Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards.
Truth! Justice! Freedom! And a hard boiled egg!
Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch had it all. But now he's back in his own rough, tough past without even the clothes he was standing up in when the lightning struck.
Living in the past is hard. Dying in the past is incredibly easy. But he must survive; he has a job to do. He must track down a murderer, teach his young self to be a good copper, and change the outcome of a bloody rebellion. There's a problem: if he wins, he's got no wife, no child, no future.
This is a Discworld Tale of One City, with a full chorus of street urchins, rebels secret policemen, and other children of the revolution.
©1992 Terry Pratchett and Lynn Pratchett; (P)1997 ISIS Publishing Ltd.
"British author Pratchett's storytelling, a clever blend of Monty Pythonesque humor and Big Questions about morality and the workings of the universe, is in top form...in the phenomenally bestselling Discworld series." (Publishers Weekly)
"The author's talent for comedy does not falter as he continues to set the standard for comic fantasy." (Library Journal)
"Stephen Briggs's voices add dimension to the characters while avoiding exaggeration. He brings out the satire without compromising the subtlety of the humor....The series is meant to be read aloud." (AudioFile)
Night Watch may very well be my favorite Discworld novel. It's a story of second chances, passion, politics, and standing up for what's right. Pratchett brings his inimitable style to time travel, civil unrest, and what it would be like to meet your younger self. It works as a stand-alone novel, but you'll get much more out of it if you're familiar with the Guards books (start with Guards! Guards!). Stephen Briggs, as always, does a superb job narrating, making the Ankh-Morpork come alive (no mean feat).
My one complaint, and it is a large one, unfortunately lies not with Pratchett, or with Briggs, but with Audible: the transfer is awful. The audio quality is sub-par compared to the CD or cassettes it was clearly ripped/recorded from, and the whole thing is sloppy. Audible's remastering/digitizing of older recordings is usually excellent (Bernard Cornwell's Sharpe Series, to pick one example, were beautifully transferred from Blackstone's CDs, cassettes, or master recordings), but in this case, the whole thing has the same feel of an old vhs tape slapped onto a new blu-ray disc. Night Watch, as one of Pratchett's best novels, deserves better treatment than it has received here. I can only hope that a better transfer will one day provide this site's audiophiles with a reading they can revel in.
Avid reader. Baker. Musician. Did I say avid reader?
I think this is one of Pratchett's best stories - excellent characters, excellent story, lots going on but his usual insightful mix of craziness and satire
I really love seeing the young Vetinari in this book
Stephen Briggs is ALWAYS brilliant
Down the rabbit hole into a ring a fire- the magic of words lifts me higher and higher.
Discworld History Ha-HA-ha
All of the Sam Vimes stories are about hope.
You hope that the men in charge will be good men, be mindful of the welfare of others, do the right thing when there are options, have a conscious, know his Beast and keep it chained until he has to call on it.
You hope that other good men will be drawn to him and by shear force of logic, reasonable speech and consistent actions they will make the same good choices as their chosen leader.
You hope that there will be somebody there to take care of the nasty bits.
And you hope that if you could do it all over again, knowing what you know now, you would do it better.
And I learned a new song...All the little angels rise up, rise up. All the little angels rise up high.
The character parts were brilliant. Snouty, Nobby, Dickens, Reg, the various soldiers, Madam, the Aunts, the list goes on. I estimate near 30 voices and each one was an individual.
There are several brilliant ones in the story, although you would have to be familiar with the series to understand some of them (start reading!):
All the Little Angels Rise Up
Doing the Job in Front of Them
The Glorious 25th of May - Remember?
Doing the Job they Didn't' Have to Do
Protecting The People's Republic of Treacle Mine Road since the Year of the Dancing Dog in the Century of the Fruit Bat
Truth! Justice! Freedom! Reasonably Priced Love! and a Hard Boiled Egg!
There and Back Again: A Coppers Tale
This story is a metaphor for the isolation and disenfranchisement of the soldier in foreign land. What does he have to do to remember who he is at home-that he has a home- and hang on to the threads that take him back; whether it be a picture or cigar case or lock of hair in his pocket. He has to focus on the job in front of him- at this place in this time. There is no good guy or bad guy, just us and them, and sometimes he wonders where the line really is and if he will ever get home.
As expected, brilliant satire and story line, keeps you laughing and the deeper message comes through.
I absolutely love the Watch series- they've become my go-to listens for the daily commute and Stephen Briggs' narration is some of the best I've ever heard. Unfortunately, the recording quality on Night Watch is really, really terrible. It frequently sounds like the speakers are trapped in a tin can that's been muffled by a pillow. At times the sound is so bad that I've had to check back in the physical book just to make out a character's words. What makes this especially disappointing is the fact that Briggs only reads about half of the Vimes series (Nigel Planer just isn't the same) so I feel a little cheated... Still though, the story itself is great- if you're looking for smart humor, clever plot lines and some surprisingly profound commentary on human nature I'd suggest checking the book out of your local library first. Then, if you love it as much as I do, putting up with the less than ideal listening experience will probably be worth it.
A great story that is well read but unfortunately the quality of the recording is abysmal. There is a lot of background noise and the volume is erratic. This detracts from an excellent story.
Speaking as a Pratchett fan who's favourite stories are about the Night Watch, this is the best of the lot. I would thoroughly recommend this to a fellow fan or to someone new to the author.
If you have read the previous Night Watch books you will get more out of it but is stands on it's own and it stands out. Excellent story, funny and easy going and all enhanced by a very very good narrator.
many of these reviews are ridiculous in my opinion. this recording is old, it is true, but Stephen Briggs gives a sterling performance. Personally, I would much rather have quality issues than a lackluster narration.
night watch is arguably Terry's best work. it has a much darker tone than any other Discworld novel, but it also delves deeper into social issues than any of the others. this is also a tour-de-force for vimes, who really comes into his own in this book.
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