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.
"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)
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.
I loved the women-in-a-man's-world theme. Loved the characters, especially Igorina.
Down with music interspersed within the narration of audio books.
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.
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.
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.
Best storyteller and the best person to give voice to his work. Stephen Brigs breathes life into the Discworld.
Practically Pratchett-Perfect in every way. Time we met an Igorina, too. Satisfying to the socks;)
I am not listening to the books in order, but it is not necessary. You meet the same characters as meeting old friends, happy to know what's going on with them at the moment...
Terry Pratchett was (and because we all read his books still is) a great genius.
Reader was fantastic, as usual, but feel a female read would have served this particular book -- and its narrator -- better.
I love this book, girls going off to war pretending to be boys has been done before but Pratchett comes at it from new angles.
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