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)
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.
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The only thing I didn't care for in the narration was Briggs's delivery of Adorabelle's lines. He chose to give her an Irish accent, but all her lines came out flat and absent of inflection.
More adventures of Moist the postmaster and his "benefactor" the Patrician. A golum or two show up as well along a wee doggie. Fun & mystery will Moist be able to pull the caper or lose his head?
What the heck was up with that weird music that randomly played during the book?! It was dreadfully out of date, reminding me of my super Nintendo games from way back when. It was also very annoying. I hate when they play music in the books, it cheapens the experience in my opinion.
This was a great story. It is technically a sequel of Going Postal. I haven't read (or listened) to it but I have seen the made for TV version which was good. It helps to know what happened in the past novel, but I imagine you could jump right in if you wanted to. It always amazes me how Terry Pratchett takes a fairly boring topic (moving to paper currency) and makes an interesting story out of it. However, the stand out thing for me was the great narration. Stephen Briggs managed to really personalize all of his characters. It was always really easy to tell who was talking. He even did a good job with the female voices...they weren't pretty but they were noticeably women.
Avid reader. Baker. Musician. Did I say avid reader?
Brilliantly, wickedly funny
Stephen Briggs is an absolutely fabulous reader, and perfect for the Terry Pratchett books
Funny, imagnative, creative
Oh when all the plot lines come together.
Stephen Briggs has built a community of characters that I instantly recognized and enjoy amoung the many Diskworld volumes. He brings the series to life.
I had to many chuckles to hone in on any single one.
I just love these books they speed on by and make my long drives often not long enough! The talent of both writer and reader are at the top of my list.
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