Series: Discworld #16
Published by Corgi on October 1st 2005
Narrator: NIgel Planner
Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
Genres: Fantasy, Satire
'Be careful what you wish for. You never know who might be listening.'
There's no getting away from it. From whichever angle, Death is a horrible, inescapable business. But someone's got to do it. So if Death decides to take a well-earned moment to uncover the meaning of life and discover himself in the process, then there is going to be a void of specific dimensions that needs to be occupied, particularly so when there is trouble brewing in Discworld. There aren't too many who are qualified to fill Death's footsteps and it certainly doesn't help the imminent cataclysm that the one person poised between the mortal and the immortal is only sixteen years old...
What a fun one! Maybe not my favorite of the bunch but I love that we get to know more about Susan, Death’s Granddaughter. This is mostly about her as Death decides to take a break. She is in later books as well but it was nice to see where it pretty much began for her. She is logical, of course, so seeing the Death of Rats and Quoth the Raven makes her very upset, as would it anyone! And that’s where the hilarity of it all begins!
This also has quite a bit about Albert in it as well. Being Death’s assistant, Albert takes it upon himself to find Death when he goes missing. The entire plot is based around that and the fact that a boy that was supposed to die didn’t and the entire world is now in danger of being thrown off balance.
As hilarious as some of this is, especially with the Archchancellor and all the singing, it didn’t hit my funny bone as much as some of Terry Pratchett’s others have. However, that being said the plot in this is still amazing and fun to see where all the threads he’s added in are going to go!
The characters obviously are my favorite part and something I love about The Discworld Series. I just can’t get enough of them!
Regarded as one of the most significant contemporary English-language satirists, Pratchett has won numerous literary awards, was named an Officer of the British Empire “for services to literature” in 1998, and has received four honorary doctorates from the Universities of Warwick, Portsmouth, Bath, and Bristol. His acclaimed novels have sold more than 45 million copies (give or take a few) and have been translated into 33 languages.
In Dec. of 2007, Pratchett admitted to being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. On 18 Feb, 2009, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
He was awarded the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award in 2010.