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Monstrous Regiment: Discworld #31 | [Terry Pratchett]

Monstrous Regiment: Discworld #31

War has come to Discworld...again. And, to no one's great surprise, the conflict centers around the small, insufferably arrogant, strictly fundamentalist duchy of Borogravia, which has long prided itself on its ability to beat up on its neighbors. This time, however, it's Borogravia that's getting its long-overdue comeuppance, which has left the country severely drained of young men.
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War has come to Discworld...again. And, to no one's great surprise, the conflict centers around the small, insufferably arrogant, strictly fundamentalist duchy of Borogravia, which has long prided itself on its ability to beat up on its neighbors. This time, however, it's Borogravia that's getting its long-overdue comeuppance, which has left the country severely drained of young men.

Ever since her brother Paul marched off to battle a year ago, Polly Perks has been running The Duchess, her family's inn, even though the revered national deity, Nuggan, has decreed that female ownership of a business is an Abomination. To keep The Duchess in the family, Polly must find her missing sibling. So she cuts off her hair, dons masculine garb, and sets out to join him in this man's army.

Polly is afraid that someone will see through her disguise; a fear that proves groundless when the legendary Sergeant Jackrum accepts her without question. Or perhaps the sergeant is too desperate to discriminate, which would explain why a vampire, a troll, a zombie, a religious fanatic, and two uncommonly close "friends" are also eagerly welcomed into the fighting fold. Soon, Polly finds herself wondering about the myriad peculiarities of her new brothers-in-arms. It would appear that Polly "Ozzer" Perks is not the only grunt with a secret.

©2003 Terry Pratchett; (P)2003 HarperCollins Publishers Inc.

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"Terry Pratchett's hilarious prose is significantly enhanced by the narrative skills of Stephen Briggs....Briggs and Pratchett are magnificent." (AudioFile)
"Thoroughly funny and surprisingly insightful." (Booklist)

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    Raine shoreline, WA, USA 05-20-05
    Raine shoreline, WA, USA 05-20-05
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    "You can't read just one"

    If you haven't read/heard Pratchett, do yourself a favor and get one. There are many to choose from, and if you like one you're in for a lot more fun.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Anton REDMOND, WA, United States 07-19-14
    Anton REDMOND, WA, United States 07-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book, great performance"
    What made the experience of listening to Monstrous Regiment the most enjoyable?

    I like Pratchett's books for the perfect mix of humor and philosophy. I also like the short and colorful language. So for me it's super critical for a narrator to maintain the right balance between being too funny, being too moralistic and have a crisp and clear language. And the narrator has it all. I believe this is exactly how Pratchett's books should sound.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like reading Pratchett's books, you'll like listening to this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Patterson, CA, United States 04-16-14
    Stephanie Patterson, CA, United States 04-16-14 Member Since 2012
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    "One of the Discworld Best!"

    Even among Pratchett's many beguiling works, there are few that make me laugh out loud more than a couple of times. Monstrous Regiment had me laughing non-stop. The subtle wit - the not-so-subtle wit - it was entertaining and enjoyable.

    The characters are almost all new, except for Commander Vimes (spelling?) who appears occasionally with his Watchmen. This was daunting to me, because I have grown attached to the Discworld regulars and feel a little overwhelmed when they don't appear in the novels. Nonetheless, the characters were well-developed and interesting from the very start.

    There isn't much more to say without giving away parts of the story - suffice it to say that this unique "parody" of army life is also a rewarding and witty commentary on politics, feminism, and world peace. And it's hilarious. Riotous, even.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Celia Missoula, MT, United States 05-31-13
    Celia Missoula, MT, United States 05-31-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Complex and Hilarious"

    I listened to this a year ago, and then again last week, and again this week. I keep finding more in it. This past-middle aged feminist loved every minute (except for the bit about older women...), but loved the message about how much more could have been accomplished if they had known each other... The cover picture is way off. A better one would have been a disheveled Polly in a tattered corporal uniform or Igorina in a laundrywoman's clothing. I think this is my favorite diskworld novel. You really need to listen to it/read it a couple of times--or pay very close attention--to get all the foreshadowing. Very well crafted. And lots of fun.

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    L. Williams Philadelphia, PA USA 03-04-13
    L. Williams Philadelphia, PA USA 03-04-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Wish I could give this more than 5 stars"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Monstrous Regiment to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, but the narration is so stellar that I can't imagine any way that I could enjoy this more than on Audible. In fact, I have a friend who is a fan of Terry Pratchett and am constantly telling him that he ought to get Audible to enjoy the books to their fullest.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Terry Pratchett makes the characters so real that I'm invested in them almost immediately. These are people I want to meet. They're layered and complex. The writing is among the best I've ever encountered in any genre. My favorite Discworld books feature Sam Vimes and the Watch - some of whom make an appearance here.


    What about Stephen Briggs’s performance did you like?

    He brings every one of the characters to life and captures Pratchett's gorgeous and funny prose with pitch perfection.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Don't Ask, Don't Tell


    Any additional comments?

    While this book can be enjoyed as a stand-alone, I think the impact is even greater when read after the City Watch books and The Truth. It really is a triumph of storytelling and brought tears to my eyes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aphion ADA, OK, United States 02-07-13
    Aphion ADA, OK, United States 02-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A Very Nice Surprise"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Monstrous Regiment to be better than the print version?

    I had not read the print version. It sounded like it might be more of a children's story, but when I was looking for a book for a young audience I downloaded it. Lucky choice.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sgt. Jackram, my husband was a sgt. for many years.
    but I also liked the vampire.


    What about Stephen Briggs’s performance did you like?

    Everything. He can vary his voice, bringing the characters to life. And he has the most lovely accent and timber. I looked him up on the internet because I wanted to know who I was listening to.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the vampire got the coffee beans and was sucking on them, boy can I relate.


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    Amazon Customer Ottawa Ontario 02-01-13
    Amazon Customer Ottawa Ontario 02-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Very good book"
    Would you listen to Monstrous Regiment again? Why?

    Yes, very relaxing to listen to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All of the characters were good.


    Any additional comments?

    One of Pratchett's better books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Scott S.W. IL. 11-04-12
    Carol Scott S.W. IL. 11-04-12 Member Since 2005

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    "One of the best books ever."
    What did you love best about Monstrous Regiment?

    Monstrous regiment is a great books of all ages.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Of all the twists and turn in this book the Sargeant's story is the best.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending, brought the book to a close with flash.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    equality of the sexes.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is fun.....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    dallas Wichita, KS 10-02-12
    dallas Wichita, KS 10-02-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Monstrous Regiment was Hilarious"
    What made the experience of listening to Monstrous Regiment the most enjoyable?

    The interpretation of Terry Pratchett's wonderful Diskworld series


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Polly, of course. She is what the story is all abouts.


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

    the nuances of all the different characters.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    What? Women in men's clothes? Preposterous.....


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cat Fairbanks, Alaska, United States 07-28-12
    Cat Fairbanks, Alaska, United States 07-28-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Wonderful"

    This was the first book I listened to by Terry Pratchett, and I have been hooked ever since. There are 3 narrators in the Discworld series. I don't care for Celia Imrie's voice and prefer to read the paper version of the 3 she narrated. That could be because I am hearing impaired and find her voice difficult to understand. Stephen Briggs and Nigel Planer are both wonderful narrators.

    Pratchett has a way of voicing everyday things in a very different way. His books have laugh-out-loud humor and true insight into the human condition. You can't ask for better than that. I have listened to several of these books more than once.

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