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(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1995; Copyright © Terry and Lyn Pratchett, 1994; Cover Illustration © Josh Kirby
I adore the Discworld novels, and this one was particularly good. The ever pessimistic Rincewind stars again alongside a brilliant Genghis Cohen and his Silver Horde. In general, I prefer the Vimes stories to the Rincewind ones, but I thoroughly enjoyed 'Interesting Times'. The story was told very well, with distinct voices for each character and lively and engaging narration. Some of the geriatric barbarians were sometimes difficult to distinguish from one another, as were some of the characters from the Empire. I also thought the voice of Death could have been better done, and the footnotes were occasionally hard to understand. Overall though, excellent!
great story, a must for people who like the color of magic and light fantastic.
Nigel Planer's narrating is perfect!
"witty dialogue with so so story. "
lots of Monty Python-esque type of humour. It drags on quite a bit but doesn't quite reach the point of overbearing or break into hilarity either. IMO the Rincewind stories are the weakest of Pratchet's work.
"Interesting Times, Good Times"
There are just too many things I love about this story. It makes me laugh and smile and cry and want to kill the bad guys. It also shows how much like warfare teaching really is. The organised and polite rebellion is delightfully sweet and completely ridiculous. And just when things couldn?t get any worse here comes the world?s worst wizard and a hoard of (silver) barbarians. Not to mention there?s always the butterfly?.
"Another excellent Pratchett"
If any of you are at all familiar with Pratchett's work you will know of the wizard Rincewind, if not, get The colour of Magic and become so. This I think is possibly one of Pratchett's best involving the most useless and cowardly wizard in all of literary history, while The last Continent may be funnier, Interesting Times is more thought provoking, while still remaining incredibly amusing as always.
"Great story shame about the sound quality"
The sound quality is patchy (and not just the decision to put loads of reverb on the stuff in asterisks). But an excellent book well performed.
If you're a terry Pratchett fan then this is a welcome addition to your audio book collection. Interesting Times is a classic Disckworld novel, with the return of rincewind the Wizzard, Twoflower, Cohen and The Luggage. That said, it doesn't quite match up to the previous Rincewind books and feels unusually by the numbers for a Pratchett novel, although an average Pratchett is still a very worthy listen indeed.
Nigel Planer does his usual excellent job as Narrator, with a vocal style that matches the source material perfectly and draws you into the story beautifully.
"Very poor quality audio"
The book and Nigel Planer's reading of it are as good as always but this is an extremely poor quality copy of it, with lots of audio distortion, changes in pace as though an original cassette tape has stretched, and odd interruptions that again seem to mark the end of an old set of audio cassettes. Audible should not be offering this very substandard version for sale. I recommend that you do not buy it.
"Great as usual the underlying narrative paradies"
truth...reality...people so very well. Every book takes a swipe at life...The universe and everything. look out popular culture...institutions...politics and life in general
"Not bad at all."
A very good story. But Terry does it better. Shame but all in all not bad.
Great Book withe amazing plot the jokes never get old one of his best books ever
"My Favourite Pratchett"
There is no substitute for the book in your hand.
The first time I heard Lord Hong
"Classic Discworld. Brilliant."
The quality of the recording is however, showing it's age - not the crispest.
The storytelling is good and Pratchett's humor and wit unbeatable.
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