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.
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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.
Oh yes! This is a fun and silly book that takes you away to a new world (or an old one if you are a reader of discworld)
I personally can't compare this book to any other that is not in the Discworld. The next book in Most Von Lipwigs life "Making Money" is close to as much fun as this book.
He really understands the charterers and brings them to life. Each voice is distinct and you can hear the personality's shine through.
I have listened to this book several times. Since it is over 11 hours long I just can't hear it all in one sitting most of the time, but I have and it was grand.
I travel 50 miles a day, so Audible books are a blessing to me. I read or listen to anything.
I have read/listened to all the Terry Pratchett I can get my hands ons. Ok, I admit it, I am hooked. It was hard to choose my favorite, please know next week it may shift. They books are funny, play with you using allusion even the not so well read can "get", and thought provoking. I rank this among the best I've read (this week). Stephen Briggs does a great job of making each character unique. You know who's talking instantly. This book had me in stitches.
Delightful entry in the Discworld series. One of Pratchett's best with wit, adventure, & a wonderful, imaginative plot.
I knew about Discworld for 15+ years and never read any of it because...can you believe it, I thought it was 'serious' and chronological...an intense series to get involved with. How did I miss the fact that Terry Pratchett is one of the funniest men on Earth? I'm glad I waited though because Stephen Briggs is my favorite male narrator (why doesn't he do any other books?!?!) and his rendering, especially of this book and Making Money, are perfect. I highly suggest you read Going Postal and Making Money even if you haven't liked Pratchett, never plan on reading any of his other books and/or don't like fantasy in the first place. They're just hysterical books and you'll want all your friends to read them too so you can make Discworld-references and laugh all over again.
The written word of Terry Pratchett is at once funny and thought provoking. I read Going Postal and immediately thought it one of the best of the Discworld novels. I was initially disappointed a new character was being introduced, having grown quite fond of Commander Vimes and the Night Watch. However, the new protagonist, Moist Von Lipwig, quickly won me over.
The real star of this title is the narrator Stephen Briggs. In the same way Jim Dale brought Harry Potter to life, Briggs delivers a performance that is quite simply breathtaking. Briggs adds a depth and nuance to an already excellent manuscript. The listener quite simply forgets there is one narrator as Briggs brings Moist, The Patrician, and most remarkably, Igor, to life.
This title is, for me, simply the best Audible has to offer.
This was the first book by Terry Prachett that I listened to, and I knew I had found my perfect author, just wonderful, if you liked Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe, You'll love this.
I have listened to Going Postal numerous times and I have no doubt I will do so again. I'm a huge Pratchett fan, and this definitely is one of his best pieces of work. It's also one of the few Pratchett books that can be enjoyed without having read other Discworld novels as background. I've recommended it to several people as a good introduction to Terry Pratchett and the Discworld, and all of them have loved it. Smart, deliciously witty, thought-provoking and loud-out-loud funny, with Sir Terry's trademark love of word play ... even after reading it once a year for several years, it never gets stale.
Stephen Briggs does his usual masterful job of bringing Pratchett's extraordinary, weird and wonderful characters to life. He gives each of them a unique and easily identifiable voice and personality that adds immensely to the experience. I've read Going Postal in print and also listened to the audiobook, and while reading the story is a delight, the addition of Briggs' performance makes it positively delicious!
Making Money is the excellent sequel and also a great, fun read, although Going Postal is a hard act to follow.