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 latest edition in the discworld series is a must read for all fans. While not the best of Pratchett's work, it is certainly an entertaining read. Continuing the Moist von Lipwig characters from Going Postal, the author turns the unique von Lipwig loose on the Royal Bank and the money system. While not as humorous or as original as the post office book - which should be read before this book - the story of the new Bank Master is still a delight. The plot is more predictable as the characters are already fleshed out from Going Postal and a veteran of the series can see where the book is headed quite quickly. Nevertheless, Pratchett's unique sense of humor and social commentary makes you want to get to the end while also dreading the termination of the tale. For those of you seeking to relish every minute of the recording be prepared for the fact that the last two minutes or so of "the book" are really a public service announcement for getting kids to listen to audiobooks. Alas, not one written by Terry Pratchett.
Not the best of Pratchett's books, but it will not disappoint.
Like all Discworld books, this is a terrific read, entertaining and funny and at the same time, great at relating a lot of fundamentally true things. If you're a banking and economics fan, you'll particularly enjoy this one.
The reader is excellent, too.
Thou I am only about a half dozen books into the Disc "World" ( All by the way good listens) I have to say I was very happy to hear more about Mr. Moist VanLipwig. This was a very fast pased and funny story. With more twist and Toppsy Turvy moments than I had hope. Thank you Miss. Pratchett and Audible for the laughs in my day.
Pratchett plays with words the way a bird plays with the air, it is a pleasure to watch. And all the while he is spinning ideas as effortlessly as soaring. This is the 30th, or so, Discworld novel, and rather than getting tired, he just keeps getting better. The only bad thing I can say about Pratchett is that he spoils you for reading anything else. Listen at your peril.
Pratchett does it again. Every bit as humorous and satisfying as the preceding books in the series. So why 4 stars? If you're starting with this book, I recommend against it. Every prior Discworld book I've read could stand on it's own with pride. This one needs Going Postal as a progenitor.
Does this make it bad? No, it was marvelous! Does it achieve the Buddha-like literary enlightenment that its forbearers did? Only almost. I’ve been hemming and hawing about the rating since I started this review. Audible, can you tweak my vote to 4.5?
For those of you new to Discworld, do yourselves a service and start at the beginning and work your way up. Audible has about 2 years of material (if you’re on the platinum account), and I’ve yet to be disappointed by one of his works.
Pratchett seems to write really good stuff and great stuff, but I'm going to classify this one as excellent! He does all of the little things right.
Stephen Briggs is a one-man show, with voices for everyone. Given that the book features new characters and pulls in the existing City Watch characters, this is pretty stellar. The characters are distinct and colorful and the reading is smooth and engaging. Can't ask for much more.
Terry Pratchett is one of my most favorite authors. I have bought everything he has written(hardcopy, audio book, or both) and was excited to have a new book available. But Making Money was a disappointment - it felt like Pratchett used a formula to recycle Going Postal. Usually when he writes a new book about a character from a previous book, he moves the character forward with a very different story. That wasn't the case this time. sigh.
This book is still worth having, but it's definitely NOT the place to start reading Pratchett.
I would like to tell you everything that’s good about this book, but I wouldn’t want to deprive you the joy of absorbing this fine audio book for your self. Terry Pratchett's humor comes alive in this latest disk-world story. Enjoy, in know I did.
This is such a great Terry Pratchett book. if you are a fan you will not be disappointed, if you are new to the Pratchett universe go back and get"Going Postal" so that you will understand the lead character. This book is so funny. get the book, sit back and be entertained.
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