Maybe the golems know something - but the solemn men of clay, who work all day and night and are never any trouble to anyone, have started to commit suicide...
It's not as if the Watch hasn't got problems of its own. There's a werewolf suffering from Pre-Lunar Tension, Corporal Nobbs is hob-nobbing with the nobs, and there's something really strange about the new dwarf recruit, especially his earrings and eyeshadow.
Who can you trust when there are mobs on the street and plotters in the night and all the clues point the wrong way? In the gloom of the night, Watch Commander Sir Samuel Vimes finds that the truth may not be out there after all...
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"Most writers would have trouble producing a full page of the rich zaniness with which Terry Pratchett fills entire novels. His comic fantasies have plots and characters, but they're really about language. They beg to be read aloud." (AudioFile)
I've listened to about 20 Discworld books so far, and they are all excellent. I've rated them all 5 stars. This one, though, is one of my favorites from the 20. The reason is that, while it is as hilarious and well written as the others, aspects of the plot in this one strike me as being much deeper and more interesting to contemplate -- predestination vs. free will, for example.
Also, for those who have read Discworld books, I suggest you don't let that deter you from listening to them with Nigel Planar narrating. He adds a whole new dimension himself. Nigel Planar's narration and Terry Pratchett's writing is a match made by, well . . . the gods.
This is the third novel in the City Watch subseries of Terry Pratchett's DiscWorld series. I first enjoyed this book in its written form, but it was well worth experiencing it as an audiobook as well. I find that I appreciate many of the more subtle nuances of Terry Pratchett's novels when I hear them read aloud, and this book was no exception. A+!
Oh, yes. Well written and fun.
Not my favorite, prefer Steven Briggs.
Also fun to read, completely difference experience.
I love the discworld novels, especially any that involve the Watch. Unfortunately, when they pulled the audio from the cds for this no one bothered to check the quality. There are dead spaces where the cds move from one track to another and some of these are in the middle of a sentence.
All of Terry Pratchett's books are great fun to read. I would recommend the book with the caveat that the audio recording leaves much to be desired. It is almost like the recording is ripped from CDs with fade in/out turned on at the end of each track.
Anything with Angua in it.
There are already lots of followup books.
This is one of my favorite stories by Pratchett. Unfortunately, the reader (Nigel Planer) makes all his characters sound like they have head colds and sub par IQ's. In the future, I'll stick to Pratchett books read by Steven Briggs. Planer lowered the review by a full Star.
While this is not Pratchett's best work, that is like saying that you won "only a few million dollars" in the lottary. As always, Pratchett delivers a witty, thoughtful narrative in the finest discworld tradition.
Who else could muse on the nature of humanity while writing some of the funniest stuff on the planet. All 3 thumbs up!
My favorite stream of the Discworld series is definitely the tales of the Night Watch. This is yet another great tale with all of the Night Watch characters you have come to expect and more. I love how Pratchett deconstructs our culture and history through these characters and Pratchett has done it again!
As always, Nigel Planer has done a great job bringing the Discworld to life.
I starting with audio books because of a serious eye surgery, but now I can't sleep at night without listening to one!
As other reviewers have noted, this recording is not up to the usual quality of Pratchett's audio books. For some reason, there are occasional breaks in speech and long pauses like one would have when switching from one disc to another. It's mildly annoying, but not dreadful, and really doesn't take away from the story. This one is still very much worth purchasing (although it would be great of Audible to see is something can be done about fixing those minor errors, since normally Audible has such high quality of books).
One worry that I had when I first started purchasing audio versions of Terry Pratchett's novels was that I would lose the brilliance of his footnotes within the stories -- for me, a historian, the footnotes are one of the best parts of the novels (probably because I am so accustomed to them professionally that it just delights me to see them used in fiction). But as I have learned, a good narrator can keep the fun of the footnotes and the pace of the story going -- and Pratchett seems to have none but the best narrate his novels.
Going onto the storyline, this is one of the City Watch storylines from Discworld, and like all of Pratchett's works, you can expect quirky characters, brilliant satire, unexpected depth and insight into humanity, fantastic dialogue, and glorious mental pictures (Pratchett is master of many things, and describing a scene is among those). A string of murders, apparently committed by golems, along with the apparent poisoning of the Patrician set up the main plot in this novel, and as always in Pratchett's works, there are several minor story lines going on as well. My personal favorite of these is the storyline of the new dwarf hired to head up a forensics department of the City Watch, Cheery Littlebottom. I won't spoil any of it for you, but suffice to say, it's really funny. The relationship between Angua and Constable Carrot is further explored, we get to see Sam Vines struggling to come to terms with the wealth and position he unexpectedly ended up with after marrying Lady Sybil, and there's also some fun with Wee Mad Arthur (who at this point, still is unaware that he is a Mac Nac Feegle).
Nigel Planer is a great narrator. I keep debating whether I like his work or that of Stephen Briggs better, and I really cannot decide. They both have certain types of voices that they do better. I think I like Briggs' handling of Sam Vines best, particularly in Snuff, but Planer keeps the story moving so well and understands the characters so marvelously that I can't complain.
On the whole, I heartily recommend this audiobook.
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