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🎧 Hogfather (Discworld #20, Death #4) by Terry Pratchett Read by Tony Robinson

Hello, fellow audiobook fanatics. Today, I’d like to share my thoughts about the audiobook Hogfather written by Terry Pratchett and read by Tony Robinson. The 20th story in the fantasy series, Discworld, and the 4th to feature my favourite character, Death.


What’s Hogfather about?

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🎧 Hogfather (Discworld #20, Death #4) by Terry Pratchett Read by Tony RobinsonMy Rating:
Title: Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
Series: Discworld #20, Death #4
Published by Random House AudioBooks on 21 February 2007
Genres: Fantasy
Narrator: Tony Robinson
Length: 3 hours and 18 minutes

t's the night before Hogswatch. And it's too quiet. There's snow, there are robins, there are trees covered with decorations, but there's a notable lack of the big fat man who delivers the toys. He's gone.

Susan the governess has got to find him before morning; otherwise, the sun won't rise. And unfortunately, her only helpers are a raven with an eyeball fixation, the Death of Rats, and an "oh god of hangovers". Worse still, someone is coming down the chimney. This time he's carrying a sack instead of a scythe, but there's something regrettably familiar....Ho, ho, ho. It's true what they say: "You'd better watch out."

©1997 Terry and Lyn Pratchett (P)1997 Corgi Audio


Source: Bought
Review Format: Audiobook
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Audiobook Listened To: 17th – 18th December 2021


The TV adaptation of the Hogfather is one of my favourite things to watch at Christmas. But, I’ve never actually read the book. Therefore, when I saw this abridged audio version in the Audible sale, I snapped it up.


What did I think about it?

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A Really Good Abridged Version Of This Festive Tale.

I haven’t read many of the Discworld books but I’m a huge fan of the TV adaptations. Terry Pratchett’s irreverent writing style appeals to my sense of humour. He draws me into his fantasy world with strong protagonists, well-written antagonists, and a fantastic array of supporting characters (both human and non-human). I like how Terry paces his plots and how the mysteries and threats come to light and are subsequently overcome. But I especially love how Terry infuses his stories with satire and balances tension with humour. The banter and observations in this tale are still just as fantastic.

Tony Robinson’s performance was truely entertaining.

Tony Robinson performance seems to embody each of the characters in this tale. He’s very good at creating voices for each one – Mr Teatime was especially chilling. His reading of the narrative was just as engaging as the dialogue. Tony conveyed the relevant emotions through his performance, altering his pace and cadence accordingly.

This abridged version of the Hogfather entertained and engaged me.

Although I knew the storyline, I found myself listening to the whole audiobook in one sitting! Perhaps I should look out for more Discworld audiobooks. 😘


Here is Terry’s bio and his social media links.

About Terry Pratchett

Author - Terry Pratchett

Born Terence David John Pratchett, Sir Terry Pratchett sold his first story when he was thirteen, which earned him enough money to buy a second-hand typewriter. His first novel, a humorous fantasy entitled The Carpet People, appeared in 1971 from the publisher Colin Smythe.

Terry worked for many years as a journalist and press officer, writing in his spare time and publishing a number of novels, including his first Discworld novel, The Color of Magic, in 1983. In 1987, he turned to writing full time.

There are over 40 books in the Discworld series, of which four are written for children. The first of these, The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, won the Carnegie Medal.

In Dec. of 2007, Pratchett disclosed that he had been 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.

Sir Terry Pratchett passed away on 12th March 2015.

And as this is a review for an audiobook, here’s Tony’s bio and links too.

About Tony Robinson

Narrator - Tony Robinson

Sir Tony Robinson is an English actor, comedian, amateur historian, TV presenter, author and political activist. He is known for playing "Baldrick" in the BBC television series Blackadder and for hosting Channel 4 programmes such as Time Team and The Worst Jobs in History.

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my thoughts about the audiobook for Hogfather. Have you listened to or read this story? What about any other titles by Terry Pratchett or those narrated by Tony Robinson?

Drop me a comment and we can compare notes and add to each others’ TBLT (To Be Listened To) piles!

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Flora x

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I'm in my late forties, my interests are varied but since menopause hit a few years ago, I find myself becoming a "grumpy old woman" all too frequently - where has my infinite patience gone!?! Lol!
I bought a Kindle in the summer of 2013 and haven't stopped reading since. If you want to know more about me, check out my blog - www.florasmusings.com

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