stephen Briggs narrations, Nigel Planer is excellent too.
Audio quality wasn't amazing, but the story was great! Maybe upload a slightly higher bitrate audio file audible? Don't miss out on this book just because of the audio though, it's still worth a listen!
A lovely story about Death HIMSELF. it brings out how the character has built up a personality that charms and wins you over. The auditors appear a number of times within stories, to see them defeated again makes you feel warm inside. There's even some deadly romance that made me laugh out loud.
Just a brief comment to the producers. other gaps between changes of scene would have helped. And there was some background noise towards the end.
Otherwise, it was TP at his most excellent best.
Say something about yourself!
Very easy to listen to. Nigel planer gives yet another perfect performance that helps develop each character
Excellent work from Sir Terry, this being another instalment in the 'Death' stories - utterly delighted to see the foundation for 'Raising Steam' in here too (the more you read this series, the more it knits together). Loved it! Downside was the performance and sound quality, there were times where there was 'feedback' on the recording, which was a little off putting and Nigel Planer is good, but I don't think he is the best narrator of Sir Terry's work.
"Finally available in North America"
Quite a lot of the Discworld books were only availabe in abridged versions in north america. Was very very happy to see that has been remedied. I enjoyed Reaper Man very much, both the story itself and the Narration by Nigel Planer, whom I have found to be excellent reading these stories. I'm going to be using a lot of credits now....
"One of the best 'what if'"
Love it. Death is a most complex mirror of personalities. Story, plot and characters are perfect.
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