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.
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This was my first experience with Terry Pratchett. The story was good fun and the narration excellent. Very enjoyable overall, with perhaps a bit more depth and poignancy in the end than I expected. Similar to some of Neil Gaiman's work, but perhaps not quite as moving or "literary" in some respects.
Avid reader. Baker. Musician. Did I say avid reader?
YES. I love Terry Pratchett's books, and this is one of the better ones.
Fabulous character development, excellent story, lots of philosophical conundra
Stephen Briggs performance and all of the voices that he does makes this such and engrossing audio experience. So far this has been the best audio book I have heard yet!
The setting of a Victorianish human world with smart humor and language. The fantastical creatures of trolls, goblins and dwarves just make things so much more interesting.
Just the shear and subtle changes he does that leads to a great performance. Each character sounds different than the others.
Stinky the goblin. I don't know if it would be the most sanitary dinner but I could really go for a conversation learning more about the goblin race. I'd also love to know what his hopes and aspirations would be!
I'm hooked on Terry Pratchett now. The style, setting and characters are just so well done and fleshed out. I've enjoyed each and every one of the characters that the book has presented to me.
I have, Several times. Actually the plot is a bit complex. Not one you can really listen to while trying to do other things. The second time I listened to it it made more sense and was just as enjoyable.
The humor. Terry Pratchett throws it in at the most random times.
The machinations of the characters are entertaining.
The author addresses humanitarian issues in a way that cannot offend because goblins do not exist that I am aware of. He can be gritty but not depressing. Something I enjoy very much.
Oh he brings it alive. A treat especially for an American who gets to listen to a variety of accents. It would be easy for the wrong narrator to butcher this book but there are no dead or dull spots in this man's narration. The only other I can compare him to is Barbara Rosenblatt in the Peabody series.
I enjoy murder mysteries. But, I didn't read the publisher's description closely enough. So I wasn't expecting an out-of-this-world murder mystery.
I enjoyed the characters, narration, and the plot once I got past the first few chapters. It was just adjusting my mindset that took some time.
Listener of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Intrigue (not romance), Historical Fiction and very eclectic in her literary wanderings.
Sir Terry brings back a beloved character, Samuel Vimes (insert various titles here) for a vacation in the country that is anything but relaxing. His family is growing and changing and he's trying to keep up with the times (or rather Sybil is). While lounging miserably at the country estate, Vimes finds himself inside a murder investigation, goblin trafficking and learning even more about poo than anyone thought possible.
Meanwhile, the city watch is up to their classic tricks, introducing new characters and deputizing some old ones. There are hints within their chapters about future storylines, so pay attention!
This book held itself up very well, being funny, entertaining and always with a twist. There's a political lesson in there too, one very much in line with current events (Planned? You bet).
I kept saying that the Narrator Stephen Briggs was doing a remarkable voice for Veterinari and then I looked him to discover he plays the character in the movies. His voice work kept the pace moving and laughs coming.
Downside? The title dumbfounded me until halfway through.
Overall, a positively good read.
Terry Pratchett really does know how to spin a story well. Some characters were unexpected (as per usual), some were hilarious (as always), and some were just as they always are (Sam Vimes!). The narrator's voices were superbly done and I couldn't have asked for a better vacation listen!
I think one of the most memorable moments is when Vimes and his son go to visit the children's book writer. She's so unexpected and wonderfully "Pratchett-esque." It's funny, totally spot on, and builds suspension in the overall plot marvelously.
I have listened to both "Going Postal" and "Making Money" (also by Terry Pratchett) and the performance is on par with excellence every time. One thing I love about Stephen Briggs is that I don't hear repeat voices (i.e. voices he used for other characters in the other performances he does coming back as "new" characters). The world is the same, but the characters are different and he does them true justice.
I love reading anything by Terry Pratchett, but having Pratchett read by Stephen Briggs takes it to an especially elevated level of enjoyment. I hope the Discworld series continues forever.
Yes. The narrator is excellent and understands Pratchett's humor perfectly.
Vimes - in this book he reminds me of Barnaby from the Midsommer Murders, the old copper just trying to have a vacation.
Tears of the Mushroom - -the goblin dialect is hilarious and the narrator reads it so well.
This was my first Terry Pratchett book and I'm hooked. I've heard the other books are more on the comical side but actually, I found Snuff to be pretty hilarious. The eloquent British English in the context of this obscure world of Humans, Goblins and others just cracks me up. The story is centered around a serious issue though (no spoilers) and Pratchett really is an observant writer. Every now and then one of his passages reveals a deep insight into 'the human condition' (I know, pretty vague, but it's true!) and then he made me laugh in the next passage again. Amazing stuff - like an old man who has seen it all, he can write about the tragic things, as well as the absurd, with a detachment and ease of a wise and witty soul. The narration by Stephen Briggs is outstanding, nothing else to say, just outstanding.
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