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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (16,264 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Terry Pratchett Narrator: Nigel Planer Publisher: ISIS Audio Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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Interesting Times, the seventeenth novel in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, finds the planet's oldest empire in the midst of bitter turmoil after the publication of the revolutionary treatise What I Did on My Holidays. Workers, with nothing to lose but their water buffaloes, are joining forces against old warlords, spreading violence throughout Discworld's ancient cities. All that stands in the way of total destruction are 3 decidedly non-heroic creatures: Rincewind, the world's dumbest wizard; Cohen the Barbarian, who stands 5 feet tall in his surgical sandals; and a very special butterfly.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Edward Johnson | 2/17/2014

    " INTERESTING TIMES by Terry Pratchett has got to be one of the most fun I've had reading since someon gave me the first two books of THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TRILOGY in 1980. It is such a welcome wild ride into intelligently written insanity that it was difficult to put it down. This is the first Discworld novel I have actually read, and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to sit down with a good book and enjoy the fun. INTERESTING TIMES is not my introduction to Discworld. I found the COLOR OF MAGIC two-part miniseries on Netflix a couple of weeks ago (I have since learned that it condenses the first two Discworld novels into a very entertaining and impressive movie). Before that, I avoided the books because of a bad recommendation from a friend way back when. Truthfully, it was abad recommendation and a fed-upness with the fantasy genre in general. All I can say after reading INTERESTING TIMES is that it certainly delivers on its promise and has made me want to read all the other Discworld novels in a way those truly magical authors are wont to do to unsuspecting readers. I'm not going to go into the plot since the absurd complexity of it is better experienced while reading. I will say that it successfully turns the whole fantasy cliche of an ancient prophecy and of a hero foretold on its ear. I would think that most people fed up with fantasy in general like me will appreciate what Terry Pratchett does in his chapterless tale and want to experience more of such innovation in a field that is fairly entrenched in standard and predictable fair in its stories. Pratchett has a way of skewering nearly everything with a deftness I have not experienced as a reader since first being introduced to Douglas Adams. It is intelligent parody, something I don't feel exists often enough in fantasy (I think it takes itself far too seriously to be taken seriously). INTERESTING TIMES takes the reader from a tropical island to the middle of fate, chance, opportunity and bewilderment on behalf of its main character, Rincewind (a fairly useless wizard who is more than a little bit cowardly). Believe me, that's a summation anyone can live with that doesn't ruin the story for anyone wanting to give it a chance. Like most well-written literature, the summation hardly scratches the surface of what it truly can offer the reader...and I will leave the discovery of those treasures to those wanting to read it. I rate this novel very highly on my recommendation scale. From 1 - 10, INTERESTING TIMES gets a 12 from me. Very satisfying and very, very fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dyoll | 2/3/2014

    " Not his best but still good micky take of the civil service. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nathan | 2/1/2014

    " This book had some fantastically hilarious moments that should definitely not be missed. Absolutely loved every bit with Cohen and his band of barbarian 'heroes'! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicky Massingham | 12/15/2013

    " A great book by a fab author! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 12/13/2013

    " Yet another Rincewind book. I can't honestly say I'm a massive fan of this character and this part of the book series, however I do heartily love Cohen the Barbarian and it was fantastic to read more regarding him. This book incredibly clever, and has some fantastic quotable moments. This book honestly surprised me, I thought this would be one that I forced myself through, however it was a page turner, but really got going in the last 1/4 of the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Fiona Robson | 12/8/2013

    " I'm a big fan of Pratchett, but this is probably the book I enjoyed the least ... although I liked the idea of the Geography teacher, and a few teacherly "in jokes". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Uriah | 12/6/2013

    " Fun foray onto the disc world. This story holds true to Pratchet's writing, unexpected twists and turns with parodies left and right. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kevin Baldizon | 11/29/2013

    " Can't go wrong with Pratchett. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kyrie | 11/7/2013

    " Rincewind, Cohen the Barbarian and the Silver Horde, and The Luggage are helping rebels overthrow a government. Given Rincewind, it's incredibly inept. Given Cohen, it's incredibly epic. Snort. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 10/31/2013

    " I do so love Rincewind. What a treat to watch him squirm. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristy G. Stewart | 10/31/2013

    " (Rincewind.) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pushpa | 10/16/2013

    " It certainly was an interesting read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 12/24/2012

    " I'd pretty well forgotten Rincewind after all this time spent with the witches, Death and his family. He's an interesting character, and I enjoyed him a lot in this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kitty | 12/23/2009

    " Cohen with teeth. Hex ..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline | 11/20/2008

    " One of the best Terry Pratchetts so far. Hilarious "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sebastian | 1/29/2008

    " Cohen is one of the best and most characterful and hilarious geriatrics ever written. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan Martinsen | 3/28/2007

    " Hilarious, as usual. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharon Wilborn | 4/16/2006

    " I loved this book...."They have a curse. They say, 'May you live in interesting times.'" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 2/15/2005

    " May you live in interesting times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hokuto | 9/22/2003

    " I laughed out loud. HARD. Still one of my favorites, though it's been a while since I read it. <3 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 2/22/2002

    " I love following Rincewind, but for the first time he seemed more of a sniviling coward rather than your run of the mill coward who happens to think of himself as a wizard. He's still lucky, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 11/11/2001

    " As with other Rincewind stories, this book is not as good as other Discworld books. Better than some though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louise | 9/12/2001

    " A parody of China's traditional (and communist) culture. This is brilliant! I've enjoyed this one the most of the ones i've recently read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Priscilla | 10/31/2000

    " Terry takes on China. Wow. Finished it as Obama was heading that way. Obama and Rincewind on similar missions. Scary thought. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob C. | 6/6/2000

    " Ahhh the forbidden empire....well Rincewind takes care of that "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 TheIron Paw | 4/18/2000

    " As usual Terry Pratchett provides a hilarious reflection of our world in his discworld. This is one of the Rincewind series set in discworld's orient, about to be overrun by Jenghis Cohen the octegenarian barbarian and his silver horde of 7. Great read. "

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Author Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett (1948–2015) was an English novelist known for his frequently comical work in the fantasy genre. He is best known for his popular and long-running Discworld series. His first novel, The Carpet People, was published in 1971, and after publishing his first Discworld novel, The Color of Magic, in 1983, he wrote two books a year on average. He was the United Kingdom’s bestselling author of the 1990s and has sold more than 55 million books worldwide. In 2001 he won the Carnegie Medal for his children’s novel The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents. Pratchett was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to literature in 1998 and was knighted in 2009.