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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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    John Davis, CA, United States 02-08-12
    John Davis, CA, United States 02-08-12 Member Since 2010
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    This was a decent book. I, as a reader, have read many Pratchett books. This is not an amazing Pratchett book, but it had its points. If I were to suggest that a friend start reading Pratchett, I would tell him or her to start with the Tiffany Aching series rather than this. As a Pratchett book this was good, just not great.

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    pita 02-02-12
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    "Not worth getting"
    What disappointed you about Snuff?

    The story didn't get my interest right off the start. Then by three hours of the story dragging on and on I shut it off and went for a different book.


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    Karen Sandusky, MI USA 01-20-12
    Karen Sandusky, MI USA 01-20-12 Member Since 2008
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    "First Discworld listen - I'm hooked"

    Kept my interest from start to finish. My only decision now is which of his books to listen to next.

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    Heath Atlanta Sprawl, Georgia, United States 01-18-12
    Heath Atlanta Sprawl, Georgia, United States 01-18-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Another great Discworld novel"
    Any additional comments?

    If you love the Discworld novels, especially those that involve the Ankh-Morpork City Watch, this is a no-brainer. It is very Vimes centric, but that ain't a bad thing. I love how Mr. Pratchett fleshes out what was essentially a throw-away species rarely mentioned in some of his other books. Also, Sam Vimes rules. 'Nuff said.

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    Brian T. Hardy 01-12-12

    Mr. Hardy

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    "Pratchett/Briggs is an awesome combo!"

    The combination of Pratchett/Briggs is amazing. Both artists just keep getting better! Do yourself a favor and just start buying the DiscWorld Series. There are over 30 books thus far but that's a good thing. You'll have year's of enjoyment to look forward to. Highest recommendation.

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    Kelly 01-04-12
    Kelly 01-04-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A bit off at first but a fun listen"

    The book just struck me as a bit "odd" at first but overall, entertaining characters, well read and enjoyable & fun.

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    elizabeth Rickert 01-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "reader is superb"
    What made the experience of listening to Snuff the most enjoyable?

    A quick review to say that this is a case where the audio reader makes the story come alive. he should win an award.


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    Harvey raleigh, NC, United States 12-14-11
    Harvey raleigh, NC, United States 12-14-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Great start, then downhill"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It is funny, particularly to start with, but around the second half there starts to be holes in the narration, scenes that seem to be skipped, characters acting... out of character. Not a good finish. Still, the reading is good and if you just want to hear funny bits without a need for a strong/smooth overall narrative, give it a shot.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Terry Pratchett? Why or why not?

    Absolutely. Great writer and this may be the only weak offering. Please do not judge all Pratchett by this one book!.He is very sick and I am sure he wasn't able to work on the book as he would have liked, but all earlier Disc World Adventures have been a lot of fun.


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

    Sam Vimes. There are some very funny (and sweet) lines in the beginning about how he feels about his wife.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes. It might make more sense.


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    E. Allgood 12-12-11
    E. Allgood 12-12-11

    allgoodart

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    "Terry Pratchett & Stephen Briggs-simply the best"
    What made the experience of listening to Snuff the most enjoyable?

    This story broadens the reader's knowledge of the background and personal history of several of the characters. Mr. Pratchett's books should be read in the order that they were written in order for the reader to get the most out of each book. For this reason alone I gave the story only 4 stars because it shouldn't stand alone. It is part of a bigger set.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I have no favorites. I like them all.


    What about Stephen Briggs’s performance did you like?

    Stephen Briggs brings all the characters vibrantly to life through his impressive vocal characterizations.


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

    No, I wanted to make it last as long as possible. I'm an artist and I listen as I'm painting.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Pratchett is a very clever writer. He wraps his very serious themes in a blanket of humor, fantasy, mad cap adventure, and outrageously good characterizations. His story lines are often stolen from classic literature and made fresh again. I have listened to all of his stories over and over again over the years.

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    Joshau Bakersfield, CA, United States 12-11-11
    Joshau Bakersfield, CA, United States 12-11-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Not like it used to be"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Nope wouldn't recommend it because it is one of the disc world books with strong profanity in it and it pops up several times. I really like Pratchett and his characters but I think it is time for him to stop. The book just wasn't as tidy as his previous ones and some things were put in just to have a cameo without any real relevance to the story.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Terry Pratchett? Why or why not?

    Yes I like many of his books and don't have them all.


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

    His personal voices for the characters and inflections on the narration.


    Was Snuff worth the listening time?

    I guess it was all right but if this was the first T. P. book I had ever encountered I would probably have stopped here and missed out on his other great books.


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