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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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    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.....


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    Cat 07-28-12
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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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    Joecool 05-15-12
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, Pratchett has a amazing ability to make you think about ... everything. He makes you see the humor in so many sterotypes and beliefs that people have.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Briggs???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Stephen Brigg's is one of my favorite readers. I have listened to 4-5 books that he has read and I look for him as the reader.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    You won't stop laughing at this book, unless someone kicks you in the socks (listen to the book to get that reference)


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    "OK Discworld"

    I am a Discworld fan. For me this isn't the best one. Not quite as funny as the City Watch books or many others but even so any Discworld book is better than 90% of the other books out there. Steven Briggs is, as always fabulous.

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    Elaine Covington, WA, United States 12-03-11
    Elaine Covington, WA, United States 12-03-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Stunningly Good Performance and Fantastic Book"
    Would you listen to Monstrous Regiment again? Why?

    Absolutely - in fact, I've already listened to it three times!


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Briggs – was your favorite?

    Impossible to choose. This book is Stephen Briggs' best performance, in my opinion, and his reading genuinely adds another layer of fun to this great book. What a fantastic reader, with a wide range of voices perfectly suited to Pratchett's wacky world!


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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 2011

    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.

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    Emelyn raleigh, NC, USA 04-26-10
    Emelyn raleigh, NC, USA 04-26-10
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    "Beautiful"

    Monstrous Regiment is one of Pratchett's best books, examining war and all it entails from a deeply humanist and sympathetic perspective. Some authors would come off as superficial or artifically edgy, but Mr. Pratchett touches on the human conditions behind war and religion, building situations rcognisable from past and present without needing to exploit crass sensationalism.

    Stephen Briggs is a marvelous narrator, equal to the challenge of the text.

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    Kristine Tivoli, NY, USA 08-31-05
    Kristine Tivoli, NY, USA 08-31-05
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    "good read and listern"

    i think this was a really good terry pratchet book and a good listen, pratchett kinda got clished with the whole girl being boy thing, but he added his quirky style to it to make it really interestinga

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    Sally M Altadena, CA, USA 04-15-05
    Sally M Altadena, CA, USA 04-15-05
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    "Monstrous Genius!"

    Terry Pratchett does it again! My daughter and I greatly enjoyed this installment to the Discworld saga. With a suprise ending twist (all right, maybe not so suprising...) and an always entertaining cast of characters (skillfully brought to life by Stephen Briggs), Monstrous Regiment is an excellent tale of madness. Two thumbs up! ^_^

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