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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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.
Say something about yourself!
A must read for all devotees of the Discworld series. Likeable chracters and engaging plot liine
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.
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.
Devlyn of the Fiends
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.
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.
Commander Vimes is a great character, someone that I couldn't help but cheer for throughout the whole book.
Willikins, the butler, is by far my favorite! He'd be a great guy to know and have in your corner.
Any Terry Prachett
You can't beat Vimes going down the flooded river, being a determined copper all the way.
Vimes, of course. He puts things right, all the while wearing itchy , hand-knitted socks.
The disc world is such a treat from the ordinary hum drum of life.
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