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Publisher's Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.  

The audiobook of Interesting Times is read by Colin Morgan (Merlin; Testament of Youth; Belfast). BAFTA and Golden Globe award-winning actor Bill Nighy (Love Actually; Pirates of the Caribbean; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) reads the footnotes, and Peter Serafinowicz (Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace; Shaun of the Dead) stars as the voice of Death. Featuring a new theme tune composed by James Hannigan.

'There is a curse. They say: may you live in interesting times....'

This is the worst thing you can wish on a citizen of Discworld. Especially for the magically challenged Rincewind, who has already had far too much excitement in his life.

Unfortunately, the unlucky wizard always seems to end up in the middle of, well, absolutely everything. So when a request for a 'Great Wizzard' arrives from the faraway Counterweight Continent, it's obviously Rincewind who's sent. For one thing, he's the only one who spells wizard that way. 

Once again Rincewind is thrown headfirst into a dangerous adventure. For the oldest empire on the Disc is in turmoil and Chaos is building. And, for some reason, someone believes Rincewind will have a vital role in the coming war.... 

Interesting Times is the fifth book in the Wizards series, but you can listen to the Discworld novels in any order. The first book in the Discworld series—The Colour of Magic—was published in 1983. Some elements of the Discworld universe may reflect this.  

©1994 Dunmanifestin Ltd (P)2022 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Pratchett is a comic genius." (Daily Express)

"Funny, delightfully inventive, and refuses to lie down in its genre." (Observer)

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New narrators ruined it

Terry Pratchett doesn't deserve this treatment. These narrators made this so awful, I quit listening to it.

You know in the first three books how Nigel Planer does the asides and death's voice with the dorky echo? They eventually stopped that nonsense with Mort.

Here, the asides are noted by a musical tone and a sleepy voice delivering the punchline, then more transition music. It's terribly distracting and kills the timing.

Why do all the Silver Hoarde sound like high pitched mumpets? And the narrator that keeps pronouncing "shouted" (and there is a lot of shouting) as "sharted". Ugh.

Why is Ridcully's university entourage given these overtly bafoonish voices? Pratchett's fantastic writing and characterizations give the all the bafoonery you need.

There are several other Discworld books that use this editorial format. The asides are still awful but the actors are great.

Here, it's just horrible.

Where is the original version, please?

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There are some very shrill vocal choices involved

Long time Pratchett fan, so this is my... fourth copy of this story, basically? (Two paperbacks, one loved to death, and the old talking book)

The vocal direction is, to put it kindly, a choice. That choice being painfully shrill, to the point where I have no intention of buying any more of the books in the Rincewind subseries. Kind of a shame, I'm very fond of Colin Morgan as an actor.

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Great great narration!!

What a pleasant listening experience! The amazingly wonderful narrator Colin Morgan leading us into a magnificent world with great wit and fun, making a longest wonderland travel so incredibly real, exciting, fascinating, full of humour, tension and charm, all along effortlessly, smoothly, lyrically and creatively, epic!

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Morgan is great with character voices, except...

Colin Morgan has blown me away with his character voices. They all are truly well done, except for one. The voice for Mustrum Ridcully was so wrong. It was the most jarringly wrong voice I have listened to so far in all of these new audiobooks. It's not particularly bad, but anyone who knows and loves Ridcully will be disappointed. Come on Colin! Stephen Briggs did it right.
I am also starting to love Peter's voice for death.

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Want Nigel Planer version

Whoever arranged this version never listened to the original recordings. It is annoying that Rincewind sounds like Twoflower did in the first two book recordings. It is disrespectful to those of us who have followed Terry Pratchett since he authorized the original audiobooks.

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I wish I had bought the original when I could.

first off Pratchett's stories are always great, and modern production makes the listening easier. However I don't like how the new versions interpret the characters.

there is a defining moment for me near the end where a character says "ain't gunna run" the narrator makes the character sound feeble, where the old version he states it in a quiet certainty. also Rincewind is around 40 in this book (granted he's lived a hard life) narators please stop trying to make him sound so elderly.

the narrator does a decent job on some of the other characters (not great, but decent)

if I had the option I'd return this copy and get the original (low production value and all). I wish I had bought them when I had the chance.

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Brilliant

This was a joy to listen to. Funny, witty, imaginative and beautifully written. The narrator / performer brings the whole thing to life and is particularly good at bringing out the nuances in humour. In difficult times it really lifts the spirits. Thank you.

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  • 07-17-22

Annoying ‘bings’ before and after footnotes, WHY.

Pretty much all in the title, why have you kept these bings from the old version, worst thing about them and totally unnecessary- the change of voice is sufficient to indicate the footnote. There is nothing wrong with the performances from the actors, but this little jingle completely ruins it. I was really looking forward to these releases and I’m now, frankly, a bit gutted.

Update: this particular book doesn’t have too many footnotes so it’s been bearable! Side note - Love the Voice of Death in this version.

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  • Danny
  • 09-18-22

Takes some getting used to.

If you were a fan of Planer Or Briggs then the voices might seem a bit off, some of the voices were downright irritating. The footnotes were also done, in my opinion, in the worst possible way, with an irritating twinkle sound that pulls you right ofut of the story. Get the vintage copies while you can

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  • Rita Lazzerini
  • 08-14-22

Interesting story!

I was just thinking over and over on what Colin Morgan said at the presentation of The wizard series: he said that he records even up to 10 hours being in the same place and chancing his voice according to the characters. Only a very talented and organized narrator can make it! And the results are these fantastic audiobooks of Discworld!
And before recording a lot of work it is required to prepare adequately!
I’m so enthusiastic about this series!

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  • 09-19-22

poor performance

the voices are that annoying I struggled to get through the whole book, really regret paying for this.

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  • C. Ashcroft
  • 07-28-22

An audiobook lives and dies by its narrator. This needs to be buried.

This is annoying to listen to if you are remotely familiar with the discworld. The narrator has made some bizarre choices in the portrayal of the senior wizards and Vetinari, making Ridcully a nasally Leonard Rossiter figure which is simply awful.

I shan’t be buying any more of these, and harbour a due sense of dread for the City watch books.

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  • Winter
  • 07-22-22

Excellent Story Brilliant Narration

Loved the book...what can i say it's a Pratchett novel!

Peter Serafinowicz is sublime as Death.
Colin Morgan is a fantastic narrator, even though I still love Nigel Planer and Stephen Briggs very very much, it was certainly interesting hearing his interpretation of some of the characters like Rincewind, Cohen the Barbarian and Lord Hong however my delight was complete when I heard the accents for Fourex....it was fantastic, one of the best I've heard haha 😄