Vetinari isn't talking about wages, of course. He's referring, rather, to the Royal Mint of Ankh-Morpork, a venerable institution that has run for centuries on the hereditary employment of the Men of the Sheds and their loyal outworkers, who do make money in their spare time. Unfortunately, it costs more than a penny to make a penny, so the whole process seems somewhat counterintuitive.
Next door, at the Royal Bank, the Glooper, an "analogy machine", has scientifically established that one never has quite as much money at the end of the week as one thinks one should, and the bank's chairman, one elderly Topsy (née Turvy) Lavish, keeps two loaded crossbows at her desk. Oh, and the chief clerk is probably a vampire.
But before Moist has time to fully consider Vetinari's question, fate answers it for him. Now he's not only making money, but enemies too; he's got to spring a prisoner from jail, break into his own bank vault, stop the new manager from licking his face, and, above all, find out where all the gold has gone: otherwise, his life in banking, while very exciting, is going to be really, really short.
©2007 Terry and Lyn Pratchett; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
"An educational and entertaining mirror of human squabbles and flaws." (Publishers Weekly)
this recording would have been better without the intrusiveness of the Atari like music that irregularly occurs during chapter breaks. the music sounds like the background to a video game, which jars the listener out of emersion in the story. the fact that this intrusion doesn't occur at every break, and occasionally at non-chapter, cliff- hanger moments; makes it all the more noticeable.
I really enjoyed the story and the narration was fantastic as always. The musical bumps were extremely out of place and inappropriate to the style.
The musical interlude between the "CDs" is incredibly annoying. It's bad enough on actual CDs, on a continuous media like this it's maddening.
The story and reading were excellent - if that was all I had to listen to in this audio book, I would have given it five stars in all categories. However, the music at the beginning of new chapters was awful and distracting and cost the book one star each in the Overall and Performance categories.
And this review page is glitchy in that the "optional" headline is actually required for submission of the rating.
After his overwhelming success at the Post Office, Moist von Lipwig is now encouraged (forced) by the Patrician into taking on the Royal Bank - well, he has to since he inherited the major shareholder and Chairman (Mr. Fusspot, a small dog). He (Moist) is also made the master of the mint by the Patrician. This is a fun look at the nature of money, the gold standard, paper money, economies and what money really represents in an economy. Plus there are more golems, another crazy family and an Igor. This book would probably stand on its own but I'd suggest you read Going Postal first as this is a tight continuation of the storylines started there and you'll get more of the jokes.
Terry Pratchett's dynamic Moist Von Lipwig is back and still fabulous. Briggs is dead on accurate. He is such a good narrator I have all the books he reads.
Each of TP's books is more complex and rich than the one before it, with the familiar characters, elaborately developed in previous stories, coming on to the stage exactly where they are needed, to do their sctick in such away as to move the current tale exactly where it needs to go.
Man, if I could write like this I would't be sitting here.
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