For nearly three decades, Terry Pratchett has enthralled millions of fans worldwide with his irreverent, wonderfully funny satires set in the fabulously imaginative Discworld, a universe remarkably similar to our own. From sports to religion, politics to education, science to capitalism, and everything in between, Pratchett has skewered sacred cows with both laughter and wisdom, and exposed our warts, foibles, and eccentricities in a unique, entertaining, and ultimately serious way.
At long last, Lady Sybil has lured her husband, Sam Vimes, on a well-deserved holiday away from the crime and grime of Ankh-Morpork. But for the commander of the City Watch, a vacation in the country is anything but relaxing. The balls, the teas, the muck - not to mention all that fresh air and birdsong - are more than a bit taxing on a cynical city-born and -bred copper.
Yet a policeman will find a crime anywhere if he decides to look hard enough, and it’s not long before a body is discovered, and Sam - out of his jurisdiction, out of his element, and out of bacon sandwiches (thanks to his well-meaning wife) - must rely on his instincts, guile, and street smarts to see justice done. As he sets off on the chase, though, he must remember to watch where he steps... This is the countryside, after all, and the streets most definitely are not paved with gold.
Hailed as the “purely funniest English writer since Wodehouse” (Washington Post Book World), with a “satirist’s instinct for the absurd and a cartoonist’s eye for the telling detail” (Daily Telegraph, London), Terry Pratchett offers a novel of crime, class, prejudice, and punishment that shows this master at his dazzling best.
©2011 Terry and Lyn Pratchett (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers
When did Vimes become all-knowing? In many ways, this is classic Pratchett: taking on a serious social issue in an amusing, intelligent and amusing amusing amusing way. However, Vimes has somehow become an uber-cop. Just as Vetinari always knows what's going on and who's doing what, somehow Vimes has become so as well, but really, does the Disc need more than one omniscient being? I liked Vimes originally, because of his humanity, because he was a flawed man trying to do right. In this book, I found him a little cardboard. That being said, it's still Pratchett, so still a great book. And it's not like anything I say would deter a Pratchett fan, anyway. ;)
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.
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