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)
A visit to Discworld is always a hoot, but this story feels a little phoned in. I love spending time with these characters but there isn't enough tension here to keep to keep the pages flipping.
Moist von Lipwig is a fantastic character! I loved watching him scam himself into accidentally becoming honest in Going Postal. Making Money isn't quite as good as Going Postal, but it's still a great story. I wish I could do half stars, because I think it's better than a four, but weaker than a five on story. In this book, you have a wide array of vivid Discworld characters, Terry Pratchett's signature wit-mixed-with-wisdom and his scathing social commentary disguised as mere fiction, and, beyond that, all kinds of great little details that you miss on the first reading and then catch (and chuckle over) on the next several readings. That is, I think, one of the best things about Terry Pratchett books -- you buy it once and end up reading it over and over again because there is just so much there.
In terms of the reader, you can't go wrong with Stephen Briggs. I still waver back and forth over who my favorite reader is on the Pratchett novels, but boy, Briggs is really fantastic! I love how he reads Moist -- I feel like he really intuitively understands the character almost as well as Pratchett himself (may he rest in peace). I also love the voices he gives to the other characters. The audio quality is excellent, too. No muffled noises, no echoes; in short, nothing to detract from a wonderfully enjoyable novel.
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.
Our whole family loves many of Terre Pratchett's books. This particular book makes more sense if you start with Going Postal. It is a great, family-friendly and entertaining book for us all. Although, the 8-year-old enjoys audio books more than the 3-year-old.
Steven Briggs does an AMAZING job with the narration!
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