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What did you like most about The Last Continent?
Terry Pratchett is a known quantity. I'm a huge fan but must admit that his earlier works appeal to me more. As a fantasy fiction devotee I found his increasingly modern allegories and focus on social commentary dissipated the escapism somewhat. Nonetheless, 'The Last Continent' is more 'old school'. Of course, the subject matter helps a great deal. (Not) Australia is practically a fantasy kingdom as it is.
However, for me, the real treasures here are the performers on Audible. Both Stephen Briggs and Nigel Planer are supreme. I've always enjoyed Tony Robinson's readings too but once you go unabridged, you can never go back. Being a child of the 80s and an avid 'Young Ones' fan I have a special affinity for Mr. Planer.
Here, as always, his characterisations are perfect; his Australian accent is consistently accurate and Rincewind has just enough 'Neil' to bring fuzzy, warm waves of nostalgia flooding back. His pacing and timing are immaculate and his textual narration has just enough colour and modulation to keep the listener's full attention.
In short, you buy the books to read Pratchett; you buy the audiobooks to experience him.
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Two worlds of fantacy colide with elements of Australian culture and the sublime storytelling of Terry Pratchett. Rincewind the Wizard is a charcter we love. Nigel Planer makes you feel like you are in the center of an epic adventure.
One of my top 5 favourite Discworld books, strongly influenced no doubt by the hilarious narration of Nigel Planer. He captures the Exian essence brilliantly and once again is a voice I cannot disassociate from Rincewind. He IS Rincewind! Absolutely hilarious book, I listen to it often and still can't help the giggles.