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This was an enjoyable novel, a pleasure to listen to. As a Pratchett novel, it is very funny, with just the right amount of thoughtful and disturbing bits, as it plays with genre clich??s and expectations and wittily blurs the differences between "story" and "reality."
Maurice is an amazing cat: self-centered, cocky, scheming, sarcastic, possessed of a good conscience???and sentient. The various rats in "the Clan" are neat, too, Dangerous Beans (the physically weak seer and spiritual leader), Peaches (the irritatingly ethical conscience), Darktan (the experienced and brave trap removal squad leader), Sardines (the entertainer), and so on. The rats' coming to terms with becoming sentient is vividly, humorously, and often poignantly depicted. The animals' stupid looking boy, Keith, has some surprises inside him. The far too imaginative, budding grim fairy tale authoress the Mayor's daughter, Malicia, is an appealing character. And the "evil" villain has a convincing and sad origin. The violent, scheming, arrogant, callous, and cruel side of human nature is tellingly exposed, too. And there are countless guffaw, chuckle, or smile points sprinkled throughout the story.
And Stephen Briggs does a marvelous job reading all the voices of the various characters, giving each one its own accent or pitch or personality and injecting plenty of wit into the already witty novel.
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I haven't read this one for ages, and really enjoyed it on re-reading. Terry Pratchett understands all the nuances of character traits and uses his understanding to build a fantastic cast.
A take on the pied piper of Hamlyn very wittily done with a superb outcome.
I love the common sense Mr Pratchett always shows. My golly he will be SO sorely missed.
I think Stephen Briggs is my favourite for TP novels, though I do like Tony Robinson - who only seems to read the abridged versions.
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Having listened to Stephen Briggs narrate a lot of the newer Discworld novels I had no concerns in adding this to my collection. Alas I feel he was not on form with the character voices this time around...
Poor over the top Germanic accents for the people of Bad Blintz, the Rats appear to come from all over the UK from Wales to the west county. The Michael Caine impresstion for Darktan says it all really.
Enjoy the story, as I do with all of the Discworld novels, but the voice acting almost made me give up on this one alas. A shame that Tony Robinson only voiced the abridged edition as it sounds much superior...
"Who wrote that book you had on yesterday, where is the app to play it?"
"Don't start it again till you pick me up"
"My shoes take a long time to tie and my hair is extra messy so I need to brush it for longer, don't turn it off"
"You didn't listen to any without me did you?"
"Is there anymore?"
The above are snippets from my daughters journey into what I hope will be an ongoing fondness for Pratchett and Discworld.
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