This was fun;Pratchett takes on the post office. The protagonist (Moist) is a professional con man who is hanged for his crimes - or the crimes of his alias - but the Patrician arranges for him to not die (a talented hangman). As his punishment, he is on parole as the new Post Master General, charged with reviving the Post Office of Ank Morpork. Mix in a few golems, pin collectors, the idea of stamps as money and an evil business consortium who are running the Clacks (long-distance semiphore signalling) and you have another good yarn from Pratchett.
This is a great book, but you really have to be familiar with the Discworld series to appreciate it. I don't know why the most recent books are not identified as part of the Discworld series, since picking one up randomly and trying to read it would be a maddening experience.
"Karin", who gave this book one star, most likely did not read the previous 28 books before trying this one, thus the very negative review. It's a real shame, since this is a great story, once you know what to expect from it.
This DiscWorld book does not belong to any particular story line, and can be enjoyed as a standalone novel even by people new to the DiscWorld. For series fans, the book is a treat, and the reading is very well-done (he gets just the right spin on Vetinari). This is Terry Pratchett and his satirical wit at his best!
The narrator is the best. I was laughing from the begining of the story. The way it was read was straight away the best ever. He is a talanted narrator. Keeping track of so many differrent character voices. Love the humor in this book. Great listen.
I found this book very hard to read/listen to. I can't even imagine reading the other 28 books in this series in order to get to this one. To me it was like Monte Python on steroids, but not as funny. It just isn't my kind of humor. Sorry. I am sure many people think it is hysterical and have read the whole series, but I'm not just one of them. I did finish it, continuing to hope there would be some redeeming value, but none ever showed up.
With that said, I thought Stephen Briggs was an above average narrator. I wish he would do something other than this series. I would love to hear him read something else.
Very good listening and very amusing. Listeners will immediately recognize the postal system we all know and love--and have such fun poking fun at.
If it weren't for Audible I'd never get any reading done.
This is a fun read. The British narrator does a number of funny voices to help the story along, but he leans a little too much on a Scottish accent--about 6 key characters have such an accent.