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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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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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    Lyssa 02-04-13
    Lyssa 02-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "One of the Best"

    I love Terry Pratchett's books, especially the Discworld series, and this is one of his best.

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    john United States 12-22-12
    john United States 12-22-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Best Fantasy Cop book I have ever heard"
    If you could sum up Night Watch in three words, what would they be?

    I love It


    What did you like best about this story?

    The writer understands cops inside and out


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Briggs – was your favorite?

    I loved commander sam vines


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When commander sam vines showed off his rank to the other sergeants was the best oh dear momemnt in the book


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christina Germantown, MD, USA 12-19-12
    Christina Germantown, MD, USA 12-19-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Pratchett + Briggs = Unbeatable Combination"
    Would you listen to Night Watch again? Why?

    It's Pratchett at his best, with all the quirky characters and deft wordplay, plus the superb Stephen Briggs reading it. Listen again? I've listened too many times to count!


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Briggs – was your favorite?

    He does them all so well ... he IS Sam Vimes, but he brings all of them to life so well. I really think he was born to read these books.


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    Jack United States 10-03-12
    Jack United States 10-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Time Travel in Discworld"
    What did you love best about Night Watch?

    The humor, of course.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Vimes steals the show.


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Briggs – was your favorite?

    Vimes.


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

    Definitely.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of those books I wanted to listen to again as soon as I was done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    G. Steyn Newton, MA United States 07-17-12
    G. Steyn Newton, MA United States 07-17-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Performance doesn't quite ruin a strong story"

    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.

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    Mid-Centurian 05-12-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Funny, creative, quintessential Pratchett"
    Would you listen to Night Watch again? Why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The entire story moved me...to laughter.


    Any additional comments?

    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?

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    Rebecca Nutley, NJ, United States 01-29-12
    Rebecca Nutley, NJ, United States 01-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "poor quality recording"

    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.

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    Harvey raleigh, NC, United States 12-14-11
    Harvey raleigh, NC, United States 12-14-11 Member Since 2010
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    "History, mystery, and humor in the Disc World."
    If you could sum up Night Watch in three words, what would they be?

    Sam Vimes Adventure


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What about Stephen Briggs’s performance did you like?

    Great reader really hitting his stride.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Ever thought it would be great to get a chance to talk to your younger self?

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    Tladi 08-08-11
    Tladi 08-08-11
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    "Great story. Terrible audio quality"

    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!

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    sysadminchick 07-03-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Much Love for Pratchett"

    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!

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