(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1995; Copyright © Terry and Lyn Pratchett, 1991; Cover Illustration © Josh Kirby
so much fun. one of the few books where Death is an object of empathy. Loved the idea that the reaper has to care for his crop. The narrator creates a strong sence of nuance. Never has a bogeyman sounded so alive.
The performance of this book was top notch. I liked all the voices Nigel gave to various characters. My only complaint is that the changes in scenes are very abrupt, it would be nice if there were a pause to indicate that. While that lack of any indication works well in the books, it doesn't work as much while listening. Other than that minor complaint, it is hard to find a flaw in this performance.
"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....
"What can the harvest hope for..."
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.
"One of the most moving of the Discworld book"
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.
"Brilliant as expected"
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.
"don't fear the reaper"
I love this story. a witty outsiders perspective on the value of life, in all it's weird manifestations.
"Pratchett at his best!"
as I said above Pratchett at his best and his best is sublime! so funny even belly laughs at times!
"Perfect addition to the Death saga."
Very easy to listen to. Nigel planer gives yet another perfect performance that helps develop each character
"Vintage Terry Pratchett!"
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.
loved the story and the characters poignant funny and absorbing!
Terry Pratchett never fails! to deliver
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