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)
every day is a busman's honeymoon
I'm not sure who I love more, Moist or Vimes...
and it's got a little dog....
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.
I've listened to this book many times and I always find its can-do attitude refreshing and uplifting. Very well read and a solid story line, I highly recommend it.
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.
I loved the 2nd book in the Moist series with the fun relationship between him and Vetinary. The taking over of the bank and nearly everything else.
This story isn't Pratchett's best by any means, but even his "ok" stories are still a lot of fun. Briggs does a great job w the narration, per usual. Of the new characters, I particularly liked Mr. Bent's voice. If you're a Pratchett fan, get it!
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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