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Thief of Time [Audiobook] [Audio Cassette]

Terry Pratchett , Stephen Briggs
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Feb. 1 2002 Isis
The phenomenal 20 million copy bestselling author and king of satirical fiction delivers another ingenious novel. In this Terry Pratchett worldwide bestselling series "Discworld" is a topsy-turvy, magical place, carried serenely through the Universe on the back of the Great Turtle. In the comic tradition of Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide...
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If you were helpless with laughter over Shanghai Noon, enjoy satirical British humor and terrible puns, or just need your Pratchett fix, grab this book. Unfamiliar with Terry Pratchett and his Discworld series? It's time to discover one of the funniest, most literate, and most thought-provoking authors writing today.

The Monks of History live in a Tibetan sort of area known as "enlightenment country." Their job: "to see that tomorrow happens at all." A mysterious Lady wants time-obsessed Jeremy Clockson to build a totally accurate glass clock. It will trap time and stop it, eliminating humanity's irritating unpredictability. This would make the Auditors, who observe the universe and enforce the rules governing it, very happy. It would also put Death out of a job, which the Grim Reaper isn't happy about. Fortunately, the History Monks have encountered this situation before; in fact, Lu Tze, the Sweeper, has personally dealt with it before. Even better, he has a new, gifted apprentice, Lobsang Ludd, the "thief of time." This time, they'll stop trouble before it can start! To add chaos to the mix, there's the Fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse--the one who quit before they became famous.

Although there are 25 other Discworld novels and many of the characters appeared first in previous books, you don't need to have read even one to enjoy The Thief of Time. (If you're the sort of reader who hates to miss any references, you might want to track down a copy of The Discworld Companion.) As a bonus, this book is a painless introduction to what quantum physics says about the nature of time. --Nona Vero --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly

Here we go again! In the newest appealing installment of the Discworld series, Pratchett (The Truth) takes on religion, time and... kung-fu movies? The cast includes Death; Miss Susan, Death's granddaughter; Jeremy Clockson, a clockmaker; Lobsang, a novice monk; and Lu-Tze, a sweeper at the temple of the History Monks. When a mysterious lady asks Jeremy to make a clock that is perfectly timed (even to the last tick), trouble begins it seems that such a clock would have the power to stop time completely. There would be no yesterday, no tomorrow, no next minute; in fact, everything and everyone would stop in its tracks. It's up to Miss Susan, Lobsang and Lu-Tze to figure out who in the end has decided to build the dangerous clock and how to stop him before the world crashes to a halt. Along the way we learn Rule One: "Do not act incautiously when confronting a little bald wrinkly smiling man," which is a very good lesson to learn. We also find out that Lobsang has more in store for his future than to be an apprentice monk. The story includes a quick nod to James Bond flicks with Qu, the monk who supplies gadgets to Lu-Tze and Lobsang, and at the end of Time the four (no, make that five) horsemen of the Apocalypse get to ride out for a jaunt. You don't need to catch all the in-jokes to enjoy the fun. Agent, Ralph Vincinanza. 6-city author tour.

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--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Tony Robinson is a master of voices May 31 2014
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Tony Robinson is the only reader for me for Terry Pratchetts inspired lunacy. I know they are abridged which is usually a "non starter" for me but I remembered Tony from "Blackadder" so bought my first one a couple of years ago. I've read almost all the Discworld books now (Going Postal is my favorite) but if you want the voices give Tony a whirl.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, philosophy from a satirist! May 8 2010
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Terry Pratchett has an oddball sense of humour. We know this. But the depth of philosophy in this volume is much more than his usual. Don't get me wrong: I enjoy the light-hearted highjinks of the early Pratchett novels. I really get the mythological origins of Discworld. But the manipulation of reality and the sense of time in this book are extraordinary. The characters are the usual for Pratchett: flaky, caricatures, with quirks that make them more human than you'd expect. The plot includes, as usual, the saving of the (Disc)world, but the mind stretch is much more than usual. Excellent work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Behold, the Fifth Surprise ! Jan. 23 2007
"Thief of Time" is the twenty-sixth book in Terry Pratchett's hugely popular Discworld series and was first published in 2001. He has gone on to win the Carnegie Medal for "The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents" and was awarded the OBE in 1998.

Officially, The Auditors are in charge of the universe : they see that atoms spin, that gravity works and that things move in curves. However, they hate life - too many irregularities - and have tried several times to deal with those pesky humans. In "Thief of Time", they're at it again - only, this time, they're being a little more devious about it. Normally Death - wears black, bony knees, big grin, carries a scythe - would do what he could to thwart them. However, due to an impending Apocalypse, he has to gather his fellow Horsemen - Famine, War and Pestilence - for the traditional ride. (There's also the matter of the mysterious fifth Horseman of the Apocalypse, who left before they became famous). As a result, Death persuades his grand-daughter Susan into helping out with the fight against the Auditors. Susan is now a teacher in Ankh-Morpork, so she's used to fighting for her life on a daily basis. Thankfully, for this battle she has Death of Rats and Quoth the Raven to help her out.

The Order of Wen and is based at the Monastery of Oi Dong in the High Ramtops. It is known by several aliases - including the History Monks. It's up to them to see that history follows the right track (it doesn't just happen, after all), and when history breaks it's the Order's job to fix it. Their job is made easier by their ability to move and store time, largely thanks to their "procrastinators". Lu-Tze is one of the Order's most notable members.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Dec 27 2006
Format:Audio CD
I think this is a fascinating CD, ingenious plot, elegantly told where all the loose ends tie up gracefully in the end. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smashing Dec 14 2003
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Terry Pratchett delivers again! Another saterical tale that will leave you both laughing your ass off, and pondering the mysteries of time. An excellent read. However, I highly suggest reading some of his earlier works to gain a better understanding of the world and his charecters. God Bless!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Audio recording captures the spirit of Discworld Oct. 22 2003
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I needed something to waste time on during a 12-hour drive, so I picked this audio-recording up at the library. I had read several Discworld novels (read: as many as I could get my hands on), so I was ecstatic to find this in the public library! As audio-recordings go, it is unparallelled -- the voice acting is professional, natural, and well suited to each character. The voice of Death does indeed sound "in tones of funeral bells", but without an obvious exaggeration that would detract from the listening experience. Cameos by Harlan Ellison (someone has to read the footnotes!) add charm to an already exceptional performance. I would recommend it to anyone with at least a passing like for Pratchett, and ears to hear.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thief of Time UNABRIDGED Audio Book Jan. 12 2003
Format:Audio Cassette
I have read every Terry Pratchett Discworld book there is to date.
Thief of Time as a book is great but Thief of Time as a audio book is fantastic. Christopher Cazenove, Gabrielle De Cuir, Karesa McElheny, John Rubinstein, Stefan Rudnicki, and Harlan Ellison are the narrators but what they should be called are the actors. They capture the character's personalities and voices so well they seem real. There is some atmospheric music in the background at key times that is a nice touch. This audio book is definitely worth your money. It takes Terry Pratchett's Discworld books to a whole new level.
Fantastic Audio has a new Terry Pratchett audio book coming out called Night Watch. If Thief of Time is any judge of the quality of their audio books, Night Watch will be well worth your money too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant June 7 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am an absolute Pratchett fan, I thought this book was as good as any other he has written, witty and gripping, it's another of those books that you just can't put down
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