©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.
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.
"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
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!
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.
"Brings the Book to Life!"
'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.
'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.
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!
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.
"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.
"Just as good the second time around"
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.
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.
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.
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.
"Hilarity and Dragons!"
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!
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!
I enjoyed the scene near the beginning of the story where Carrot is gifted a jockey strap. It's so wonderfully awkward!
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.
I also like the description and explanation of Swamp Dragons in the book. Very creative and funny!
"Great to hear the voice of my favourite characters"
I was able to listen whilst at the gym.
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.
No I haven't.
Captain Vimes to the rescue!
"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.
"Where did the dragons go?"
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
It gives a good picture of what could have happened to the watch when the guilds were formed
clear concise and compelling
Some laugh out loud humor but mostly the humor arises from recognizing the reality that is being mirrored
Disk world observers will love it especially if the guards are of more interest than wizards and witches
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