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Night Watch: Discworld #27 | [Terry Pratchett]

Night Watch: Discworld #27

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Luke A. Reynolds New York, NY 06-30-14
    Luke A. Reynolds New York, NY 06-30-14 Member Since 2008

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    "Superb book, excellent naration, poor transfer"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brooke Huntly, VA, United States 02-11-13
    Brooke Huntly, VA, United States 02-11-13 Member Since 2012

    Avid reader. Baker. Musician. Did I say avid reader?

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    "Pratchett's Best"
    Would you listen to Night Watch again? Why?

    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


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really love seeing the young Vetinari in this book


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

    Stephen Briggs is ALWAYS brilliant


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Of course!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kristen White Plains, MD, USA 06-27-09
    Kristen White Plains, MD, USA 06-27-09
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    "Great story, awful sound quality"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Cary, NC USA 04-28-09
    Robert Cary, NC USA 04-28-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Great story -Dreadful recording"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Garry Leicester, N/A, United Kingdom 05-12-04
    Garry Leicester, N/A, United Kingdom 05-12-04
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    "Outstanding"

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Bill L. Hamden, CT 02-02-14
    Bill L. Hamden, CT 02-02-14 Member Since 2000
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    "The Best of the Best: My Favorite Discworld Novel"

    Night Watch is the the best of the Discworld Novels. It just works on so many levels, and features Cmdr. Vimes, Watch History, History Monks, and a story that will grab your heart. I love the whole series, but especially the Watch related books, and this IS the best of the best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Riverside, CA, United States 01-27-14
    Steve Riverside, CA, United States 01-27-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Hilarious, Moving, Powerful"

    This is one of the best Disk World books. Most of them are light comedy. This one has the comedy for sure, but also has a much deeper human story. I had to say wow when it was done. A very satisfying read. I will certainly be listening to it again.

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    Jenny WALLED LAKE, MI, United States 12-19-13
    Jenny WALLED LAKE, MI, United States 12-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "I love Terry Pratchett"
    Where does Night Watch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Mr. Pratchett does it again. I love his quippy British flair and his sly humor


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    Kristopher MAGNOLIA, TX, United States 11-21-13
    Kristopher MAGNOLIA, TX, United States 11-21-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Terrible audio quality"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No,
    Yes.
    The book is great, good story, funny. Typical Terry Pratchett. The quality of this recording is awful. I'm upset I payed 30 bucks for it.


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    Bryan Monument, CO, United States 09-03-13
    Bryan Monument, CO, United States 09-03-13 Member Since 2005

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    "Wonderful Discworld Story - Horrible Audio"

    Night Watch is the Discworld story at its finest. Watch Commander His Grace the Duke of Ankh Sir Samuel Vimes is literally up a tower arresting a psychopathic murderer when he is shoved 30 years back in time. His adventures and experiences fill in a lot of the history of Ankh-Morpork and the effect Sam Vimes has had on the city.

    This story is Terry Prachett at his story-telling best. The only distraction is the seriously poor quality of the audio. It isn't the narration itself - just the tinny sound throughout. I certainly hope this can be remastered so that it gives this great story the audio quality it deserves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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