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
Nigel Planer does a good job of bringing the characters to life.
Captain Vimes. He is nearly everyones favourite.
The deep bass of Deaths voice among other things.
No. simply due to it being 10 hours(!) long.
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.
great lisening. great story sets up the other stores really well and makes you interested in all the characters.
"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!
"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.
"Discworld - 21st Century style"
Pratchetts books have always been enjoyable, but this is the first time I have listened via Kindle. It is a whole new experience, and I loved it!
"Love the book - shame about the sound quality"
I love the Terry Pratchett Discworld novels and have several as audible downloads, but I was really disappointed with the sound quality on this one. Whilst it's fine for some sections, others sound like they're a bad transfer from a much loved and well worn cassette tape - foggy, hissy, and needing turning up so you can hear (but then get massively annoyed at the background noise). Not what I've come to expect at all.
I should've paid more attention to the reviews - but I wanted the next book in the Watch series and went straight for it without thinking. Big disappointment.
PS Planer is good, but not as good as Briggs, and some of the voices are way off *cough*Angua*cough*
Brilliant Pratchett novel but I am a fan, I really enjoyed listening to the start of Vime's adventures
Having previously bought all the Terry Prachett's read by Stephen Briggs, I thought I would try those read by Nigel Planner. I was sadly disappointed by the comparison, Planner is not a patch on Briggs, the characters have little or no life and the humour seems flat.
I can only hope that at some time in the future all these will be re-recorded by Briggs.
"Great story and narration"
Towards the top.
Carrot - as brilliantly and consistently portrayed as in 'Guards! Guards!'.
I had a good chuckle at several points - witty writing deftly delivered.
"It's Already Funny..."
...using funny voices doesn't make it better. The reader has used different accents to differentiate between characters, which means that Cuddy, for some reason, is South African, Gaspode is apparently from Yorkshire and Angua just sounds a bit thick. I've loved Terry Pratchett since I was a child and this reading adds nothing except chronic low-grade irritation.
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