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
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.
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.
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.
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.
A quick review to say that this is a case where the audio reader makes the story come alive. he should win an award.
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.
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.
Sam Vimes. There are some very funny (and sweet) lines in the beginning about how he feels about his wife.
Yes. It might make more sense.
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.
I have no favorites. I like them all.
Stephen Briggs brings all the characters vibrantly to life through his impressive vocal characterizations.
No, I wanted to make it last as long as possible. I'm an artist and I listen as I'm painting.
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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