My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Okay. This was fun. I love the dark, tongue-in-cheek humor throughout this book. I loved trying to find where Pratchett left off and Gaiman takes over. BUT as much as I love the British sense of humor, I found I often fell asleep while reading this book. Could be just me… or Winter doldrums taking over. But my favorite parts of the book were where the authors talked about each other and the writing of the book. I know if I had tried to read it without the Audible version going on with the reading I would have not finished reading it. Martin Jarvis (Narrator) kept the story alive for me. I loved how he could move from character to character seamlessly, and at one part I think that must have been quite the feat! When two voices inhabited one body it had to be difficult to keep the people straight. But he carried through and had me laughing out loud at times.
I have a problem. When male narrators read for the female character, it always sounds strange. It makes the female sound even funnier than I think the author might have wanted. When female narrators read for the male character, it sounds more realistic, like an adolescent boy. I don’t know what the male narrator can do to make up for that to make it work, but I thought I’d mention it to see if it bothers other listeners.
I have read tons of Terry Pratchett and love his writing and imagination. Rest in Peace sweet man. I’ve not read so much of Neil Gaiman, but each book I’ve read of his makes me want to read more. Neither author needs my approval with their huge fan base so I don’t feel bad giving this book less than 5 stars. BUT I must for the dull parts where I nearly feel asleep while reading. I just remember thinking that they needed to get on with the apocalypse already. Seems awful to wish that even for a humorous book like this.