wife,mother, hard worker... and lover of romance and wit
I love anything Terry Pratchett that includes Sam Vimes.
Sam Vimes, Mr Vimes, Commander Vimes, the Duke of Ank, and Blackboard Monitor Vimes = the best copper in any time (past or present)
not to spoil any thing but this book falls in between the life of the old Sam ( the drunk washed up old copper) and the new sam (husband and father, lord, and commander of the city watch)
while chasing a really nasty bad guy, Sam falls through a magical field and into his own troubled past.
with the help of the time monks Sam must teach himself (past sam) what it means to be a copper, catch the bad guy, straighten out history, and get home to his wife and soon to be born child... no problem, all he has to do is be himself... if only he could get a hard boiled egg too
great book...good narration.... fun series
The recording quality of this book was so poor I returned it. I love Terry Pratchett and Stephen Briggs narration is good, as always. Unfortunately, I think this particular recording needs to be redone or somehow a better master needs to be found. It is not up to Audible's normal quality. Very disappointing.
I really wanted to listen to this on an international flight but the sound was so horrible that I could not even listen to it. It sounds like someone recorded a 78 RPM record with a 1980s tape recorder. I tried for 20 minutes and had to give up.
I love this book. I first read it and now listened to it. No doubt I will listen to it again. I think it is the great characters and wit I love so much.
The star of this book is of course Sam Vines.
As always Briggs brings a joy and depth that is uncommon.
I listened to it on a road trip by myself it was perfect.
The recording was not good. That is a first for me.
Down the rabbit hole into a ring a fire- the magic of words lifts me higher and higher.
Discworld History Ha-HA-ha
All of the Sam Vimes stories are about hope.
You hope that the men in charge will be good men, be mindful of the welfare of others, do the right thing when there are options, have a conscious, know his Beast and keep it chained until he has to call on it.
You hope that other good men will be drawn to him and by shear force of logic, reasonable speech and consistent actions they will make the same good choices as their chosen leader.
You hope that there will be somebody there to take care of the nasty bits.
And you hope that if you could do it all over again, knowing what you know now, you would do it better.
And I learned a new song...All the little angels rise up, rise up. All the little angels rise up high.
The character parts were brilliant. Snouty, Nobby, Dickens, Reg, the various soldiers, Madam, the Aunts, the list goes on. I estimate near 30 voices and each one was an individual.
There are several brilliant ones in the story, although you would have to be familiar with the series to understand some of them (start reading!):
All the Little Angels Rise Up
Doing the Job in Front of Them
The Glorious 25th of May - Remember?
Doing the Job they Didn't' Have to Do
Protecting The People's Republic of Treacle Mine Road since the Year of the Dancing Dog in the Century of the Fruit Bat
Truth! Justice! Freedom! Reasonably Priced Love! and a Hard Boiled Egg!
There and Back Again: A Coppers Tale
This story is a metaphor for the isolation and disenfranchisement of the soldier in foreign land. What does he have to do to remember who he is at home-that he has a home- and hang on to the threads that take him back; whether it be a picture or cigar case or lock of hair in his pocket. He has to focus on the job in front of him- at this place in this time. There is no good guy or bad guy, just us and them, and sometimes he wonders where the line really is and if he will ever get home.
As expected, brilliant satire and story line, keeps you laughing and the deeper message comes through.
I love It
The writer understands cops inside and out
I loved commander sam vines
When commander sam vines showed off his rank to the other sergeants was the best oh dear momemnt in the book
It's Pratchett at his best, with all the quirky characters and deft wordplay, plus the superb Stephen Briggs reading it. Listen again? I've listened too many times to count!
He does them all so well ... he IS Sam Vimes, but he brings all of them to life so well. I really think he was born to read these books.
The humor, of course.
Vimes steals the show.
This is one of those books I wanted to listen to again as soon as I was done.