How can Pratchett, after 28 previous Discworld novels, craft a story so good that I sometimes find myself listening to the words, and forgetting to listen to the story? His abilities with the English language and satire are so rare as to be once-in-a-century events.
I've never encountered Terry Pratchett's work before, though folks have been raving about him for years. I found Stephen Brigg's amazing ability to capture each character's voice with precision and flair made the listening a pleasure.
I'd highly recommend both the book and this audio version.
Terry Pratchett has done it again! This is one of his very best. I would recommend this as highly as Guards! Guards! (currently unavailable on audible.com). I hope Audible and ISIS can resolve their differences soon and restore all of Terry's novels.
This is the fifth discworld book I've listened to, and, so far, this is the best. They've all been extremely clever and humorous, but Going Postal is the first that made me laugh out loud constantly.
Highly recommended for anyone familiar with discworld, but I wouldn't start my journey through Pratchett's alternative universe here. Also, Going Postal is the perfect book to come after Monstrous Regiment.
I've never been crazy about Sci-Fi or Fantasy, but this book (and series) is excellent. It reminds me a bit of a well-written TV sitcom like 'Frasier', in that it's all about the characters and the funny situations. You find yourself rooting for the main character. Pratchett writing style is best described as whimsical. The narration by Stephen Briggs is amazingly good. I can't imagine it being done any better. He has a wide range of voices, with great interpretation that adds to the experience, especially the voice of the Golem.
funny throughout. stunning visuals created, humorous scenarios abound.
started with another and got hooked. have about four now. plan on getting the full series over time.
wanted to but also want to savor
This is an amazing story from Disc World. A new and exciting character to follow. Briggs is once again gives a stellar performance!
The Golem story line was excellent, and the new villain/hero story arc was awesome.
His golem voices were astounding.
It was extremely hilarious.
Once you have finished this one, go for Making Money for the continued adventures of Moist Von Lipwig!
I had already read both of course–but it was a long time ago, 8 years maybe. This time I listened to them, and was very entertained by the accents and, as always, the wonderful story telling . Stephen Briggs, the reader, does a grand job differentiating the characters as he reads them.
The horrible villain of Going Postal, Reacher Gilt, has a sort of husky emphatic tone, which actually reminded me of the way a wealthy contractor friend of ours speaks. The whole ingenious story about the birth of stamps (culminating in the brilliant idea of flavored glues, including the CABBAGE scented glue for the Sto Plains edition, featuring, of course, a picture of their prime money earner, the cabbage) is a tour de force. Pratchett is a master when it comes to giving life to his characters, and the aged Junior Postman Tolliver Groat and his assistant Stanley Howler are brilliant examples of his art. With slightly-deranged-but-heart-of-gold Stanley, we have a splendid example of the crazy nerd, and in this case, his particular craze is PINS: we enter (somewhat gingerly, it’s pointed, ha ha) the world of the Pin Collectors, with magazines devoted to it, grungy stores selling pins in all their marvelous variety, the arcane language, and the seedy back rooms where Special Pins for the True Connoisseur are to be found. Stanley is a fanatic Pin Head–until Moist Von Lipvig creates and reveals to him the much more magical and engrossing world of Stamp Collecting. With Pictures! The story is of course silly–but irresistible, and Moist is an engaging hero, sharp and devious, but kindly. He falls in love with the no-nonsense, crossbow-wielding, chain smoking Adorabella Dearheart. How can you not love it?
Once I finished Going Postal, I had to keep going–addicted, is what it was. So, Audible obliged, and I downloaded Moist’s next adventure, Making Money. Crammed with golems and wizards and magical rings–not to mention, pole dancing, Rubber Goods of a Certain Variety, and economic theory. Great fun ensues when Mr. Fusspot (the little dog who is the Chairman of the board of the bank, thanks to a bequest from his late loving mistress, Topsy Lavish) discovers an item in the Rubber Goods of a Certain Variety category and adopts it as his plaything. It vibrates, do you see, and as he is a very small dog, it carries him with it. Mr. Fusspot is eventually adopted by the Patrician, who misses his little dog Wuffles (visiting his grave every week to lay a dog biscuit on it). This book gives us another take on the Clown’s Guild. It is featured in a couple other stories, which mostly emphasized how grim and UNfunny the clown’s life is. In this case, however, we are introduced to a born Master Clown, who unfortunately discovers his vocation too late, and becomes a bank clerk instead of a clown.
Professional librarian, author, and dreamer.
Terry Pratchett is brilliantly funny, almost all the time. It's true that his jokes and double entendres can occasionally slip past American readers, though, because they are, well, British in nature. Not this time, however. Going Postal could just as well describe the state of an American post office and the jokes about stamp collectors and customers probably fit into any nation in the world.
The mad race between the "outdated" written communication sent by surface mail and the "trendy" clacks technology (yes, the fax, darling of the yuppie set, or the telegraph if you prefer a Victorian prototype) is too real and yet so hilarious that you will be unable to avoid seeing yourself and others you know in the ridiculous antics of these characters. Two hooves up. And, by the way, it's even funnier than the film version if you happen to have seen that.
The entire cast of characters was a hoot.
I enjoyed Pratchett's sense of humor throught the entire book. After listening to a couple serious books in a row, this was just the perfect balance of Sci-Fi and humor that I needed.
The performance is very very good and entertaining. I will definitely be checking out some more Discworld titles.