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Jingo: Discworld, Book 21 | [Terry Pratchett]

Jingo: Discworld, Book 21

A weathercock has risen from the sea of Discworld, and suddenly you can tell which way the wind is blowing. As two armies march, Commander Vimes of Ankh-Morpork City Watch has got just a few hours to deal with a crime so big that there's no law against it. It's called "war"....
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Publisher's Summary

A weathercock has risen from the sea of Discworld, and suddenly you can tell which way the wind is blowing.

A new land has surfaced, and so have old feuds. And as two armies march, Commander Vimes of Ankh-Morpork City Watch has got just a few hours to deal with a crime so big that there's no law against it. It's called "war".

He's facing unpleasant foes that are out to get him...and that's just the people on his side.

The world's cleverest inventor and its most devious politician are on their way to the battlefield with a little package that's guaranteed to stop a battle...

Discworld goes to war...

This is the 21st volume in the Discworld series.

Browse more novels of Discworld.

©1997 Terry and Lyn Pratchett; (P)2000 Isis Publishing Ltd.

What the Critics Say

"Nigel Planer is a stunning narrator in these stories, delivering a wide range of voices and styles while remaining wonderfully energetic and consistent." (Library Journal)
"Anyone who doesn't mind laughing themselves silly at the idiocy of people in general and governments in particular will enjoy Jingo." (Amazon.com)

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    Aye-Htun San Jose, CA, United States 03-20-14
    Aye-Htun San Jose, CA, United States 03-20-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A true Pratchett classic"
    Would you listen to Jingo again? Why?

    One of the funniest Pratchett stories. Had me rolling with laughter at times.


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

    I prefer Stephen Bigget's narrative but Nigel definitely performed with flying colour in Jingo.


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    Antoniya Australia 10-18-13
    Antoniya Australia 10-18-13
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    "Yet another great story by Pratchet"
    Would you listen to Jingo again? Why?

    I've already listened to it twice and will repeat in few months time for sure.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Captain Carrot. He is always so diligent.


    What about Nigel Planer’s performance did you like?

    The way he impersonates every single character


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "If the enemy has an impenetrable stronghold, see he stays there"


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Terranora, Australia 07-30-12
    Robert Terranora, Australia 07-30-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Solid performance"
    Would you be willing to try another book from Terry Pratchett? Why or why not?

    Yes, I love Terry Pratchett's stories.


    Any additional comments?

    This was another good story by Pratchett. Not my favourite, but a solid performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 02-09-12
    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 02-09-12 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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    "The master of satire and parody at his best"

    Terry Pratchett's satire is sharp, witty and so spot on in ???Jingo.??? You might only realise afterwards that you are laughing at yourself. Pratchett???s commentary on the West???s Near Eastern phobia is absolutely valid.

    When a war brews between Ankh-Morpork and Klatsch, commander Samuel Vimes of the still unconvincing but multi-racial and rehabilitated City Watch can be depended on to save the day. With dependable seasoned coppers such as Sergeant Fred Colon and Corporal Nobby Nobbs at the patrician, Havelock Vetinari's side, what can go wrong? With foes like 71 hour Achmed, what cannot? With Captain Carrot Ironfoundersson what can happen?

    I enjoyed this Discworld novel tremendously. It doesn???t just make fun of our fears, but also challenges the listener to re-evaluate his/her prejudice. This is undoubtedly the strong point of ???Jingo.???

    Nigel Planer's interpretive reading is not only excellent, but classic and easy to listen to.

    If there is one thing that did hinder a bit, it is the fact that you could hear at times that this recording was taken from audio cassette and switched to digital format. At one place you actually heard the words ???The end of side 14.??? But the little hindrance had more to do that I often had to adjust the volume of my headset to adjust to the sound.

    Let the above criticism not make you reluctant to buy this Discworld novel. It???s the master of satire and parody at his best! You???ll get laughs for your money and food for the soul.

    Enjoy it!

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    Donna 12-18-09
    Donna 12-18-09
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    "Jingo, not just for Terry Pratchett fans"

    Wonderful story, funny, entertaining, I highly recommend it. The narration is superb. The hours flew by listening to this tale.

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    05-22-10
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    "Trolls are Scottish???"

    NO! No-no-no-no-NO! This simply won't do, Trolls are Scottish half the time and just plain confused the rest of the time, Angua sounds like a 6'4" male body builder recovering from a head cold, which she apparently caught from Sam Vimes judging by his voice (at least up to half way through the book before it finally developed), and lady Sybil makes me think of a portly matron with nothing but cotton wool between her ears. Sorry but if it wasn't for the storyline I'd plain give up listening all together. Nigel Planer doesn't seem to develop any characters before performing, instead just experiments along the way, changing tempo, tone and even accents along the way. I'm sorry but there other Terry Pratchett narrators that bring the story to life with such natural passion and brilliance of characters that in comparison makes me want to find Nigel Planer, fly there, and demand a refund!

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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  • Val Pope
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    7/20/10
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    "How do you get a donkey up a minaret?"

    If you love the Patrician (and I do) you will love the donkey bit of this ridiculous, but wonderful story of Samuel Vimes's trials at war in the desert. All your favourite Ankh Morporkian characters go to war. Nobby discovers his female side,Leonard de Quirm invents a submarine, Colon is........Colon.........and all ends happily, after a fashion. And if you ever have to get a donkey up (and down) a minaret, then the answer is here, too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ragen
    Salisbury, United Kingdom
    2/2/08
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    "Good, but not my favourate Terry Pratchett book"

    I enjoyed this book, like all of TP's discworld books, but this one wasn't quite as good as some of the others.
    Nigel Planer is a good narrator but again I prefer Stephen Briggs and Tony Robinson when listening to TP.
    Overall, it's a good listen, so please don't let my opinion put you off; if you like Discworld books you'll like this one as well.

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    FARINGDON, United Kingdom
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    "Terry never fails to deliver a fantastic story"
    What did you like most about Jingo?

    The humour and twists and turns. Always taking you to a new place in his imagination.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That constant urge to get back to the story when you had time to enjoy it. The colourful characters, fantastic humour and brilliant twists and a nod to I am guessing, De Vinci


    Which character – as performed by Nigel Planer – was your favourite?

    Vimes - of course!


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

    Laugh out loud moments


    Any additional comments?

    Cant get enough of Terry's books

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
    4/27/15
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    "At last the real Vimes emerges"

    After rehashing the same story three times (Guards! Guards!; Men at Arms; Feet of Clay) with his first three City Watch books, Pratchett finally realised that taking Sam Vimes out of Ankh Morpork and straightforward crime capers was the key to realising his potential as a comic character but also as the voice of the author.

    Jingo includes plenty of patent Pratchett silliness and word play but it is the first of the Vimes novels (and they become Vimes vehicles not Watch vehicles hereafter) that really brings Pratchett's finest character to life. From hereon it is obvious that Vimes is the character that best expresses the author's real views and frustrations and that makes him the most human, complex and interesting character in the whole Discworld (only rivalled by Granny Weatherwax).

    Jingo itself is a fairly straightforward critique of war and the silliness of blind patriotism but where it works best is with its understanding of how real people think and act. In addition to that it is plain great fun. On revisiting the Discworld canon it is clear that this is where Vimes really came of age and that makes it a wonderful moment for fans of Terry Pratchett's work.

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  • Natalia
    Southampton, United Kingdom
    4/18/15
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    "Excellent"

    One of the best Vimes stories. Engaging and funny. Have been reading it over and over and every time discovering some new detail.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucy Angela Bracegirdle
    4/14/15
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    "all good except one glitch"

    one glitch. it says "side 14" in the middle of a sentence, like someone didn't quite clip the ends off the tape.

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  • ksg301
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    3/10/15
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    "Why hasn't Stephen Briggs done more audio books?"

    Absolutely loved the story but I'm very sorry to say that Nigel isn't a patch on Stephen Briggs!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Meg
    Hull, United Kingdom
    3/6/15
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    "By jingo it's good"

    As always very entertaining, good plot, brilliant characters, love it always, my very favourite terry pratchet , well done on jingo

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brett Manning
    12/12/14
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    "Great listen!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Jingo to be better than the print version?

    Print or audio book this is really entertaining but listening to it while travelling through an airport made life better!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Terry's whit is always great but this book was really very entertaining. The good hearted cynicism really hits the spot!


    Which character – as performed by Nigel Planer – was your favourite?

    How can you not enjoy Sam Vimes in this book? As always he is a victim of his own success and Nigel's performance really gets across Sam's life view.


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

    Why fight a battle when you can arrest both sides?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marianne
    12/11/14
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    "Great book and reader"

    the Disc World books are great and Nigel Planet really brings them to live with his reading. I've now listened to the whole series a couple of times and each time I've got more or of it and seen links between the stories and additional references to various parts of real life and myths and legends that I missed first time. I really recommend all the books but the ones with the Ankh Morpork Watch are my favourites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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