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Guards! Guards!: Discworld, Book 8 | [Terry Pratchett]

Guards! Guards!: Discworld, Book 8

If you find yourself ruminating on questions like "Where have all the dragons gone?" then this is the story for you. Explore the crazy, creepy land called Discworld, where you'll discover that the dragons aren't asleep or dead - they're dormant, packed in like huge, scaly sardines. Join in the search for the key to their closed-in, comatose world in this eighth fantastical Discworld novel.
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If you find yourself ruminating on questions like "Where have all the dragons gone?" then this is the story for you. Explore the crazy, creepy land called Discworld, where you'll discover that the dragons aren't asleep or dead - they're dormant, packed in like huge, scaly sardines. Join in the search for the key to their closed-in, comatose world in this eighth fantastical Discworld novel.

©1989 Terry and Lyn Pratchett; (P)1995 ISIS Publishing Ltd

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    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 12-28-09
    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 12-28-09 Member Since 2009

    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.

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    "Fantasy with flare"

    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!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Filip Rakovnik, Czech Republic 04-17-13
    Filip Rakovnik, Czech Republic 04-17-13 Listener Since 2010
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    "Best narrator I know"
    What did you love best about Guards! Guards!?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It is Pratchett, so ..... everything.


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

    The real authentic voices.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cameron 07-07-14
    Cameron 07-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Worth a credit but not money!"
    What made the experience of listening to Guards! Guards! the most enjoyable?

    The comedy involved with the writing.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Carrot, because of the things he does in the name if law, it's often hilarious


    Did Nigel Planer do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The characters sound slow and dumb for the most part a poor representation of them. Lady Sybil seems about right though.


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

    Mainly laugh


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ian 05-12-14
    Ian 05-12-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Classic Pratchett"
    What made the experience of listening to Guards! Guards! the most enjoyable?

    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.


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    Diana Rosebud, Australia 01-30-13
    Diana Rosebud, Australia 01-30-13
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    "Great read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Guards! Guards! to be better than the print version?

    Not better just different. I listen to audio books as I drive, something I would not reccomend with a print version


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sam Vimes, I just love his cynical honest view of the human condition


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The prison scene with Vetinari and the rats


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leonie 02-09-12
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    "The best narration so far in this series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ji Hui Kuala LumpurMalaysia 05-31-10
    Ji Hui Kuala LumpurMalaysia 05-31-10
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    "A great start"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Matthew
    Skipton, United Kingdom
    9/8/12
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    "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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • mollyeyre
    Leicestershire UK
    7/8/13
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    "Eminently Re-readable"

    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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr Jon Ryan
    London, United Kingdom
    12/2/13
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    "Happy listening"
    Where does Guards! Guards! rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of Terry Pratchett's disc world greats.


    What other book might you compare Guards! Guards! to, and why?

    Well there is about 3 other books in the disc world colletion that centre's around the the night watch.


    What aspect of Nigel Planer’s performance might you have changed?

    There are parts where the gap between words is too long or short where it has been cut.


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

    any part about Knobby knobs.


    Any additional comments?

    Read all the disc world colletion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • MR
    7/8/14
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    "Brings the Book to Life!"
    Where does Guards! Guards! rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    'Guards! Guards!' is one of the best audiobooks I've experienced. The narration is second to none, perfectly capturing the combination of cynical satire and hilarity of life in Terry Pratchett's 'Discworld' tale.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    'Carrot' has to be my favourite character as his uncompromising etiquette; slightly clueless quality and unrelenting gallantry provide a perfect foil to his compatriot's complete indifference to circumstances.


    Have you listened to any of Nigel Planer’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Nigel Planer interprets the story and wordplay wonderfully. His clear enunciation and dry English humour compliment the text and bring Pratchett's world to life. Hearing how Planer portrayed the characters was in no way disappointing and it would be hard for me to read the book again without these interpretations echoing in my thoughts!


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

    I love to draw and paint whilst listening to audiobooks. With this book I found myself continually engaged and amused and I look forward to hearing more of the stories in this series.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S M A S K
    Crewe, Cheshire United Kingdom
    5/22/14
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    "Warning! Do not listen in public!"
    Would you listen to Guards! Guards! again? Why?

    Time and time again. It always makes me laugh out loud, something always takes me by surprise.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Nigel Planer’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No, but I will do now.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Sorry don't do this - read books instead.


    Any additional comments?

    This is laugh out loud funny, hence my warning. Listen and enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew Millar
    Carterton, United Kingdom
    12/11/13
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    "Just as good the second time around"
    What made the experience of listening to Guards! Guards! the most enjoyable?

    TPs humour just flows through this book making me laugh out loud on several occasions and bringing stares from all and sundry. Having read the book and listened to this back in 2000 when I got the audio as a freebie with a PC Mag I wasn't sure it would have the same impact but it did and hasn't aged over the years.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters are superb and really bring it to life. NPs narration also adds to the enjoyment of the story with his portrayal of the individuals and his overall performance helping with the humour.


    What does Nigel Planer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    His subtle voices for each character and his tone just brings out the humour of the book but also adds that extra level of enjoyment that a good book gives to you.


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

    I don't buy my books to listen to in one sitting as I tend to use them to pass the time in long journeys in the car. However when I listened to this back in 2000 I did just this as the storytelling and humour kept me engaged and only stopped to grab some food.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah A. Smoot
    London, UK
    12/8/13
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    "Hilarity and Dragons!"
    Would you listen to Guards! Guards! again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to Guards! Guards! again. The performance was fantastic, I really enjoyed listening to all of the different character voices. This is one of my favourite Discworld books, and features my favourite character: The Librarian. I also really enjoy the premise of the character of Carrot- everything about him cracks me up!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favourite character in this story is Carrot. I really love the idea that he was raised by dwarfs without ever realizing that he wasn't also a dwarf. He makes the best straight man ever, as he really doesn't get sarcasm or any kind of figurative language. Good stuff!


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I enjoyed the scene near the beginning of the story where Carrot is gifted a jockey strap. It's so wonderfully awkward!


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

    I listen to books when I am on the train to and from work, so I know going into it that it'll be split up in hour chunks or so. I did usually feel that I could happily keep listening though.


    Any additional comments?

    I also like the description and explanation of Swamp Dragons in the book. Very creative and funny!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss L. C. Hirst
    Northampton, England
    10/14/13
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    "Great to hear the voice of my favourite characters"
    What made the experience of listening to Guards! Guards! the most enjoyable?

    I was able to listen whilst at the gym.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I'm loving Terry Prachett's stories based around The Watch. Love Captain Vimes and thought I'd start from the beginning having read a couple of the later stories.


    Have you listened to any of Nigel Planer’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Captain Vimes to the rescue!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crackdown
    Knighton, United Kingdom
    10/3/13
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    "The first book for The City Watch"

    This was the first book in the Discworld series to introduce us to The City Watch and especially Sam Vines, Carrot et al ... The only thing that I found not quite as good was the narration, having already listened to Stephen Briggs I decided that I preferred him to Nigel Planer, but that comes down to personal preference.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Birmingham
    9/8/13
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    "Where did the dragons go?"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Guards! Guards! to be better than the print version?

    You can relax and let the pictures form with out the need to work out names. You can also draw knit or iron I would not advice driving it takes your imagination to far to allow the concentration to use a dangerous machine


    What did you like best about this story?

    It gives a good picture of what could have happened to the watch when the guilds were formed


    What three words best describe Nigel Planer’s performance?

    clear concise and compelling


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

    Some laugh out loud humor but mostly the humor arises from recognizing the reality that is being mirrored


    Any additional comments?

    Disk world observers will love it especially if the guards are of more interest than wizards and witches

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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