Terry Pratchett has long been hailed as one of the kings of fantasy. In this, the 16th book in his unfailingly popular Discworld series, he gives us a sneaky glimpse into the personal life of one of his most iconic characters: Death himself.
On the planet of Discworld, phrases like "there's a Death in the family" take on a whole new meaning. Young Susan has always suspected that her Grandfather was different, as though all the time he spent riding a white horse and wielding a scythe weren't enough of a giveaway. Now that her worst fears have been confirmed, Susan learns that she's expected to take over the family business when she grows up, even though most people mistake her for the Tooth Fairy. But as attractive as Death can be to many people, Susan is drawn into something else: the exciting, addictive heavy beats of "Music with Rocks In," Discworld's latest dance craze.
(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1996; Copyright © Terry and Lyn Pratchett, 1994
This is one of my all-time favourite books, and the reading is great too, but I find the sound quality disappointing. Still worth buying, but I'd be happy to invest in an updated recording.
Another book filled with the humour and brilliance that we?ve come to expect for Terry Pratchett and Discworld. A story that, when you come down to it, is just ?Music With Rocks In?. The characters are plentiful and divers, and you find yourself loving and hating them by turns. If there was one slight let down it was the sound quality, but nothing unexpected from an older recording and it in no way detracts from the story.
I love the subtle(?) humour in Terry Pratchett's books, and this one is no exception.
The sideways inclusion of hit songs of the sixties really made me chuckle, the story is a trifle potty, but brilliantly so.
Excellent listening, another one to add to the listen again list!
The characters immediately appealed and I was gripped to the story within the first five minutes. The further humanisation of Death our favourite anthropomorphic personification is amusing as he first drinks and then goes off to forget by joining the foreign legion. This interplay of new charecters and themes over familiar settings and some old favorites (such as CMOT Dibbler as music mogul) makes this another grin fest. I always reach for a Terry Pratchett book when I want to be thought provokingly amused and walk around smiling inanely while listening to the story on audio. Soul Music did not dissapoint. Only slight downside is that this recording seemed to lack audio quality - seemed a bit biscuit tinney and although I enjoy Nigel Planer's narration, I do prefer Stephen Briggs.
If you love 'music with rocks in it' this book will be a joy! Terry Pratchetts imagination never ceases to amaze me. He is a genius of a storyteller, and Nigel Planers narration brings life to all of the wonderful characters that are introduced in this story.I laughed alot and would thoroughly recommend.
A great performance ruined by lazy editing by audible staff. Long silences, random interjections of 'side three' etc and an additional copyright waring bang in the middle of the book ruins what should be one a delightful story.
Yes if there was a better recording availably
twists and clever play on musical titles and artists
narrator was fine the recording quality was poor, muffled, varied in sound levels and quality, sometimes straining to actually hear the words.
the hills are alive with the sound of music!!!
brilliant book spoilt by poor quality recording
can never fault Mr Pratchetts work, however the recording sucked.... tinny or muffled but both not acceptable, it felt like it had been recorded off a very low grade device onto an even lower grade medium. for some generations out there this will be completely alien but remember when u used to record your favourite song off the radio using a separate tape Recorder? definitely not up to Audible usual standard.....
Old audio. You have to crank up the volume to hear the conversation. Not worth the buy. The story is good though.
"very poor audio quality"
the very poor audio quality of this book makes it annoying to listen to. save your money.
"Unacceptable audio quality"
The publisher needs to remaster this. It sounds like a duplicate made by holding a tape recorder up to a speaker. The sound is atrocious and should not be made available for sale on this service.
"Living on borrowed Music"
If you have never read the discword this isn't the book to start with; there are lots of establish story lines going on and you will be much happier starting with Mort.
For those who have read Mort and Reaper Man - you know all about Death and Susan.
This book is about the crowd, music and fame. Something which Pratchett - personal feel - falls a little short on. It's much better then Moving Pictures but somehow need seemed as neat to me as some of the other books.
"Witty, entertaining and full of small easter eggs"
To most of the other Terry Pratchett books
A very funny terminator 2 reference and chase scene where death attempts to ride a motorcycle - with somewhat limited success.
I did laugh. A lot.
If you are new to Terry Pratchett and his discworld series this is a decent jumping on point.
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