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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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.
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.
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