I am a BIG Pratchett fan and I think those of us who are, will "get it" when I write we all have our favorite characters and places. Sometimes I think we have to be pulled kicking and screaming to those "other" characters and their stories. That's how I felt about this one. I LOVE all of them, but with this one, we have a new guy. He's the Editor and creator of "The Times," discworld's first "newspaper". We have lots of other quirky, wonderful characters, and a sprinkle of Vimes and Vetraneri (hope I got the name spelled right) but it's mostly about two criminals and DeWord. The two criminals were O.K characters, but you don't learn much really about them and they hit me as really nasty with no fun, weirdness to soften them. I'm used to liking even bad or social outcasts like Foul Ole Ron and others because even though they're "bad" they're also wonderfully quirky! With these two criminals, you really find yourself waiting for them to "get it," and when it does, it comes unexpectedly. I was rooting for another way! I did loving "seeing" death! He's always a bonus.
Mr. DeWord himself, I thought, was TOO big for his britches and seemed to step way too easily for me, on Vimes, the Watch and Vetraneri. I mean, we've come to expect Vimes and the Patrician to be the kind you DON'T want to meet anywhere, under any circumstances. So, I guess I am saying this is NOT a typical story and I miss the cutting remarks of Vimes and him putting others in their place.
Besides these criticisms, the story is basically good and has many laugh out loud comments. It IS worth the listen. I just went to another part "of town" that I don't mind visiting, but don't want to live there too long.
Audio quality not as good as most. Story is Terry Pratchette at his best! Narrator Stephen Briggs enacts all the characters marvelously! Stop what you're doing and listen.
Terry Pratchett at his best! This is a must-have for any Pratchett fan. Also, a stellar performance by Stephen Briggs.
a great sorry set in the disk world. too bad terry prarchett it's gone. I'll miss his stories.
Nasty villains with a diabolical plot, weird and colorful characters, an earnest hero, and a touch of possible romance make this a winner. Although The Truth is well into the saga, a first time reader or listener would find this a fine introduction to Terry Pratchett's odd flat world, and Stephen Briggs as narrator it at the top of his form.
One of my fave books of the series! I'm not sure why but while it's not Pratchett's usual style to have nefarious characters that are completely and utterly detestable and unredeemable in any way I absolutely loved the narrative imperative that they defined in this story.