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)
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.
Great narration and classic Pratchett story that holds up a mirror to society's ills. Recommended listening.
Several difficult subjects, honestly. War, politics, gender roles and expectations ... the list goes on. Pratchett deals with humor, sensitivity, and a few well placed skewers. Enjoy.
Steven Briggs is very talented with different distinct voices for the characters which makes it easy to follow dialogue. The audio sounds a bit dated and fuzzy at times, but a couple extra notches of volume helps. The story is as funny and subtly deep as you could hope for from Pratchett. A couple hints of Vimes as a minor character in this one, which cracked me up (but he's always been one of my favorite characters).
'Leaving New Orleans also frightened me considerably. Outside of the city limits the heart of darkness, the true wasteland begins.'
Another fantastic story on the Discworld by Terry Pratchett. This is probably my favorite series. I love how all the books are unique, yet mirror our own universe, Sure it's a fun house mirror, but the appropriate word there is "fun". I highly recommend ALL of these books!
This story concerns Polly, a young woman concerned about her missing brother, who joined the army and has vanished. Polly, who as a woman cannot own property in her country, needs a man to officially own her inn so she can run it, and so decides to get her brother back. She makes the only choice she can and decides to let the army make a man out of her. Vampires, werewolves, trolls, and other soldiers will not stand in the Polly's way as she plans on kicking the whole universe in the fork.
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.
If you like reading Pratchett's books, you'll like listening to this.
Audiobooks are my workaround to the pesky laws forbidding reading while driving. And I'm pretty sure my dog likes them too.
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.
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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