Pratchett is my favorite author, bar none. His turns of phrase and deep characterization give you a real sense of being there in all his Discworld novels.
Nigel Planer brings his acting talent full on in all his readings, and gives each character the life that Pratchett intended when he wrote about them.
Any Discworld book is worth listening to. I have them all, and have listened to many more than once. Best purchases I ever made.
Definitely one of Pratchett's best. The audio was not great. From Chapter to Chapter would vary wildly. But the story never suffered for it. There is another version that I would have gotten if I'd known this audio was this bad. Grab the other recording and enjoy!
The beauty of the Discworld books on audio is Nigel Planer's reading of them. He is a genius at bringing Pratchett's wacky style to life. The lovely pseudo-English world of Pratchett's prose is perfectly rendered by Planer's dry English delivery and his amazing range of voice characterizations. You don't even have to like Pratchett's story line (although I do), to just lose yourself in the sound.
On top of that, this is a fun story. Not so much apocalyptic saving-the-world-at-the-last-moment stuff and more exploring how society works, a military organization (well, police, but so little difference) struggling with affirmative action in the time of political correctness, the role of Machiavellian governance (The Patrician is, of course, The Prince), all with Pratchett's clever humor, unexpected word plays, and so forth. I really enjoyed this one a lot (I'm doing them in order), more than the "Egypt" one or the Holywood one.
Yes, Guards, Guards came first. But, this is where the cast of characters really comes together to form The Watch.
Please Audible, Remaster this recording! But keep the Narrator!
Awesome, captivating, hilarious story undermined by old recording that goes in and out and sound like your underwater from time to time..
This appears to be an old recording made up of small sections. Overall, the voice performance is good, but the sound quality varies.