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.
Night Watch is Terry Pratchett in top form. I'd stopped reading him for a while (years, actually), but this novel has me hooked on the series again. The humor is great, his characters are great, and it's not too preachy.
Unfortunately, the narration is terrible. It sounds like it was recorded at double speed. I can keep up with it, but my wife and kids were lost pretty quickly. In addition, the volume varied pretty dramatically.
The story is good enough to make it worth listening to, but reading this one is probably the way to go.
I would listen to this story over and over again because it is just dead clever! The audio was a bit fuzzy but worth it. Stephen Briggs' characterizations were brilliant.
Sam Vimes because he in a strange way, he reminds me a little of the main character in Mort! A little confused and inept but with an inner strength and occasional cleverness.
Hard to say which scene was my favorite...probably when Vimes got his rank as Sergeant at Arms from the Captain and for $25 talked himself into a strange sort of respect from Snouty.
The entire story moved me...to laughter.
Pratchett's stories are more than humorous; they are thought-provoking in an Existentialist-time traveler sort of way. How does one individual exist in a universe of possibilities?
I always enjoy Discworld books in whatever form. Unfortunately this recording is very poor. It sounds as if it has been patched together from various quality recordings, some of which sound quite hollow and faint. It's very irritating to have it suddenly change from one version to another.