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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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    Michael G. Maudlin Wheaton, IL United States 06-27-12
    Michael G. Maudlin Wheaton, IL United States 06-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Simply Wonderful"

    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.

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    Sarah BLOOMINGTON, IN, United States 05-28-12
    Sarah BLOOMINGTON, IN, United States 05-28-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Snuff to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The narrator is excellent and understands Pratchett's humor perfectly.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Vimes - in this book he reminds me of Barnaby from the Midsommer Murders, the old copper just trying to have a vacation.


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

    Tears of the Mushroom - -the goblin dialect is hilarious and the narrator reads it so well.


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    petrik 05-27-12
    petrik 05-27-12
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    "Enjoyed every sentence!"
    Any additional comments?

    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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    Edward Exton, PA, United States 05-03-12
    Edward Exton, PA, United States 05-03-12 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "One of Pratchett's best."

    A must read for all devotees of the Discworld series. Likeable chracters and engaging plot liine

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    Scooter 04-16-12
    Scooter 04-16-12
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    "I'm Still Waiting for another "Going Postal""

    I know I'm late to the Discworld world (if you will), but I started with Going Postal and it's still my favorite. I've listened to about a dozen others, but I still haven't heard one as good. My second favorite(s), oddly enough, are the so-called young-adult stories featuring Tiffany Aching. I really liked her development as a character through the four books, and her down-to-earth world view.

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    P. Minor Indiana/USA 04-07-12
    P. Minor Indiana/USA 04-07-12 Member Since 2003
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    "Humorous but no substance"

    I had to stop listening about half way through. I just couldn't make myself care about any of the characters. They just weren't real to me. The dialog was funny in a sarcastic way and I did enjoy that but there was nothing else to it. I thought perhaps I was just in an off mood but I started listening to another book and am really "into" it and want to know where the story is going. Listening to Snuff is like eating cotton candy.....lots of fluffy fun stuff that looks so good but after several bites you start feeling sick from the sugar. The narrator was very good tho.

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    Heather D. Moreland Nowhere, AR 03-27-12
    Heather D. Moreland Nowhere, AR 03-27-12 Member Since 2014

    Devlyn of the Fiends

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    "Pratchett has done it again!"

    I started off listening to Terry Pratchett with Guards, Guards!! I love his guard books and this one is no different. Sam Vimes is awesome and I love how Pratchett is is developing Young Sam.

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    Mitsuko Leonard 02-23-12 Member Since 2005
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    "I feel like I just discovered a gem!"
    Where does Snuff rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    I really didn't know Terry Pratchett's work but when I saw all of the other reviews, I thought I'd give Snuff a try. It was so enjoyable that I listened to it without taking breaks to listen to other stuff.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Commander Vimes is a great character, someone that I couldn't help but cheer for throughout the whole book.


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

    Willikins, the butler, is by far my favorite! He'd be a great guy to know and have in your corner.


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    Margaret Santa Clara, CA, United States 02-13-12
    Margaret Santa Clara, CA, United States 02-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Pretty good Pratchett , excellent Briggs"
    Where does Snuff rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very entertaining


    What other book might you compare Snuff to and why?

    Any Terry Prachett


    Which scene was your favorite?

    You can't beat Vimes going down the flooded river, being a determined copper all the way.


    Who was the most memorable character of Snuff and why?

    Vimes, of course. He puts things right, all the while wearing itchy , hand-knitted socks.


    Any additional comments?

    The disc world is such a treat from the ordinary hum drum of life.

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    Luke Long Beach, CA, United States 02-10-12
    Luke Long Beach, CA, United States 02-10-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Not Pratchett's best, but good"
    Where does Snuff rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Sam Vimes is back and is as hilarious as ever, but honestly I think this book should have been 100 pages longer. Seems like it's missing some plot.Stephen Briggs' performance is perfect as usual.


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