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Going Postal: Discworld #29 Audiobook

Going Postal: Discworld #29

Arch-swindler Moist von Lipwig never believed his crimes were hanging offenses, until he found himself with a noose around his neck, dropping through a trap door, and falling into...a government job? Getting the moribund Postal Service up and running again, however, may be an impossible task. Worse, the new Postmaster could swear the mail is talking to him.
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Publisher's Summary

Arch-swindler Moist von Lipwig never believed his crimes were hanging offenses, until he found himself with a noose around his neck, dropping through a trap door, and falling into...a government job? Getting the moribund Postal Service up and running again, however, may be an impossible task. Worse, the new Postmaster could swear the mail is talking to him. Worst of all, it means taking on the gargantuan, money-hungry Grand Trunk clacks communication monopoly and its bloodthirsty piratical head, Mr. Reacher Gilt.

But it says on the building 'Neither Rain Nor Snow Nor Glo m Of Ni t'...Inspiring words (admittedly, some of the bronze letters have been stolen), and for once in his wretched life Moist is going to fight. And if the bold and impossible are what's called for, he'll do it; to move the mail, continue breathing, get the girl, and deliver that invaluable commodity that everyone requires: hope.

©2004 Terry Pratchett; (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Finalist, Fiction (unabridged), 2005

"Thanks to the timely subject matter and Pratchett's effervescent wit, this 29th Discworld novel may capture more of the American audience he deserves." (Publishers Weekly)
"Instead of revisiting old characters, Pratchett again takes on the task of further rounding out his already beautifully imagined Discworld, doing it with his usual blending of good laughs and unexpected depths." (Booklist)

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    IngridH 07-31-14
    IngridH 07-31-14

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    "Fabulous Twist"
    What made the experience of listening to Going Postal: Discworld #29 the most enjoyable?

    I can't say enough good things about Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. I'm a huge fan. I loved the main character, I loved the subplot about gollums, I loved the post office. What I loved the very most was the incredible ending--one of Pratchett's most memorable after Granny Weatherwax picking the real version of herself from the mirrors in Witches Abroad. And the other witches book where Granny Weatherwax puts herself in the bees... that one is pretty darn amazing, too.


    What does Stephen Briggs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I think Briggs is talented, but I'm not over the moon about him. I'd like more accents and variation. Excepting Nigel Planer's strange take on Angua, I think I prefer him to Briggs, which I think I'm probably not supposed to admit. What I love best about listening on audio lets me share the book with my husband and knit at the same time.


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

    I found some of the more prolonged scenes with Vetinari a bit hard going, so I lost focus a bit and had to take a break and come back later.


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    Alex AUSTIN, TX, United States 03-30-13
    Alex AUSTIN, TX, United States 03-30-13 Member Since 2005
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    "A Real Beauty"

    I've never been crazy about Sci-Fi or Fantasy, but this book (and series) is excellent. It reminds me a bit of a well-written TV sitcom like 'Frasier', in that it's all about the characters and the funny situations. You find yourself rooting for the main character. Pratchett writing style is best described as whimsical. The narration by Stephen Briggs is amazingly good. I can't imagine it being done any better. He has a wide range of voices, with great interpretation that adds to the experience, especially the voice of the Golem.

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    jayne 03-21-13
    jayne 03-21-13 Member Since 2012
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    "language master"
    What did you love best about Going Postal: Discworld #29?

    funny throughout. stunning visuals created, humorous scenarios abound.


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

    started with another and got hooked. have about four now. plan on getting the full series over time.


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

    wanted to but also want to savor


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    Lee Stahl Missoula, MT, USA 12-05-12
    Lee Stahl Missoula, MT, USA 12-05-12 Member Since 2012

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    "The next great Pratchett Adventure"
    What did you love best about Going Postal: Discworld #29?

    This is an amazing story from Disc World. A new and exciting character to follow. Briggs is once again gives a stellar performance!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Going Postal: Discworld #29?

    The Golem story line was excellent, and the new villain/hero story arc was awesome.


    What about Stephen Briggs’s performance did you like?

    His golem voices were astounding.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was extremely hilarious.


    Any additional comments?

    Once you have finished this one, go for Making Money for the continued adventures of Moist Von Lipwig!

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    Hope Robbins Hare 10-03-12
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    "Going Postal AND Making Money"

    I had already read both of course–but it was a long time ago, 8 years maybe. This time I listened to them, and was very entertained by the accents and, as always, the wonderful story telling . Stephen Briggs, the reader, does a grand job differentiating the characters as he reads them.

    The horrible villain of Going Postal, Reacher Gilt, has a sort of husky emphatic tone, which actually reminded me of the way a wealthy contractor friend of ours speaks. The whole ingenious story about the birth of stamps (culminating in the brilliant idea of flavored glues, including the CABBAGE scented glue for the Sto Plains edition, featuring, of course, a picture of their prime money earner, the cabbage) is a tour de force. Pratchett is a master when it comes to giving life to his characters, and the aged Junior Postman Tolliver Groat and his assistant Stanley Howler are brilliant examples of his art. With slightly-deranged-but-heart-of-gold Stanley, we have a splendid example of the crazy nerd, and in this case, his particular craze is PINS: we enter (somewhat gingerly, it’s pointed, ha ha) the world of the Pin Collectors, with magazines devoted to it, grungy stores selling pins in all their marvelous variety, the arcane language, and the seedy back rooms where Special Pins for the True Connoisseur are to be found. Stanley is a fanatic Pin Head–until Moist Von Lipvig creates and reveals to him the much more magical and engrossing world of Stamp Collecting. With Pictures! The story is of course silly–but irresistible, and Moist is an engaging hero, sharp and devious, but kindly. He falls in love with the no-nonsense, crossbow-wielding, chain smoking Adorabella Dearheart. How can you not love it?

    Once I finished Going Postal, I had to keep going–addicted, is what it was. So, Audible obliged, and I downloaded Moist’s next adventure, Making Money. Crammed with golems and wizards and magical rings–not to mention, pole dancing, Rubber Goods of a Certain Variety, and economic theory. Great fun ensues when Mr. Fusspot (the little dog who is the Chairman of the board of the bank, thanks to a bequest from his late loving mistress, Topsy Lavish) discovers an item in the Rubber Goods of a Certain Variety category and adopts it as his plaything. It vibrates, do you see, and as he is a very small dog, it carries him with it. Mr. Fusspot is eventually adopted by the Patrician, who misses his little dog Wuffles (visiting his grave every week to lay a dog biscuit on it). This book gives us another take on the Clown’s Guild. It is featured in a couple other stories, which mostly emphasized how grim and UNfunny the clown’s life is. In this case, however, we are introduced to a born Master Clown, who unfortunately discovers his vocation too late, and becomes a bank clerk instead of a clown.

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    Altivo 09-18-12
    Altivo 09-18-12

    Retired librarian, author, and dreamer.

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    "Pratchett outdid himself"

    Terry Pratchett is brilliantly funny, almost all the time. It's true that his jokes and double entendres can occasionally slip past American readers, though, because they are, well, British in nature. Not this time, however. Going Postal could just as well describe the state of an American post office and the jokes about stamp collectors and customers probably fit into any nation in the world.

    The mad race between the "outdated" written communication sent by surface mail and the "trendy" clacks technology (yes, the fax, darling of the yuppie set, or the telegraph if you prefer a Victorian prototype) is too real and yet so hilarious that you will be unable to avoid seeing yourself and others you know in the ridiculous antics of these characters. Two hooves up. And, by the way, it's even funnier than the film version if you happen to have seen that.

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    Mark G REDONDO BEACH, CA, United States 08-20-12
    Mark G REDONDO BEACH, CA, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2007

    75 minute commute each way. I've got some time for audible listening.

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    "My first Terry Pratchett listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The entire cast of characters was a hoot.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I enjoyed Pratchett's sense of humor throught the entire book. After listening to a couple serious books in a row, this was just the perfect balance of Sci-Fi and humor that I needed.


    Any additional comments?

    The performance is very very good and entertaining. I will definitely be checking out some more Discworld titles.

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    Amy Reidsville, NC, United States 07-23-12
    Amy Reidsville, NC, United States 07-23-12 Member Since 2012
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    "One of my Pratchett favorites"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Oh yes! This is a fun and silly book that takes you away to a new world (or an old one if you are a reader of discworld)


    What other book might you compare Going Postal: Discworld #29 to and why?

    I personally can't compare this book to any other that is not in the Discworld. The next book in Most Von Lipwigs life "Making Money" is close to as much fun as this book.


    What does Stephen Briggs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He really understands the charterers and brings them to life. Each voice is distinct and you can hear the personality's shine through.


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

    I have listened to this book several times. Since it is over 11 hours long I just can't hear it all in one sitting most of the time, but I have and it was grand.


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    Kathleen 07-22-12
    Kathleen 07-22-12 Member Since 2011

    I travel 50 miles a day, so Audible books are a blessing to me. I read or listen to anything.

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    "Best Among the Best"

    I have read/listened to all the Terry Pratchett I can get my hands ons. Ok, I admit it, I am hooked. It was hard to choose my favorite, please know next week it may shift. They books are funny, play with you using allusion even the not so well read can "get", and thought provoking. I rank this among the best I've read (this week). Stephen Briggs does a great job of making each character unique. You know who's talking instantly. This book had me in stitches.

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    Edward Exton, PA, United States 05-09-12
    Edward Exton, PA, United States 05-09-12 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Delightful"

    Delightful entry in the Discworld series. One of Pratchett's best with wit, adventure, & a wonderful, imaginative plot.

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