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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
All the clever pop culture references to, among other things, classical robot movies like Robocop.
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.
Solid as always.
He does not quite reach the same level as Stephen Briggs but is still a top notch reader.
The phrase uttered by Dorfl: 'Undead or alive you are coming with me' perhaps?
Or possibly 'taking names and prodding buttock'.
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.
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.
"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.
"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.
"One of my favourites so far"
I really loved getting to know Vimes better as a person. There were also some truly creepy moments in this. I loved the intricacies of the poisoning plot.
"A tour de force"
Starting with the knock on the door in the dead of night, we have mystery story; murder, attempted murder, and their investigation by Commander Vimes and the rest of the Night Watch crew. If you are not familiar with the disc world, the cast of characters will surprise. There are golems, "a golem must work", "a golem must have a master"; there is wee mad Arthur, an entrepreneur who remains independent of the guild; a dwarf who causes more than a few raised eyebrows as she is comes to terms with her femininity; a werewolf, trolls, and a host of others. A theme of new roles and discovering how to be who we are. As always Pratchett's book is a social commentary while being entertaining, satirical and sometimes downright funny.
Nigel Planer reads the book with real skill, a factor which I find is essential to my enjoyment of an audio book. A richly deserved 5 stars for both the story and and the reading.
"Typically brilliant Pratchett and Planer combo."
Yes - it's light, yet observationally sharp; inventive and funny.
The plot keeps you hooked without being overbearing or heavy, yet still provides some food for thought between the story and the satire.
"What makes a man 'alive'?"
Feet of Clay follows on in the City Watch tradition of police procedural in a fantasy city whose inhabitants are all guilty of something (unless perhaps they lie down quietly all day in a dark cellar, in which case they are probably 'guilty of loitering'). Such is the view of Sam Vimes, whose single-minded quest for justice without regard to social status, despite him being married to the richest woman in Ankh-Morpork, attracts a lot of enemies.
There is some political chess being played in Ankh-Morpork in this book - someone wants the Patrician out of the way, and is prepared to stop just short of murder to achieve it. The hunt for the killer brings to light another story, that of a group of golems, pottery men who are powered by the words in their heads, are treated as slaves and are looked down upon by even the undead as being 'unalive'. What have they been meeting for, and what have they got to do with the attack on the Patrician?
The characters have aged a little since the preceding novel but are still cleverly written and funny as ever. While I don't love this novel as much as Men at Arms, I would still happily listen to this again and again. Pratchett at his best!
"Love the book, dislike the audio quality"
Another great story of the discworld. I've read them all, and am working through the audio books during long journeys. Love Pratchett's work, unfortunately this is my least favourite narrator. Not a fan of the voices he assigns to characters - especially the trolls.
The Guards stories are my preference and this is a great one. Would recommend the story but the quality of this was not great. Volume occasionally changes as if sitting closer to the microphone, and sometimes with more or less background 'hiss/hum'.
"Now thats a story"
One of the first Audible books I have bought, well read and great for a long drive, the audio quality is much better than I was expecting
I love pretty much all of the Terry Pratchett books and this is one of my favourites. I used o listen to a load of audiobooks from my local library but the stopped doing them so when i found this i was super excited.
The book itself is fantastic, its kind of a murder/mystery in a similar fashion to the other books in the City Watch set and like all discworld books it has a great sense of humor. I would definately recomend this audiobook to anybody that would listen
"Bad Narration and editing ruins this book"
The narration has really got to a stage here where the more you listen to Planers interpretations the more you realise that its just not right.
However the worse thing about this book is the editing. At one part of the book Planer breaks character and rereads a section as he was not happy with it. This was not picked up on in editing and as a result you get Planer telling the reader he will read that section again.
If like me you love dicworld chances are that you will download this anyway, but please be prepared for a book you will probably think is the worst read in the series, which is a real shame when you consider just how good a book it actually is.
I absolutely LOVED this book, so much so, I took my time with it as i didn't want it to end. Nigel Planer's narration was, as per usual superb. I love his characters voices and find the timbre of his reading voice to be very familiar and comforting. Tony Robinson is good narrating Pratchett books too, but I find Stephen Briggs too harsh. Feet of Clay has 'The Watch' trying to solve a murder mystery that rivals Agatha Christie! With Golums, vampires, werewolves, trolls, dwarves and of course the odd human to boot! A great bed time story!
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