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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 2013

    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!

    5 of 6 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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    Troy 04-16-15
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    "Brilliant"

    So funny.. Laughed out loud many many times while listening to this witty and imaginative piece of art.

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    MJM 03-10-15
    MJM 03-10-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Another great story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Guards! Guards! to be better than the print version?

    Yes and no, I have both forms. Audio when I'm out and about. Book when at home. Both forms still make me laugh.


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

    All other Vimes's books/audio. Love them all.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Prefer Briggs to Planer, his narrative is more lively.


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

    When I received this I wanted to listen all in one hit but just wasn't able to.


    0 of 0 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.

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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.


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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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  • mollyeyre
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    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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
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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
  • SMASK
    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.

    1 of 1 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
  • Tiatto
    3/22/15
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    "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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alathia
    3/15/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • JJYL
    2/8/15
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    "brilliant"

    usual discworld brilliance. very well rad by Niger planer also. will definitely get another next month

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucy Angela Bracegirdle
    1/16/15
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    "very good voice acting."

    a few gaps between chapters seemed a bit too long. otherwise it was very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Claire
    cheshire, United Kingdom
    1/13/15
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    "Pratchett at his best"

    A must for all Terry Pratchett fans.
    Captin Vines, Carrot and Nobby Nobbs fight the new king, with the help of their pet swamp dragon, Erol.
    fabulous narration by Nigel Planer.
    I'm sure I'll return to this audio book, as I was sad to hear it end

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paula Batchelor
    1/10/15
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    "great book"

    just a great book. what a fun and intresting
    great start to this set of stories

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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