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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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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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    Margaret Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, United States 03-19-15
    Margaret Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, United States 03-19-15
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    "My first and maybe favorite Pratchett novel! "

    In honor of Sir Terry's transition I read again and of course saw more than last time!

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    Anthony 03-14-15
    Anthony 03-14-15 Member Since 2016
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    "GNU Terry Pratchett"

    May he live on the overhead on Audible, his fantastic books available for all to listen.

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    Lucienne 01-24-15
    Lucienne 01-24-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent story"

    Perfect Narration. Another winner from Terry Pratchett! My children enjoy these stories too. Engaging and entertaining.

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    Jennifer 01-06-15
    Jennifer 01-06-15 Member Since 2009
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    "wonderful audiobook for family road trip"

    This is the second Terry Pratchett book we have listened to as a family (the first being "Marvelous Maurice and His Educated Rodents," also highly recommended). Mr. Pratchett is an artful writer--clever metaphors, well-crafted sentences and flat out hilarious characters make Going Postal highly entertaining. While Marvelous Maurice was more a story about individuals beginning to organize themselves into a society, "Going Postal" offers a commentary on modern events. Lord Vetinari is a clever autocrat a la Vladimir Putin, the post office is a moribund institution that fell into disuse because of the public's desire for instant communication, and The Grand Trunk Company is any number of gigantic and poorly managed companies that were deemed "too big to fail" in the last financial crisis. In fact, I could not believe the book was written several years before the Lehman Brothers collapse and "too big to fail" became a common phrase here. I have to wonder if it was a popular phrase in Britain or if Pratchett revised the text recently.

    Any listener with any experience with Boards of Directors, corporate branding, corporate finance or management, or anyone who reads the business section of the newspaper from time to time, will find the book especially entertaining.

    The talented Stephen Briggs does a wonderful job of giving each character a distinctive voice without letting the performance detract from the text. We found his voice added to the listening experience immeasurably.

    My only negative observations is that this is a very long audiobook, and there are times it seems to drag and go on tangents. I am not sure that a couple of plot lines were ever resolved. Also, while my two older children enjoyed the book, my 9 year old found it too dry.

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    l.e. santa monica, california, United States 01-03-15
    l.e. santa monica, california, United States 01-03-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliant Blend"

    The Master gave us (with making money) a wonderful set of insights. If Swift was alive he would have laughed and nodded to the study of power in practice.

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    Stephanie L. Thompson 08-26-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Definitely One of Pratchett's Top Five Novels"

    Moist von Lipwig, the oozingly charming and incredibly clever conman-turned-postal-worker, is probably my second favorite Pratchett character (I think I have to rate Death just a little higher, because he's just such a fantastic anthropomorphic personification). Moist is hilarious to get inside the mind of, and even though he's seemingly irredeamable for the first chunk of the story, you just can't help but root for the guy -- he's such a skilled con artist that he even charms the reader (or, in this instance, listener)!

    On top of Moist, you have Adora Dearheart as his perfect love interest (perfect for giving bystanders great amusement, that is), the inimitable Night Watch, Lord Vetinari (the most genius totalitarian ruler anyone could ever meet), loads of other "usual suspects" from Discworld, and of course some great new characters from the post office and the world of crime, all tied neatly into a hilarious storyline. You really cannot ask for more from a novel.

    I feel that Stephen Briggs is probably the best person possible for narrating a Pratchett novel (although I do like Nigel Planer, too). He does a great job of giving every character their own unique voice/personality, just as Pratchett intended. As much as I love reading these books, I think that Briggs actually emphasizes comedic elements that I sometimes miss when reading -- or maybe he just helps me see the material in a slightly different way. At any rate, I always feel that my money is well spent on these audio books, and this particular one is a clear favorite.

    Word of caution: You might not want to listen to this one in public. I embarrassed myself a bit by snorting and chortling in a socially inappropriate manner on a Beijing bus while listening to this one. Witnesses to my behavior definitely thought I was nuts!

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

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    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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