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Making Money: Discworld #36 Audiobook

Making Money: Discworld #36

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Publisher's Summary

The Ankh-Morpork Post Office is running like...well, not at all like a government office. The mail is delivered promptly; meetings start and end on time; five out of six letters relegated to the Blind Letter Office ultimately wend their way to the correct addresses. Postmaster General Moist von Lipwig, former arch-swindler and confidence man, has exceeded all expectations: including his own. So it's somewhat disconcerting when Lord Vetinari summons Moist to the palace and asks, "Tell me, Mr. Lipwig, would you like to make some real money?"

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.

What the Critics Say

  • Locus Award, Best Fantasy Novel, 2008

"An educational and entertaining mirror of human squabbles and flaws." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Luke von Rose 02-14-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Less than going postal"

    while the humor was still there, the story line was far less thought out than the previous book.
    Fun listening, but not great.

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    Claire 01-03-16
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    "Always fun but lacking."
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Stephanie L. Thompson 11-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "More of Moist!"

    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.

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    Jenny 09-20-15
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    "Awesome!"

    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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    Julia 09-02-15
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    "Sir Terry, always superb... deeply missed!"

    Stephen Briggs is, as ever, fabulous reading Pratchett! Would love to hear his narration of all the older Pratchett books!

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    Allison R. Kaserman 08-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Another marvelous reading!"

    Stephen Briggs is fantastic, and Terry Pratchett is an outstanding creator. I can't decide who my favorite character is in his Moist von Lipwig stories, but I sure as hell love the lot of them. Briggs' timing and accent give just the right touch to these stories, and the stories themselves keep me listening every chance I can find. I think I've found a new author to collect! Looking forward to the next one!

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    sam 06-04-15
    sam 06-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "city life"

    the patrician is at it again, this time the banking structure of ankmorpork is under the knife and maybe the city a well. listen in to see what happens and what moiste, that lovable crook, will do about it.

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    D.L.Sayers DeepInTheHeartOfTexasAccidentally 05-13-15
    D.L.Sayers DeepInTheHeartOfTexasAccidentally 05-13-15 Member Since 2010

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    "one of my very favorites!"

    I'm not sure who I love more, Moist or Vimes...

    and it's got a little dog....

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    L. Stubblefield 04-11-15

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    "Listened to over and over"

    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.

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    Michael Klemzig, Australia 03-31-15
    Michael Klemzig, Australia 03-31-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Moist von bravo"

    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.

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