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 is Terry Pratchett in top form. I'd stopped reading him for a while (years, actually), but this novel has me hooked on the series again. The humor is great, his characters are great, and it's not too preachy.
Unfortunately, the narration is terrible. It sounds like it was recorded at double speed. I can keep up with it, but my wife and kids were lost pretty quickly. In addition, the volume varied pretty dramatically.
The story is good enough to make it worth listening to, but reading this one is probably the way to go.
I would listen to this story over and over again because it is just dead clever! The audio was a bit fuzzy but worth it. Stephen Briggs' characterizations were brilliant.
Sam Vimes because he in a strange way, he reminds me a little of the main character in Mort! A little confused and inept but with an inner strength and occasional cleverness.
Hard to say which scene was my favorite...probably when Vimes got his rank as Sergeant at Arms from the Captain and for $25 talked himself into a strange sort of respect from Snouty.
The entire story moved me...to laughter.
Pratchett's stories are more than humorous; they are thought-provoking in an Existentialist-time traveler sort of way. How does one individual exist in a universe of possibilities?
I always enjoy Discworld books in whatever form. Unfortunately this recording is very poor. It sounds as if it has been patched together from various quality recordings, some of which sound quite hollow and faint. It's very irritating to have it suddenly change from one version to another.
Sam Vimes Adventure
Sam Vimes. If you're a cop, if you know a cop, if you used to think you wanted to be a cop, you'll recognize a bit of yourself in Vimes.
Great reader really hitting his stride.
Laughter, as with all Pratchett books, but this one had a bit more emotion, and bit deeper into a character's heart and head than any earlier Disc World adventures. This one is a cop story with a little magic, a little humor, and a chance to explore a familar part of the Disc a bit earlier then we've ever seen it. It's a good read if you haven't read any Pratchett, but much better if you have a background. If you've read enough that you feel as though you could find your way around Anke-Morpork on a sunny day, this will be like a trip through history.
Ever thought it would be great to get a chance to talk to your younger self?
The audio quality was so terrible that is sounded like it was being read over the phone long distance from a cement holding cell "across the pond." I made it through the whole book, as painful as it was, which says something about the wonderful story telling of Mr. Pratchett. The "Tiffany"/childrens stories (?) series were much better and I've yet to find others in the Discworld series that can compare. Crrrivens!
Out of all of his books, I think this is my favorite about Vimes. The character development was great, and as usual the world that Pratchett paints is vivid. I love Stephen Briggs as a narrator, and I feel as though he well covers all the characters. This is a must read for any fan!
You can't go wrong with a Terry Pratchett novel, and this is one of his best, and actor Stephen Briggs always does a wonderful personation of the Discworld Characters, but the quality of sound from this aubilbe was really really bad. Luckily I got this audible for free, or else I would demand a refund, that's how bad the quality of sound was.
Terry Pratchett is fabulously entertaning once again in Night Watch. Stephen Briggs does a wonderful job bringing the characters to life but unfortunatly the sound quality is a bit off hence only 4 stars out of five.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book, except that the audio is poor quality. Books I've had on CD are far better in that regard. I listen in the car, so the background noise makes the poorer sound quality important (and rather irritating).
I've been a Discworld afficionado for a long time, so I expect the best from Terry Pratchett.
True fans will listen to this book no matter what, but this one left me a little disappointed.
Of course, it still has plenty of clever English-contorting prose & I enjoyed some good laughs.
The story line is interesting enough, with Commander Vimes unintentionally time travelling
in order to rescue himself and the future. But as a complete work, it just lacked the "zing" that the first 20 in this series offered. If you are new to Discworld, pick one of the earlier books instead of this one.
As for the audio production - poor. Stephen Briggs simply does not have the vocal range to
carry Pratchett's complex characters. We can hear gulps, breathing, and annoying changes in
tone & sound quality (director's fault).
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