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Monstrous Regiment Audiobook

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.

What the Critics Say

"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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    IngridH 07-31-14
    IngridH 07-31-14

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    "So Sad This is a Stand-Alone!"
    Where does Monstrous Regiment rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Monstrous Regiment is another Terry Pratchett stunner. I wasn't sure about the book initially because I hadn't strayed far from the witches books or the watch books, but I got into it quickly. What I HATED was the music. Please never put music in audio books. Very, very bad decision. Sometimes I drift off to sleep while listening to audio books. Not this one. The music was jarring. I buy an audiobook to listen to the story. I buy music to listen to music.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the women-in-a-man's-world theme. Loved the characters, especially Igorina.


    Any additional comments?

    Down with music interspersed within the narration of audio books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    L. Williams Philadelphia, PA USA 03-04-13
    L. Williams Philadelphia, PA USA 03-04-13 Member Since 2011
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer severna park, MD, United States 09-23-11
    Amazon Customer severna park, MD, United States 09-23-11 Member Since 2014

    I'm actually a day old tart, filled with maple custard. Perhaps, this reads as a rational introduction to others, and you are deliberately misreading it, because, come on, maple custard.

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    "So good!"

    I LOVE this book! My first Pratchett, made me a total addict! Hilarious! If you like Monty Python, Neil Gaimen, or Douglas Adams, I recommend these books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tom 03-16-16
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    "I enjoy Terry Pratchett's books"

    This is a story of a girl pretending to be a man written by a man. The story is still good and would not like to say more. But any type of woman suffrage is just a story.

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    Leonard Zegarski San Diego, CA United States 03-04-16
    Leonard Zegarski San Diego, CA United States 03-04-16 Member Since 2015
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    "What can I say? I LOVE TERRY PRATCHETT!!!!!!!!"
    Would you listen to Monstrous Regiment again? Why?

    Again and again and again. I hear something different each time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the fact that Pratchett shows up all the the silly prejudices about women in a humorous but powerful way.


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

    His ability to change his accents an voice makes all the characters come alive.


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

    The whole book told the story of a group of people thrown together and how they come to respect and care deeply for each other--all in preparation for a surprise ending.


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    Jonathan D. Lilley 10-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Listened with my mom, loved it"

    It's funny, has good characters, and good action. You don't need to know about the other discworld books to understand this one. The narration is well paced and captures the humor well. The only trouble is that the narrator runs out of unique voices, and starts making them nasally.

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    Catherine 09-15-15
    Catherine 09-15-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A perfect version of my first Pratchett book"

    Wonderful rendition, good pacing, hilarious story, and my favorite outside of any of the Night Watch.

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    Sundown 07-24-15
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    Another in the series on Pratchett masterpieces well written and well read. Stephen Briggs is awesome.

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    valia 07-06-15
    valia 07-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent"

    Very entertaining. About a fictitious childish army. I adore his British accent.
    I need to finish it I keep playing chapters repeatedly!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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