Thief of Time : Discworld

  • by Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison
  • Series: Discworld
  • 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Time is a resource. Everyone knows it has to be managed. On Discworld that is the job of the highly capable Monks of History, who store it and pump it from the places where it's wasted (like underwater - how much time does a codfish need?) to places like cities, where there's never enough time. But the construction of the world's first truly accurate clock starts a race against, well, time, for the monk Lu Tze and his apprentice Lobsang Ludd. For if the perfect clock starts ticking, Time, as we know it, will stop. And then the trouble will really begin.Subtle, sly, thought-provoking, and hilarious, Thief of Time is Terry Pratchett at his best.This multi-voice production features Christopher Cazenove, Gabrielle de Cuir, Karesa McElheny, John Rubinstein, and Stefan Rudnicki, with a guest appearance by Harlan Ellison.Browse more novels of Discworld.

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What the Critics Say

"It's time to discover one of the funniest, most literate, and most thought-provoking authors writing today." (Amazon.com)
"This delightful production keeps the listener spellbound." (AudioFile)
"Think J.R.R. Tolkien with a sharper, more satiric edge." (Houston Chronicle)

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Good story, but multiple readers were distracting

While most of the readers did a fine job with their segments, I found the switching of voices per character distracting. [This is not a "cast recording"-style reading, with one reader per character; each reader has a section of text and reads all the voices within that segment, so sometimes Igor is voiced by a woman and sometimes by a man - and with different accents, too {wry grin}.] Having one narrator for the text and the others doing one character-voice each might have worked better, though this would obviously be harder to record. Overall I'd prefer a single narrator - and Nigel Planer has been doing a wonderful job on the other books.
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- GoryDetails

5 Stars for the story, 1 star for the reading

Out of all the Discworld books offered by this site, this is the first one to disappoint me. Having multiple people read a book is a fine idea, but why does this group have a tendency to change parts at will? You get used to hearing one voice read a character and then you get a different person reading the character with completely different style. I cannot come up with any reason why this was done except for the possibility that the person reading was the one who showed up to work that day. Several of the characters are well done by this group, which makes it even more disturbing when the voice for that character changes.

The story is another wonderful Discworld title. If you like the series, you will enjoy this one also. However, since I have learned that ISIS has produced this book with Stephen Briggs reading, I don't think I can recommend this version. I hope that Audible will acquire the ISIS version and continue to provide the ISIS versions of this series.
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- Tina Edwards

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-11-2002
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books