Thief of Time comes complete with a full supporting cast of heroes, villains, yetis, martial artists, and Ronnie, the fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse (who left before they became famous).
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clever and funny and compassionate and makes one's world somehow less cruel and stupid.
God bless Sir Saint Terry. I have been an enthusiastic fan since I stumbled upon his 2nd book. He is the only author I bought in hard back in my lowly paid years. Little cash versus a wait - no contest.
Anyhow and however, in print this had been one of my lower rated diskworld novels. As an audiobook it is in my top3.
Stephen Briggs narration is clear and perfectly paced. The characters are "just right" for my imagination and well demarkated but unobtrusively so.
Thief of Time has brilliant pacing and keeps your attention throughout. I enjoy sharing time with the monk Lu-Tze and it's always nice to hear more about Death and Susan. Along with the Auditors, Jeremy and the forgotten Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse, there is a great cast to gel with throughout this book.
The plot revolves around the Auditors wanting to bring order to the universe in their own crazy way and contains a healthy amount of reflection of real-world culture in a humorous and fantasy style. Stephen Briggs is an excellent narrator and clearly has a strong bond with the Discworld universe which allows him to bring a fun and enthusiastic portrayal of the story to the audio book.
It's been a little while since picking a discworld book and I'm so glad a picked this one. It's full off Terry pratchetts literal way of seeing the world. If you like the story's with death and Susan then you should love this one.
I love Terry Pratchett and have eagerly awaited and bought his books since his first paperback publication.
Thought this was one of his better books and thoroughly enjoyed the reading but was astonished at how I got something different from the audiobook. In fact I got much more.
Looking back getting this was a mistake because my spending on audiobooks then escalated.
Stephen Briggs is an excellent Pratchett narrator and wish he could redo some of the previously recorded books. Nigel Planer was very good but the technology has improved noticeably. (plus I prefer S Briggs - his voice characterisation is closer to the characters in my imagination.
My favourite TP book, great themes and caricatures throughout. I love this book and have read it several times. Wanted to start again soon as I had finished it. Will definitely get my monies worth on this one.
I think the ideas in this book are brilliant. Having read the book some years ago, I decided that I must listen to someone reading it. So I have now listened to it twice and usually have to drag myself away to do something else, like eat :-). There are so many ideas in all Terry Pratchett's books and he keeps me smiling all the time. I particularly love this book. The thought of some of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse settling down to a mundane life is, in itself hoot, but to then invent a fifth horseman, who decided to become a milkman is so crazy. Add to the mix the auditors of the universe with their total lack of a sense of humour is perhaps prophetic :-) . In my view, a must read.
I think this is the first audio book where I have listened to it again immediately after finishing. I have just finished the second listen and loved it just as much.
As often the case with TP the characters are what make it so wonderful. I have always been a huge fan of Death so was delighted to see him appear. However, I now have another to put in the same bracket as Vimes, Moist Von Lipwig and co. The Sweeper. A fabulous character, beautifully brought to life.
The laughs are there, the story is good and there are old favourites along with some new (to me at least) candidates. I won't listen to anyone else narrate TP, this is undeniably the right voice. Give this book your time, it's absolutely worth it.
I love the Pratchett books, and Stephen Briggs is ok at the narration, but AUDIBLE seem intent on producing audio books quickly and cheaply with no thought of quality control.
Come on Amazon, you should be better than this.
You are filing patents for drones in the sky; well, as Pratchett said, in order to build castles in the sky, you need to have your feet on solid ground.
Get the basics right, high quality recordings without errors, then we can just use these audio books as intended.
Vimes, because he is simple, straightforward and honest
Some of the voice characterisations didn't square with my own thoughts
Are you kidding? Of course I would.
I love Terry Pratchett, I usually love Stephen Briggs narration. But somehow this book felt stilted. I'll try it again at some point perhaps but I definitely wasn't love at first listen. First thing I have felt like this about in audible. Perhaps Pratchett's books just work better written down.
brilliant , kept me smiling all the way through, Terry's imagination never ceases to amaze me , and couldn't have been narrated by anyone better ,every character a wonder , loved every minute
I've listened to this so many times and though I adore the story itself, the narration is excellent and really brings it alive. I would highly recommend this!
"Light and fun"
A very pleasant book to listen to while getting some exercise. Although apparently laughing while running is not a good idea. I almost fell off the treadmill.
"Loved it! "
I found both the story and the narration was brilliant! Hilarious. I couldn't put it down.
"One of my faverits."
I realy love this one. it has susen, death, and Time. realy good book and you should giv it a chans.
"Problematic characterisations disappoint"
This is one of my all time favourite Discworld books, and I've listened to Stephen Briggs and Tony Robinson read Pterry's books since for a long time. I was hesitant going into an audio version of 'Thief of Time', because so many of the gags are visual, but they mostly worked, which is great. What doesn't work is Briggs' corny and hackneyed "oriental" accents for the History Monks. When I first started listening, I was dismayed that I was listening to a Micky Rooney-esque yellow-face interpretation of these characters. To add insult to injury, Briggs doesn't seem able to maintain the atrociously bad accent, dropping in and out of various levels of awfulness. It was just plain sad and disappointing, and I don't know whether it was Briggs' decision, his director, or whose, but I spent most of the recording wishing it would stop. Bad. Just Bad.
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