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Reaper Man (Discworld Novels) [Abridged, Audiobook, Unabridged] [Audio Cassette]

Sir Terry Pratchett
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1 Nov 1996 Discworld Novels (Book 11)

‘Death has to happen. Tha’ts what bein’ alive is all about. You’re alive, and then you’re dead. It can’t just stop happening.’

But it can. And it has. So what happens after death is now less of a philosophical question than a question of actual reality. On the disc, as here, they need Death. If Death doesn’t come for you, then what are you supposed to do in the meantime? You can’t have the undead wandering about like lost souls. There’s no telling what might happen, particularly when they discover that life really is only for the living…


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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Corgi Audio; Unabridged edition (1 Nov 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552140090
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552140096
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 10.8 x 14.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,541,658 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terry Pratchett is the acclaimed creator of the global bestselling Discworld series, the first of which, The Colour of Magic, was published in 1983. In all, he is the author of fifty bestselling books. His novels have been widely adapted for stage and screen, and he is the winner of multiple prizes, including the Carnegie Medal, as well as being awarded a knighthood for services to literature. Worldwide sales of his books now stand at 70 million, and they have been translated into thirty-seven languages.

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"'One taste, and you'll scour bookstores for more'" (Daily Mail)

"'If you're an established fan, you'll enjoy this as much as the others; if you're new to Pratchett, what the hell took you so long?'" (Time Out)

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'Pratchett's humour takes logic past the point of absurdity and round again, but it is his unexpected insights into the human morality that make the Discworld series stand out'

" (The Times Literary Supplement) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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The eleventh Discworld novel.

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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not in the John Deere catalog . . . 4 Sep 2005
By Stephen A. Haines HALL OF FAME
Format:Paperback
Shortsighted management has forced another "downsizing". This time the victim of layoff is Death himself, "retired" by the Auditors. He does his job efficiently and he doesn't sass the boss. He's just become "too involved" with those due to receive attention from his infinitely sharp scythe. The Auditors want a firmer hand on the reaping blade. On the street with time on his hands, Death decides he's going to spend it. Wandering the Discworld, he "gets his feet under the table" as hired man at Miss Flitworth's farm. Although a bit confused about eating and sleeping, he's able to respond with resolute affirmation when she asks, "Can you use a scythe?" He demonstrates a harvesting technique only Pratchett could devise.
With Death no longer performing his role, strange events result. Unconfined, the life force manifests itself in bizarre ways. Death, visible to wizards, fails to arrive at an appointment. In consequence, Windle Poons is subjected to various indignities. His colleagues have a prejudice about zombies. Not having actually died, Windle decides to "get a life". Over a century of breathing doesn't necessarily mean you've been living, and Windle, like Death, decides to see something of the [Disc]world. His colleagues, uncertain as to why Windle's still upright and subjected to some mild indignities of their own, seek the cause of unusual manifestations.
If you're new to the Discworld, all this must sound pretty grotesque. Death "fired" only to become a reaper on a spinster's farm? Wizards who can see him and know precisely when he's due? Take heart, this isn't a bleak version of the Merlin legend, nor a Stephen King horror story. It's Terry Pratchett, a writer with an unmatched talent for looking at the world we live in. He peers deeply at how life works.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Au Lait ? 31 Aug 2006
By Craobh Rua VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
"Reaper Man" is the tenth book in Terry Pratchett's hugely popular Discworld series. He has gone on to win the Carnegie Medal for "The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents" and was awarded the OBE in 1998.

Death - tall guy, somewhat underfed, big grin, wears a black robe - appears in more Discworld books than any other character. However, "Reaper Man" is only the second - after "Mort" - where his appearance in anything other than a very brief cameo. Unfortunately, if the Auditors have anything to do with it, it'll also be his last appearance, Since his personality has led to certain 'irregularities', they've decided he should be retired. Unfortunately, one of the side-effects of his retirement will lead to Death's <ahem> death. However, in the time that he has left, Death packs his belongings and decides to live : he begins by taking a job as a farmhand at harvest-time. Luckily, he has some experience with a scythe....

Death never actually did the killing himself - he left that to assassins and soldiers, for example - he just took over when people died. His retirement has now caused certain complications : since no suitable replacement has yet been brought into existance, the dead aren't quite...staying deceased. Up until this point, one of the perks of being a wizard was that Death himself - and not one of his minor demons - turned up to usher you into the next life. Unfortunately, when Death fails to arrive for Windle Poons, the Unseen University's oldest wizard has nowhere else to go but back to his old body. Windle isn't impressed : he'd planned for reincarnation, not an afterlife as a zombie. With the help of the Fresh Start Club (for the recently undead), he intends to find out what's happening...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's life without Death? 16 May 2003
By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
You wouldn’t think about job security becoming a problem for Death, the Defeater of Empires, the Swallower of Oceans, etc., but of course the Discworld is itself a contradiction in terms. When your world is a flat plane of existence transported through space atop the four elephants astride the Great Turtle A’tuin’s back, the impossible is surprisingly commonplace. In this bastion of animism and anthropomorphism, not only Death but the mysterious Auditors of Reality have been brought into existence via the mere consciousness running amuck throughout the world. These murkily-defined Auditors, who hate nothing so much as individualism, feel compelled to force Death into retirement for the simple reason that he had taken on something of a personality. If he actually has to die, Death is determined to at least live, and we soon find him working on Renata Flitworth’s farm in the plains below the Ramtops under the assumed name of Bill Door. Whereas Death has been known to indulge his curiosity of living men and women from time to time, in this significant Discworld chronicle he slips into the ways of man without conscious effort, and to some extent Bill Door actually does live for a time on the Discworld.
Naturally, you don’t just replace Death over night; it takes a while for the collective unconscious of all living things to formulate a New Death, and this period of temporary instability proves quite burdensome. One individual particularly unhappy about the current state of affairs is Windle Poons, the oldest of all the wizards in Unseen University. When Death doesn’t show up to meet him at the appointed hour, Poons eventually has little choice but to go and reinhabit his old body once again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars death
A rather disquieting book. Too much about death as the title suggests.

Not a lot of laughs. ha ha ha.
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Already loved it before and love it more now I have it for my very own. One of my favourites with Death and that's considering that the ones with Death are my favourites anyway.
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This is one of my favourite Terry Pratchett books and I bought this edition because I absolutely loved the cover on it. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars One way to go.
You cannot go wrong with Terry Pratchett but some characters are just totally inspired. I love his totally different way of looking at things and his humour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reaper Man
Death is dead, well retired and looking forward to death. Sort off. As usual, from Terry Pratchett, a very enjoyable book where he takes (to us) every day events and items and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. W. Wells
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book
Beautiful new covers. Even more impressed by them in person. Recommend Terry Pratchett books to everyone. Will be buying more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pratchett rules
Well done to Amazon. I decided to purchase all the discworld books in hardback because its a series that deserves it, and I was able to source most of them through Amazon at very... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gid
5.0 out of 5 stars Second time around
This is my second copy of Reaper Man. I love it as much as ever. Death and the absence of death are an intriguing concept for me. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Elizabth Cleary
5.0 out of 5 stars Death Trilogy
This is an excellent Terry Pratchett Discworld novel. It is witty, lively, funny but also very deep, clever and thought provoking. This is definitely a good read. Read more
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