©1989 Terry and Lyn Pratchett; (P)1995 ISIS Publishing Ltd
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.
In this Discworld novel, Ankh-Morpork's Night Watch is introduced under the leadership of Captain Sam Vimes (later Commander, Sir etc.) Pratchett evolves the Watch from a group of drunkards (with Vimes as the biggest drunkard) to a respectable police force which protects and serves the community of Ankh-Morpork.
When reading this/listening to this book, you will be introduced to Sgt Fred Colon and Corporal Nobby Nobbes, that element of the any police force that you actually wish weren't there. However, Pratchett warms the reader/ listener so much to these characters, that you realise that you need to take the bad with the good... like the patrician, the ruler of Ankh-Morpork, Lord Vetinari, tells Vimes straight after all the havoc in the city has quieted down.
You will also meet Lance Constable Carrot Ironfounderson, a human who thinks he's a dwarf, a dragon and the fat lady!
Probably the best Discworld novel, after Feet of Clay. Nigel Planer's performance is commendable en highly enjoyable. A MUST!
Nigel Planer is amazing! The voices you will hear are the same you've imagined in your head, when reading paper book. I enjoy Pratchett again, but this time on the street, in subway, everywhere.
It is Pratchett, so ..... everything.
The real authentic voices.
loved the book of course, and for the most part narration is fine but carrot and vimes sound like yokels, which is not how I have them in my head. So not good for me.
Yes and no, I have both forms. Audio when I'm out and about. Book when at home. Both forms still make me laugh.
All other Vimes's books/audio. Love them all.
Prefer Briggs to Planer, his narrative is more lively.
When I received this I wanted to listen all in one hit but just wasn't able to.
The comedy involved with the writing.
Carrot, because of the things he does in the name if law, it's often hilarious
The characters sound slow and dumb for the most part a poor representation of them. Lady Sybil seems about right though.
A story early in the experience of the Night Watch... and while it may not be their biggest trial, it is very well executed both by the author and the narrator.
Not better just different. I listen to audio books as I drive, something I would not reccomend with a print version
Sam Vimes, I just love his cynical honest view of the human condition
The prison scene with Vetinari and the rats
The audio quality in several sections of the book was poor. There was a low hum of background conversation that was both annoying and distracting.
Yes. Terry Pratchett is brilliant, as usual. And this is the best narration by Nigel Planer so far in this series - I love the voices he has used for the characters.
The book that introduced Captain Sam Vimes may not be the best in the series of Discworld novels that feature him, but it's a solid starting point for the various unique characters of the Night Watch. Indeed, rock bottom is by far the best point to start off the journey of a band of unlikely heroes.
A marvelous book written in a magnificent and unique world, splendidly brought to life by Nigel Planer, who voices each character so well you'd have to constantly remind yourself it's all done by one person, Guards! Guards! is the worth every minute and every penny you spend on it.
I love the characters in Terry Pratchett's books, Lady Sybil is wonderful - I imagine her like a ship in full sail, although each of the Discworld novels follow on from eachother, they are equally brilliant as 'stand alone' stories. I do feel strongly that Terry Pratchett is a brilliant man, and that his humour is intelligent and pokes fun at the stupidities of our human race!
"Good, but not the best of the series"
Guards! Guards! is one of the earlier discworld books and is the first time we are introduced to the City Watch making it their first in that line of books set in the discworld.
This is a fantastic story and it is well read, however the truth is that Planer is not as good at the unabridged recordings as Briggs and as a result I have lowered my score.
There is also the fact that as this is an early Guards book its just not as fleshed out as some of its sequels and as a result I cant really give it five stars because doing so would cheapen the five star novels from later on in the series.
If you love Discworld you will love this (I did), however while listening to it just remember that there is far better to come
"Warning! Do not listen in public!"
Time and time again. It always makes me laugh out loud, something always takes me by surprise.
Corporal Nobbs, disqualified from the human race for shoving... or is it Lance Constable Carrot the 6 foot dwarf, a picture of innocence, or ... there are just too many to choose from.
No, but I will do now.
Sorry don't do this - read books instead.
This is laugh out loud funny, hence my warning. Listen and enjoy.
One of Terry Pratchett's disc world greats.
Well there is about 3 other books in the disc world colletion that centre's around the the night watch.
There are parts where the gap between words is too long or short where it has been cut.
any part about Knobby knobs.
Read all the disc world colletion.
I liked narrator, although I think he reads little bit to fast. English is my 2nd language and I had trouble to keep up sometimes. Other thing, there's a lot of glitches in audiobook. I know this book good enough to notice missing parts. Usually it's just few lines. It doesn't change sense of book but it is disappointing.
"Great, enjoyable, fantastic, wonderful etc. etc..."
This has always been one of my favourite books by a true knight in literary armour, it's read well by Nigel Planer however I prefer Stephen Briggs as a narrator. That personal preference said, Nigel's portrayal of characters and voices adds something different to them and I believe that that is what the disc is all about, as everyone gives their own interpretation to the characters we all love, my grandmother's voice to me is Sibyl and no-one can dissuade me of that. An enjoyable book to read and listen to for the young, old, families and curious audiences.
Couldn't have asked for more in my first audible book. Can't wait for the next one.
"Mixed feelings about revisiting an oldie"
Firstly I have to disclose that I have been a huge fan of Terry Pratchett for thirty years and that will influence the way I experience these audiobooks. I first read Guards! Guards! when it was released in 1989 and in the subsequent years the Sam Vimes/City Guard stories have been my favourite of the Discworld sub-groups.
Largely because of that quantity of baggage, I have mixed feelings about this audiobook. As a standalone experience for someone who hasn't read or heard that later Discworld stories, Guards! Guards! is a lot of fun. The nascent characters are not yet fully formed but very interesting nonetheless in the case of Carrot and Vimes and the storyline stands up well. For all that, though, the book does suffer from the excessive silliness of early Pratchett and Vimes and Vetenari in particular are a long way from being the more rounded and interesting characters of later novels.
The other thing that my long relationship with these characters hugely affects is the way I feel about the narration. Objective Nigel Planer does a perfectly reasonable job but I have never thought of Colon as Irish (he has always had a West Country accent in my mind) and I felt his Vimes seemed too nasal and a bit dim sounding. On the other hand he nailed Vetenari and Carrot so fair's fair I guess.
All in all, this is really good introduction to the best of Pratchett's creations - Sam Vimes and the City Watch - but the books get better and I am sure the audiobooks will too.
"Ideal listening whilst on night shifts"
Very enjoyable listening. Nigel Planner captures the essence of Vimes and Co perfectly. I look forward to Men at Arms next
"Smart, funny, craziness"
The just made me smile every time I hit play. It's a wonderful adventure, compelling mystery and a hugely funny tale.
The story picks up many fantasy tropes and puts a new, usually comedic spin on them. It does this in a wonderfully self aware way that makes the whole thing even funnier. Half of it feels like a huge fantasy in-joke which just lets you grin with self satisfaction that you get it. Because everyone wants to get an Terry Pratchett in-joke, it feels like getting a personal wink from the master himself.
Oh, and the characters, the characters! The are just so wonderful you want to hug all of them, just pull them all together for a big happy group hug. I lost count of the number of times I thought "I know someone JUST like that!!". Pratchett just got people so well. Endearing would be a good word for the characters in this book.
Thank you Terry Pratchett for leaving me with so many reasons to smile like a crazy person while walking down the street.
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