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I love Terry Pratchett, I've read his wonderful stories since I was a teen. This book gives us an insight into the man behind the keyboard. Witty, fiercely intelligent, thought provoking and moving. I naive it 4 stars, rather than 5 because this book isn't for everyone, but is a real treasure for fans.
The narrator should be commended, his dry delivery completely captures the humour of Pratchett, making it work perfectly as an audio medium.
I love this book. It made me laugh and showed me a side of Sir Pratchett I didn't realise existed. The end was really hard to listen to, but it needed to be heard and I am glad I heard it. If you have enjoyed Sir Pratchett's other works, I can highly recommend this one.
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The earlier pieces are interesting and funny, as I imagined they would be. A number of the lecture transcripts/ recounts of book-signing trips and award acceptance speeches are typical of his delivery and humour; all good stuff. I found his pieces on assisted dying most touching; still funny but propelled by a fierce energy. I'd recommend this to anyone who has read and enjoyed his fiction. But it's pretty essential reading if you'd like to hear a sensible, intelligent view on how it feels to be seriously ill, and live somewhere you love but somewhere that still insists that you take every last blow that illness can throw. Thankfully, Sir Terry didn't ever need to decide whether or when, he would go abroad, to end his life whilst he was still,able to administer the 'final blow' himself. It is a sad reminder of what we've lost, but much more, it's testament to what a full, generous and creative life looks like from the inside of the modest man living it.
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Necessary heartwarming and breaking listening for any fan of Sir Terry and of life itself. I thought I had already been changed by his words, now I know it's forever and for the better.