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
There's two things that I didn't particularly care for. It reminds me too much of Unseen Academicals, and there are unnatural pauses (probably from recording from different sessions) in Stephen Briggs' otherwise excellent narration - and that is a problem with the production rather than the narration. Despite that, I found it very enjoyable.
And anyone giving less is doing an injustice to society. Thank the gods for this story, this writer, and this narrator.
Terry Pratchett, despite suffering from a rare form of Alzheimer's, is still the most prolific writer today. The man seems fundamentally incapable of producing inferior work, and the Discworld series is just as meaningful, funny and fascinating has it has always been. Nearly 40 books in the series, and I find myself still hungry for more. The Vimes books are my favorites and this one certainly does not disappoint.
Another great Sam Vimes discworld Mystery. Entertaining and enjoyable from the first word to the last.
I really enjoyed this book. If you like the disc world then this story is like settling in with an old friend on a comfortable couch.
Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.
This was one of those bargain basement books that I picked up because I knew I needed to read some of Terry Patchett's Discworld. Little did I know at the time it was the 39th installment and I had no experience with any of the previous 38. So how fair of a review could this possibly be I do not know. I am told each Discworld installment should stand on its own.
The Ankh-Morpork City Watch is a fictional police force within the Discworld series and is commanded by the protagonist Samuel Vines. Vimes is inveigled by his wife, Lady Sybil, into taking a vacation with their son, Young Sam, at her family's mansion Crundells. The commander discovers that the rural community has a dark past with the resident goblins, humanoid lifeforms living in nearby caves. Goblins have been enslaved and force to work on Lord Rusts tobacco plantations allowing him to manufacture cigars and smuggle them to Ankh-Morpork. Vimes arrests the responsible parties, has the goblins recognized as citizens by all major nations and rulers, etc, etc, etc..
Sound like fun? It is. Pratchett being Sir Terry Pratchett makes him really quite British you know and so most of the satire, parody and humor escapes me but perhaps not you. It is a cute story, well written and narrated.
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.
This was my first Terry Pratchett book. I am going to get the whole Discworld series now.
The narrator wasn't that bad. He just had such poor boring material. Don't waste your money.
I'm unable to listen to the files due to DRM. I'm quitting the service and not looking back. If Audable wants to sell product then they need to make shore all they're customers can use their product. I love audio books, But if I can't listen then I will not buy.
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