If you haven't read/heard Pratchett, do yourself a favor and get one. There are many to choose from, and if you like one you're in for a lot more fun.
Monstrous Regiment is another Terry Pratchett stunner. I wasn't sure about the book initially because I hadn't strayed far from the witches books or the watch books, but I got into it quickly. What I HATED was the music. Please never put music in audio books. Very, very bad decision. Sometimes I drift off to sleep while listening to audio books. Not this one. The music was jarring. I buy an audiobook to listen to the story. I buy music to listen to music.
I loved the women-in-a-man's-world theme. Loved the characters, especially Igorina.
Down with music interspersed within the narration of audio books.
I haven't read the print version, but the narration is so stellar that I can't imagine any way that I could enjoy this more than on Audible. In fact, I have a friend who is a fan of Terry Pratchett and am constantly telling him that he ought to get Audible to enjoy the books to their fullest.
Terry Pratchett makes the characters so real that I'm invested in them almost immediately. These are people I want to meet. They're layered and complex. The writing is among the best I've ever encountered in any genre. My favorite Discworld books feature Sam Vimes and the Watch - some of whom make an appearance here.
He brings every one of the characters to life and captures Pratchett's gorgeous and funny prose with pitch perfection.
Don't Ask, Don't Tell
While this book can be enjoyed as a stand-alone, I think the impact is even greater when read after the City Watch books and The Truth. It really is a triumph of storytelling and brought tears to my eyes.
I'm actually a day old tart, filled with maple custard. Perhaps, this reads as a rational introduction to others, and you are deliberately misreading it, because, come on, maple custard.
I LOVE this book! My first Pratchett, made me a total addict! Hilarious! If you like Monty Python, Neil Gaimen, or Douglas Adams, I recommend these books.
Terry Pratchett never fails to be on point. This is a fun loose parallel to recent changes in the US military regarding women in combat roles. Each character is very well defined and has his or her own reasons for joining the military. Briggs is brilliant as usual in bringing these characters to life. If only Sir Terry Pratchett had left us more gems such as Monstrous Regiment!
Again and again and again. I hear something different each time.
the fact that Pratchett shows up all the the silly prejudices about women in a humorous but powerful way.
His ability to change his accents an voice makes all the characters come alive.
The whole book told the story of a group of people thrown together and how they come to respect and care deeply for each other--all in preparation for a surprise ending.
It's funny, has good characters, and good action. You don't need to know about the other discworld books to understand this one. The narration is well paced and captures the humor well. The only trouble is that the narrator runs out of unique voices, and starts making them nasally.