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.
...this book remains incredibly important.
Especially the subtle reasonings about privilege, and how to use it. And how, even when you use it for others, it's still privilege, and should be acknowledged as such. It's just that you've chosen to be a better person than you have to be, because you had a choice in the first place.
Terry has never failed to engage me with his Disc World Books. De Worde is a worthy new character
Steven Briggs does a great job with accents and rolls the story along. My only caveat is that he rushes as do so many readers. Slow down and also thank you for people ing the book so well
Indeed I would. Fanstastic narrator who takes an absolutely wonderful and humourous story and brings it to life in front of your eyes
Lord Vetinari as always ! The cool, collected tyrant (sorry ! ruler) of Ankh-Morpork. A close second is Samuel Vimes who is too awesome to fit into one comment
His impressive ability to impersonate so many different voices ! A tonal range that goes from the high pitched sequak of an imp to the baritone of DEATH and his brilliant rendering of so many different accents that make English seem normal to an non English speaker like me.
The Truth shall make you fret !
This is a wonderful story about the nature of truth and the nature of the people who tell it. As always Terry Pratchett has made a hilarious story about how noble humans can triumph over adversity and root vegetables.