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 the best disc world stories. funny moving ingenious enthralling. full of interesting questions about life politics and the nature of nobility
"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.
"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.
No, no - not quite right. There's a fine line between giving characters, well, character - and hamming it up more than Miss Piggy at the panto. Stephen Briggs gets this right, and I commend those Pratchett novels he has narrated to your attention: distinct enough to be interesting, normal enough not to be annoying. This doesn't.
Whilst the sample of this one was promising, in the end Mr Planer fairly pole-vaults that fine line after about half an hour of listening. Cloying, oily, self-satisfied: inadvertent, no doubt, but that is the sense of the narrator that comes across. I suspect it is because of how good an actor he actually is; but great imitation and variety is not really (when you think about it) what a listener seeks in a narrator. The world's greatest mimic would be a tiresome tale teller. Distinctions between characters in literary art are mostly a matter of rhythm and vocabulary, not accent. I felt the pace and character of Pratchett being wrestled rather artlessly away into a showcase for Planer's ability to gurgle, hiss and ooze about the place.
I could have done without the Ulster Sergeant Colon, too.
"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.
love it! you really feel the emotions of the characters in this book. absolutely fantastic .
"very good but needs an edit"
Look,it's a terry prachett book so you know it's amazing but the poor edits let it down a bit.
"One of my favs"
I love this book have read and listened to it over and over again happiness
"Another great Audio book from Terry Pratchett,"
Another great Audio book from Terry Pratchett, Nigel Planer really makes you feel part of the story and brings it to life. on to the next!
"Probably my Favourite Watch story"
Excellent story, really good allegory for acceptance of difference, probably my second favourite discworld book after Reaper Man. Almost perfect.
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