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Publisher's Summary

Interesting Times, the seventeenth novel in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, finds the planet's oldest empire in the midst of bitter turmoil after the publication of the revolutionary treatise What I Did on My Holidays. Workers, with nothing to lose but their water buffaloes, are joining forces against old warlords, spreading violence throughout Discworld's ancient cities. All that stands in the way of total destruction are 3 decidedly non-heroic creatures: Rincewind, the world's dumbest wizard; Cohen the Barbarian, who stands 5 feet tall in his surgical sandals; and a very special butterfly.

Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards.

(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1995; Copyright © Terry and Lyn Pratchett, 1994; Cover Illustration © Josh Kirby

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Wonderful book and great narrator

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!

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  • Paul Swanson
  • 15-05-2017

As always in the disc world spectacular listening!

Listening to Neigel Planer narrate Interesting Times is as wonderful as witnessing a flash of octarine light in person. The characters come to life as if by magic, or as Rincewind would have it by complete coincidence. I find myself running to the next book. Thank you!

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  • Alice
  • 19-08-2016

loved it!

great story, a must for people who like the color of magic and light fantastic.

Nigel Planer's narrating is perfect!

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  • Adam Watkins
  • 06-08-2016

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.

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  • Clare
  • 30-03-2011

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?.

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  • Bethany Black
  • 03-04-2015

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.

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  • Stu
  • 13-04-2013

Vintage Pratchett

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.

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  • Emma
  • 15-11-2016

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.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-01-2015

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

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  • Robert
  • 09-04-2013

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.

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  • MR
  • 03-02-2018

wonderful fun

the return of Rincewind, Twoflower & Cohen all together for the first time since the light fantastic but this time it's on the counterweight contenent

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  • Matt Cape
  • 23-01-2018

shame about the recording quality

Pratchett at his best and Nigel planer is a great fit for the diskworld series. it's just a shame Audible decided to use an old crappy tape deck to record this copy. terrible sound quality and really aggressive anti-pirating messages. clean it up audible - the pratchett audiobooks are ripe for a full remastering.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27-10-2017

Love Terry Pratchett and love Rincewind

Laugh out loud funny, Terry's one liners for Rincewind and Cohen are pure genius. Highly recommended listening.

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  • Nina
  • 16-09-2017

Big Trouble in Little Discworld.

I just can't get enough of "Discworld". There are no other books that make me laugh out loud like Sir Terry Pratchett's novels.

This one brings back all the favourite characters from Rincewind adventures from the very beginning: Twoflower, Cohen The Barbarian and The Luggage, and when these meet in the distant empire, where things are going sideways, the trouble makers better invest in a good pair of running shoes...
But it's not all fun. It's a parody of serious political events that repeat over and over again in the history, so if you're a fan of hidden references you will enjoy this book further more.

Nigel Planer's narration is perfect. Yes, it is a vintage recording, but if you don't mind that, you will discover one of the best narrators out there. I'm a big fan of his narrations, which bring "Discworld" to life.