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)
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.
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 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.
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.
He brings every one of the characters to life and captures Pratchett's gorgeous and funny prose with pitch perfection.
Don't Ask, Don't Tell
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.
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.
Again and again and again. I hear something different each time.
the fact that Pratchett shows up all the the silly prejudices about women in a humorous but powerful way.
His ability to change his accents an voice makes all the characters come alive.
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.
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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