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Snuff | [Terry Pratchett]

Snuff

Sam Vimes is on a well-deserved holiday. 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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Charlene Seattle, WA, United States 10-27-11
    Charlene Seattle, WA, United States 10-27-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Not his best, but that's still better than most"

    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. ;)

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    John Denver, Colorado, United States 11-24-12
    John Denver, Colorado, United States 11-24-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Second best Vimes book"

    This is the second best Vimes book, after Thud. I suggest that you read this series of Vimes books in chronological order.

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    Joseph Austin, TX, United States 09-25-12
    Joseph Austin, TX, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Very good."

    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.

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    Amazon Customer Fremont, CA 05-22-12
    Amazon Customer Fremont, CA 05-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Long Live Diskworld"
    If you could sum up Snuff in three words, what would they be?

    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.


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    S. Vann Denton, TX USA 04-05-12
    S. Vann Denton, TX USA 04-05-12 Member Since 2010

    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.!

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    "Sam Vimes on forced holiday; crime follows!"
    What made the experience of listening to Snuff the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Snuff to and why?

    The other Discword books, early Xanth books - the same off-beat humor that loves to play with language and what words really mean.


    Which character ??? as performed by Stephen Briggs ??? was your favorite?

    I love Sam and young Sam - the interaction between the two is wonderful!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed out loud several times, each time I listen to the book. Pratchett is a wizard with words.


    Any additional comments?

    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

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    Polly WOODRIDGE, IL, United States 03-26-12
    Polly WOODRIDGE, IL, United States 03-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Always a fun read! Though I recommend listening!"
    Would you listen to Snuff again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to Snuff again. For pure light hearted escape entertainment! With some fun sarcasm thrown in. NOT fluff!


    What does Stephen Briggs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Briggs is pitch perfect in his characterizations! I thoroughly enjoy listening to him!


    Any additional comments?

    Reliable enjoyment!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer MARYVILLE, IL, United States 02-14-12
    Amazon Customer MARYVILLE, IL, United States 02-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Entertaining"
    What does Stephen Briggs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    dialect


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Avon Lake, Ohio, United States 02-11-12
    Pamela Avon Lake, Ohio, United States 02-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Peer pressure"

    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.

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    Tamara Duchesne, UT, United States 01-18-12
    Tamara Duchesne, UT, United States 01-18-12 Member Since 2008
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    "British Humor at it's finest!"

    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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    Josephine Salas 05-27-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great version of a great book!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love Terry Pratchett's Discworld series and this was my first foray into an audio version. I loved every minute. The narrator did a great job!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was entertaining!


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Briggs’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this is my first. I'd be willing to see what else he does and would buy other versions of Discworld books.


    If you could take any character from Snuff out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Sam Vines, of course followed closely by Vetinari, whose character is a favorite of mine.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope.

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