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)
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.
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.
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