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Men at Arms: Discworld, Book 15 | [Terry Pratchett]

Men at Arms: Discworld, Book 15

The town of Ankh-Morpork is in big trouble, and the City Watch is desperate for a few good men to protect it. But all they've got are the dwarves Corporal Carrot and Lance-constable Cuddy; the troll Lance-constable Detritus; Lance-constable Angua, who is believed to be a woman; and, worst of all, Corporal Nobbs, who has been disqualified from the human race for shoving! These underdogs need all the help they can get, for they've been given only 24 hours to clean up the war-torn town.
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The town of Ankh-Morpork is in big trouble, and the City Watch is desperate for a few good men to protect it. But all they've got are the dwarves Corporal Carrot and Lance-constable Cuddy; the troll Lance-constable Detritus; Lance-constable Angua, who is believed to be a woman; and, worst of all, Corporal Nobbs, who has been disqualified from the human race for shoving!

These underdogs need all the help they can get, for they've been given only 24 hours to clean up the war-torn town.

(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1996; Copyright © Terry and Lyn Pratchett, 1993; Cover Illustration © Josh Kirby

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    Christian Christchurch, New Zealand 12-11-12
    Christian Christchurch, New Zealand 12-11-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Great Story - Terrible Production!"

    For the Pratchett fan - especially the City Watch books - this is another great story. It's the second Nigel Planer narration I've heard and I'm just not a huge fan. He's fine, but he's not Stephen Briggs and he has a tendency to voice many of his characters in a way that makes them sound a bit slow and dim witted.

    I must endorse the comments of a previous reviewer that the production quality is truly awful - terrible sound quality and frequent jump cuts / continuity errors. It's bad enough I think Audible should clean it up or put it on permanent deep discount.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Asmus Neergaard Greve, Denmark 12-12-13
    Asmus Neergaard Greve, Denmark 12-12-13 Member Since 2011

    Asmus Neergaard

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    "Fantastic story and audio problems"
    If you could sum up Men at Arms in three words, what would they be?

    Fun Intelligent Hilarious


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cmd. Vimes


    What didn’t you like about Nigel Planer’s performance?

    While Nigel Planer's normal narrator voice is quite alright, I honestly don't like the voices he gives the different characters. They more or less sound nasal and slightly stupid all of them, save for a few ones.
    However, his narration pales in comparison to the audio editing, which is plagued by hissing background noise and sudden variations in sound levels.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, without a doubt. But only because it's a Terry Pratchett story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Siri Tromsø, Norway 10-29-13
    Siri Tromsø, Norway 10-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "This is one of my favourite books"

    The book is lovely, Sam is a big man in my life after hearing about him. The watch is a place I would love to work if I had bin on Discworld.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Neal Richmond Canada 11-07-13
    Neal Richmond Canada 11-07-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great continuation of Pratchett's Guards novles"
    What did you love best about Men at Arms?

    The light, often witty, humour that helps breakup the serious tone typically present in the novels i enjoy.


    What other book might you compare Men at Arms to and why?

    Pratchett's other books, particularly those following the Guards.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narration was entertaining, however the quality of recording was very poor. Some transitions appeared to be much too long, while others overlapped. Also at certain points it sounded as if sections had been recorded either at a much greater distance and/or with a different mic. Regardless of the actual cause, the effect was very jarring.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Larry Singapore, Singapore 09-09-13
    Larry Singapore, Singapore 09-09-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Beware! Dreadful Sound Quality!"
    Any additional comments?

    Buyer beware! This is not a criticism of the novel or the reader. It is the sound quality. The sound quality of this audiobook is dreadful. The sound is muffled, with constant background hissing and clicks. This must be the worst sound quality among all the books that I've purchased from Audible over the years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 04-04-13
    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 04-04-13 Member Since 2009

    When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.

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    "2nd Ankh-Morpork City Watch novel - UNABRIDGED"

    Who is the real heir to the throne of Ankh-Morpork? Who has the power? This book is probably the most important of the Discworld books concerning the City Watch. While investigating the corruptive power of authority as well as the difference between real power and misguided power, Pratchett resurrects the old Ankh-Morpork Watch by helping Captain Sam Vimes to find his feet as chief-in-charge of this most-famous city's law-enforcement machine.

    I enjoyed this story tremendously and heartily recommends it.

    Nigel Planer did an outstanding job in reading it.

    Be warned however, that the Planer-recordings seem all to be dubbed from tape format to digital format. At times the quality of the recording might not be completely what you might come to expect (especially in terms of variation in volume.) Yet, to me this was not a serious distraction.

    I heartily recommend patrolling the streets - and sewers - of Ankh-Morpork with Captain Samuel Vimes and the City Watch. Just watch out for any "gonne" or you might be gone.

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    Jonathan ILFORD, United Kingdom 09-10-12
    Jonathan ILFORD, United Kingdom 09-10-12
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    "brilliant story"

    The story is brilliant. Nigel Planer does a good job, however the production of the audiobook is rubbish. The cover art is incorrect too

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kent Karlskrona, Sweden 09-03-12
    Kent Karlskrona, Sweden 09-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    "One of Pratchetts best."
    What made the experience of listening to Men at Arms the most enjoyable?

    Nigel Planer does a good job of bringing the characters to life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Captain Vimes. He is nearly everyones favourite.


    What does Nigel Planer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The deep bass of Deaths voice among other things.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. simply due to it being 10 hours(!) long.


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone interested in starting to read Terry Pratchetts Discworld series should probably start with the previous city watch book: Guards Guards!
    There is nothing about this book that cannot be enjoyed on its own but most prefer to follow the characters chronologically.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Elizabeth
    Manly, Australia
    6/2/09
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    "An excellent reading of a very good book"

    Listening to this rekindled all my love for the early days of the Watch and the guards. Although he's my favourite character, I rather like the fact that Vimes is off-stage for much of the time during this story, because it gives the rest of Pratchett's wonderful characters a chance to shine: Carrot and Angua, of course, but also Gaspode, Detritus, Cuddy, Nobby, Vetinari and even Colon.

    Nigel Planer's reading is evocative and at times hilarious - he knows when to let the jokes speak for themselves and when to step up with a different voice.

    I've read all the Discworld books, but this was the first one I'd listened to as an audiobook. I wasn't convinced I would enjoy the experience, but I'm now a complete convert.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Tron
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    4/24/12
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    "Get a casette instead"

    Don't get this, it sounds so bad; unless you like continual hiss of course. Exelent novel but this audible transfer is unbelivably bad and sounds like a casette you'd pay £1 for at a jumble sale and still feel hard done by. I can't believe audible feel this product is on a par with their other products.

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  • Just sam
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    "Disgraceful quality"

    I love this book and am a huge fan of "The Watch" branch of Pratchett. The story is great but the audio quality is horrendous, i am willing to put up with the odd foible in a 10 hour audiobook but this was ridiculous. There is a constant hiss, and whole sections of the book sound as if they are being read underwater.

    I spoke to audible about it and they asked for specific time codes of when it happens. I provided some of these but pointed out that anyone listening to it for five minutes would know it is poor quality. They have yet to give a formal response other than it could take some time. Very disappointing as this is one of my favorite Vimes books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    Skipton, United Kingdom
    9/8/12
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    "Good book, same about the quality"

    Considering just how popular these books are, and how any new one in the series is instantly on best seller chart of this website its a shame that the early books havent had a touch up to be honest.

    The quality here is poor, the book is great, but overall you cant say that this is a well constucted book.

    Planer does an ok job (however some of his accents are way off, Colon been the best example) and if like me you downloaded one of the later books first you will instantly compare him to Briggs and rerally there is not much to say about that other than Briggs wins hands down

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    WORCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS, United States
    5/11/12
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    "Great story, shame about the audio quality"

    The story is a classic Pratchett discworld story. It's the second in the guards series and very enjoyable.

    Unfortunately the audio quality of this recording is fairly low quality. It sounds as though someone put a heavily used tape recording in to a tape player then connected that to a computer with a poor quality cable and hit play and record at the same time.

    Some sections are better than others, on occasion the Nigel Planer's voice drops almost to a background level, other times it's still there at the forefront but there's still background static.

    Nigel Planer does a good job with the work, however I'm not convinced about some of the voices he's come up with and one or two of the more intelligent characters come off sounding as thick as two short planks.

    If you're an audiophile then this probably isn't for you, if you're sat in a loud car on your commute to work then just crank the volume up a bit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • martin corey
    5/16/11
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    "Poor quality"

    The transitions are inconsistent and seems to spend more pause between lines than it does between scenes, and the volume changes dramatically. The qualitiy of voices leaves a lot to be desired. Overall, there are better versions out there.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alex
    Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
    10/30/11
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    "Terrible Narration!"

    I am a huge fan of Terry Pratchett. This was one of my favourite books when I was younger and I had the abridged version on tape, brilliantly read by Tony Robinson, which I listened to over and over again. Managed to get 40 mins into the story in this version, not really enjoying it because of the poor choice in accents for the characters. Then however, Angua came into the story and I just couldn't listen any further. Planer gave her the voice of a stupid, dull man that might have just been passable for Nobby, but is just ridiculous for Angua, who is supposed to be clever, interesting and female. Planer just doesn't understand the personalities of any of the characters. I definitely won't buy another book narrated by Planer, I didn't think it was possible to make me not enjoy the discworld but he managed it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Unlucky fried Kitten
    England not the bloody UK
    3/6/14
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    "Great book very bad proformance"
    What didn’t you like about Nigel Planer’s performance?

    Planer's voice is a sullen drone that had very little change in pitch or speed. If you want something to send you to sleep then this is the book to do it. If Briggs did this book I would have enjoyed it a lot more and would buy it again. Briggs and Pratchett are a great team. Thank heavens Briggs does all the new books.


    Was Men at Arms worth the listening time?

    The book is very good but I will not be buying any more recordings by Planer.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chloe
    Coventry UK
    12/7/13
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    "My Favourite Discworld Novel"

    Let's get this straight, I'm a massive Discworld fan and have been since the early nineties with my first introduction to the Disc in the form of Hogfather.

    A few novels down the line and I picked up Men at Arms, my first foray into The City Watch arc of novels (I didn't read Guards! Guards!, the first in this sub-series, until some time later). It was with Men at Arms that I became hooked and proceeded to buy every further Discworld novel on publication. It was the novel that I lent to friends in the hope that they too would become addicted. It is the novel that I have had to buy three times since because it was never returned. It has been read and re-read more times than I could count.

    Of course, I had to buy the audio version of this novel when I joined Audible, and have gone into double figures of repeat listenings now. All the best characters are here - Vimes, Carrot, Vetinari, Leonard da Quirm, Angua, Colon, Nobby, Detritus. The theft of the mechanical yet mystical Gonne (which deserves its capital letter) and the subsequent carnage leads to murder, mystery and of course mayhem, Ankh-Morpork style. Meanwhile Vimes tries to come to terms with the terrible prospect of retirement, the earth moves for Captain Carrot, the watch undertakes a species-friendly recruitment drive, and people begin to suspect that the King has returned. Lots going on, and all of it written with the sharp wit and acute observations of Pratchett at his best.

    I admit that my favourite Discworld narrator is Stephen Briggs, but Planer does a decent job here, even if I'm not sure about some of his character accents.

    If you have never read a Discworld novel before, buy this one, you won't regret it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • l
    United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Couldn't stop listening."

    This is the second book in the Discworld series which centres around the Night watch and it is probably my favourite. Both characters and storyline so engaging I couldn't stop listening! For any fans of Discworld and especially the Watch, this is a must read/listen, developing the characters already known (in particular Carrot) thus giving the grounding for subsequent books in the series.

    Nigel Planer reads superbly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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