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(P)ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1995; Copyright © Terry and Lyn Pratchett, 1989; Cover Illustration © Josh Kirby
The combination of Terry Pratchett and Nigel Planer is a treat to the senses. Terry's writing is, as always, complex and brilliant. Nigel's ability to capture the character and lend it voice...over and over again, is wonderful. Nigel's ability to change accent, his approach to the story and his characterizations are a welcome relief in a world full of too many monotone audios voiced by people who think they are much better than they are (see future notes on Stephen Briggs...).
The story itself is a great foundation for the future books regarding The Night Watch. Sometimes silly and always satirical, it is a novel that will never go out of style and will be applicable to any time or place. Terry Pratchett justly deserves all the kudos he gets.
I was so engaged that I would have to listen to the end of each CD, finding an excuse to stay longer on the exercise bike. I'm in better shape, especially in the funny bone area. It's got a lot of that local Discworld flavor, and the characters sounded like what I had imagined when I first read this book. It stands on its own, whether you are a fan or this is your first Pratchett book.
Terry Pratchett gives his readers another wonderful story about Discworld. This one is the tale of Sam Vimes, Captain of the Guard. This story is set in the big, but not neccessary great, city of Ank Morpork. The narrator does a fabulous job of distinguishing between characters and delivering Pratchett's unique sense of humour accurately. This may not be the story to start your Pratchett experience, but for those of you who already know him, you can't go wrong.
"Guards! Guards!" is thoroughly engaging, with characters you can root for while you're still prone on the floor with laughter. However, I do have two very minor quibbles with Nigel Planer's generally excellent reading. Orangutang is apparently not his best foreign language, as his rendering of the Librarian is less than riveting. Second, he completely ruined one jest by failing to read the sound effect properly. When Carrot charges the palace gate, it's supposed to sound like a European police siren, not a song by The Police. Those minor faults aside, I enjoyed this audiobook tremendously and will continue to select books read by Mr. Planer.
I enjoyed this book. It was a pleasure to read something that is a departure from my normal selections, and this one did not disapoint.
I like little dashes of philosophy, theoretical physics, and mystery in my books. This story lacked all three. Mr. Pratchett is very good at holding my attention using these elements with his other books. However, this story did not put out in this area. It was a straightforward presentation of inept guards fighting some wanna-be dragon summoners.
I have enjoyed these books for years and found the readers voices grating and off putting. He makes most of the characters sound either dull or with a head cold.
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