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Feet of Clay Audiobook

Feet of Clay: Discworld, Book 19

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Publisher's Summary

Who's murdering harmless old men? Who's poisoning the Patrician? As autumn fogs hold Ankh-Morpork in their grip, the City Watch has to track down a murderer who can't be seen.

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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©1996 Terry and Lyn Pratchett; (P)1999 Isis Publishing Ltd.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Catherine 09-22-10
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    "Great, as usual, but with a glitch"

    This is the fifth Terry Pratchett I've bought, I'm going to work/listen my way through the entire library. Nigel Planer is absolutely brilliant and perfect as a narrator, I may move on to listen to everything he's narrated.

    BUT.
    There is a "skip" in Part One, Chapter Four, minute 56:20. The narration moves from Foul Ole'Ron and the others shrinking away from a strange figure in the night, and jumps to the suicide of a golem in the butcher's workshop.
    I can't get Audible customer support to understand my complaint - there's a problem with the recording! - or respond to it.

    I still like the story, and the recording, I just wonder what I'm missing.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Roodepoort, South Africa 05-29-12
    Janice Roodepoort, South Africa 05-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Story and great Reading"

    The characters in this fantastic Terry Pratchett story are brought to life by the reader, bringing a whole new layer to the great tales that Terry Pratchett writes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MJM 05-10-16
    MJM 05-10-16
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    "Thoughtful Storyline"
    Where does Feet of Clay rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Made me laugh - like all of Terry's story's. Ranked really high.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Vimes is at his sarcastic best. His outlook on the life & times of HIS city is what keeps me reading.


    Have you listened to any of Nigel Planer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes on other Pratchett's audiobooks. Reads his books well.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes a number of times. If it was a paperback it would be in pieces through overuse.


    Any additional comments?

    Love this book. It's always interesting how Terry Pratchett manages to have several storylines running along side each other without the listener losing their way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sandra Osborne Park, Australia 03-01-13
    sandra Osborne Park, Australia 03-01-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Nigel Planer delivers again."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Feet of Clay to be better than the print version?

    I've enjoyed the print versions of Pratchett's books for years, but there's something about Nigel Planer's delivery that really brings it all to life.


    What about Nigel Planer’s performance did you like?

    I've listened to a few recordings by Nigel Planer now, and I really like the way he has assigned specific accents and personality touches to each of the characters. He's continued this from one book to the next, so there's a great audible continuity to his work.


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    Kent Karlskrona, Sweden 09-03-12
    Kent Karlskrona, Sweden 09-03-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Another excellent night watch book."
    What did you love best about Feet of Clay?

    All the clever pop culture references to, among other things, classical robot movies like Robocop.


    What other book might you compare Feet of Clay to and why?

    Hmm. It's a mystery story at heart with an enormous amount of little things going on.
    I'd say it compares well to Men at arms by the same author.


    Have you listened to any of Nigel Planer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Solid as always.
    He does not quite reach the same level as Stephen Briggs but is still a top notch reader.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The phrase uttered by Dorfl: 'Undead or alive you are coming with me' perhaps?
    Or possibly 'taking names and prodding buttock'.


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone interested in reading Terry Pratchetts Discworld series but has not yet done so should probably start with a previous city watch book: Guards Guards!
    There is very little about this book that cannot be enjoyed on its own but most people prefer to follow the characters chronologically.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 06-14-12
    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 06-14-12 Member Since 2013

    When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.

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    "Prejudice & racism through City Watch eyes!"

    "Feet of Clay" is one of my all-time Discworld favourites. It is the third Ankh-Morpork City Watch novels. While the story is straight-forward, it is also one of the most complicated. After digging into Jewish folk-tales, Terry Pratchett introduce the race of golems into the Discworld universe. These clay figures are the pinnacle of hard work and goodness, but are generally rubbished as good-for-nothings and always suspected of doing things that they are not supposed to do... until one of them lives up to the prejudice of the Ankh-Morpork community.

    Pratchett gives a satirical look on the issues of prejudice, sexism, xenophobia and racism. In "Feet of Clay" he leaves no stone unturned to highlight the dark reality of this phenomenon. However, I cannot help wondering, if a Sherlock Holmes fan without a sense of humour would be more angry about Commander Samuel Vimes so very different approach to detective work, than that of the greatest literature sleuth of all time?

    I found a scene near the end of the book gripping. After the golem, Dorfl, is fixed, live returns to him. When questioned on how it is possible, he reacts,"Words written in the heart cannot be taken." (To understand the context, you need to listen to the audio book.)

    More than one character is led from oppression to freedom, from slavery to autonomy. In South Africa these themes have been heard so many times, but Pratchett is able to let it resonate with your heart.

    Nigel Planer is an excellent narrator and bring the characters successfully to life.

    I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to chuckle while dealing with serious matters.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Ann Ingham
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    "lovely"

    one of the best disc world stories. funny moving ingenious enthralling. full of interesting questions about life politics and the nature of nobility

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  • Sunna
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    "A classic Discworld story"

    Nigel Plainer reads us a story of golems, Vimes, Carrot, Nobby Nobs and royalty. Nigel and Pratchett are a bulletproof combination.

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  • Dr. R. Brompton
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    "One of my favourite Pratchett stories!"

    This is one of my favourite Terry Pratchett stories and it is brilliant. A great story, with very witty repartee throughout. Nigel Planner's narration is ok but nothing more. Too many of his character voices tend to blend into each other and the female voices are not very female sounding. However, this are still relatively minor niggles as the story carries you along. A good day's listening.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
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    "If You Don't Like The King You Have, Make One... Or Not!"

    Kings are all around. And the right to bear arms is not all that exclusive!

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  • R Bligh
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    the cow went moo. the sheep went baar. the chicken went berzerk. lol. clasic prattchet. i just loved it

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  • James H Nicholson
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    "My favourite of the series"

    This was absolutely hilarious! don't start here! Be sure to read at least the previous 2 watch series before getting to this one. There are lists online

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  • Tori
    6/26/16
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    "More Nigel Planer please!!"

    I love Terry Pratchett stories anyway but Nigel Planer just bring the whole world to life! I can't listen to anyone else!

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  • Sean Payne
    6/8/16
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    "A solid detective story in a fantasy setting"
    Would you listen to Feet of Clay again? Why?

    As one of the "middle" City Watch books, Pratchett was really getting into his stride in evolving the characters and the city they inhabit. The story itself is nicely paced and doesn't suffer from any slow moments.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Feet of Clay?

    This is the story where golems suddenly pop up as one of the many races inhabiting the Disc, so quite a few good moments circle around characters as they try to understand these strange man-made creatures. The sub-story about the Patrician's poisoning is particularly entertaining too.If I had to pick a winning moment without giving away any spoilers, I'd have to say that the bag of sugar has to be the best moment for me.


    Which character – as performed by Nigel Planer – was your favourite?

    Vimes is always a treat when performed by Planer, but to be honest most of the characterisations are entertaining.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I have done, several times.


    Any additional comments?

    It's probably worth checking out Men at Arms or Guards! Guards! first otherwise you might find this whole "Discworld" thing confusing.

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  • Jo Davis
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    6/6/16
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    "Shame they've got Nigel Planer narrating again"
    What three words best describe Nigel Planer’s voice?

    Dreadfully annoying accents.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely!


    Any additional comments?

    Don't let Nigel Planer put you off, the story is still brilliant and its worth a listen as well as a read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tony Spearing
    5/27/16
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    "brilliant book"

    really great book, excellent reading, really enjoyed the way the characters were bought to life.

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