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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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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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  • brad hartshorn
  • 09-08-22

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.