This was my first Discworld book (and it won't be the last). The best part is the performance -- Stephen Briggs does an awesome job of portraying the numerous very vivid, very quirky characters in this book. The result is a bit like a Harry Potter book, except for adults. Pratchett's story is a bit thin, but his characters and situations are beautifully done -- comedy, suspense, action, it's great. A whole lot of fun, I highly recommend it for anyone who likes fantasy fiction and dry British humor.
This is the second best Vimes book, after Thud. I suggest that you read this series of Vimes books in chronological order.
Pratchett's sense of humor makes every line worth the read, but the story in this book builds from a pointless character sketch to a brilliant, satirical work about prejudice and cultural bias before you realize it is doing it. Well worth the read, both for the story and for Pratchett's inimitable writing. The reader is amusing, too.
I've long been a fan of the Diskworld series, so I was really excited to see Snuff on the list. I wasn't disappointed. The story is pure Pratchett and follows the form and spirit of the other Diskworld books. If you are a fan of his other works, you'll like this one.
Daughter of a librarian, trained as a librarian, a lifelong lover of books. Mysteries, sci fi, fantasy, biography, true crime, romance, cooking, classic films, etc.!
I like Stephen Briggs' characterization and voices. I am a fan of Britcoms, so I am familiar with the accents and British terminology. Having real all of the Discworld books helps, but is not necessary. I have now listened to this book at least six times - it is my go to when I am tired or stressed - it always makes me laugh out loud.
The other Discword books, early Xanth books - the same off-beat humor that loves to play with language and what words really mean.
I love Sam and young Sam - the interaction between the two is wonderful!
I laughed out loud several times, each time I listen to the book. Pratchett is a wizard with words.
The development of young Sam as he learns from his parents and the world he embraces is wonderful. The simple acceptance of children who have not yet been taught to judge, hate, fear, or avoid the
Yes, I would listen to Snuff again. For pure light hearted escape entertainment! With some fun sarcasm thrown in. NOT fluff!
Briggs is pitch perfect in his characterizations! I thoroughly enjoy listening to him!
This book is a little long for one sitting. But it was quite easy to get right back into the flow even after a day or so.
I have found that the audible books are very entertaining because the readers are so good at the use of dialects. When reading a book I certainly do not think that way. This adds another whole dimension to a book.
Having heard about the Discworld series from friends for years, I finally gave in when I saw this volume on offer. While it is part of the fantasy genre, it also offered my favorite mystery/murder story. Much to my pleasure, it turns out to be a British drawing room mystery (think Thomas Linley or Inspector Dalglish) but in an entirely new setting.
Full of colorful characters, vivid action and more than a touch of humor, it is the perfect recipe for me. I shall be trying other books in the series, but I will start by searching out further installments with the indomitable Commander Vimes.
The story had hilairous quips, innuendos and fantastic wit. The reader is most excellent!
If you like whimsical mysteries...you will enjoy this one. Well done.
We listeners have been spoiled by the Discworld series on audio, which employs people who love the material and know (presumably from asking Mr. Pratchett) just how it was meant to be read, so yes. Pratchett's narrative voice is conversational, uses comedic timing, and employs the equivalent of muttered asides to the reader, all of which are perfect for reading aloud, or listening to someone else reading aloud.
Snuff isn't quite a Watch story, it's a Vimes story, and watching Vimes having to act on his own is a change of pace. There's a real humanness to his interactions with his family (and his butler) that gives them all an extra dimension. Without the banter, the outings with young Sam, and Vimes just generally being Vimes at people, the story might have felt a bit thin.
Stephen Briggs can do no wrong with Discworld. I have listened to most of his performances of Discworld material at one time or another, and have never found fault in any of them. Snuff is no exception.
I suppose I'd take young Sam. I'd learn all I could ever have wanted to know about poo.
This is a bit more of a lightweight story than Night Watch, or Thud!, or most of the recent Watch stories. Listeners expecting high drama may be disappointed. Listeners expecting high adventure should do fine.