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, though: 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.
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"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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Another episode in the life of the City Watch or more specifically Sam Vimes. This time the action is in the past and while there are still laughs the overall story is much darker than usual. Truth, Freedom and a hard boiled egg. This is not a story to begin listening to Terry Pratchett as you need to know and understand the characters but for those familiar to the City Watch will surely love it. A story that is very poignant and moved me to tears as well as the usual laughter.
"Terrys' Best Work Ever!"
Again and again, the narrating is spot on and engages the reader all the way through, The character descriptions pull me into the story and I feel like I could be there with them.
Too many to mention, The smell of lilacs, the importance of the Hard boiled egg and reasonably priced love. Lu-Tze's interfering with Time and Q always trying to remove heads. All one gloriously perfect picture
Stephen has been a favourite of mine for a while now, he has a vast range of voices for all the characters and reads at a good pace relevant to the book.
Truth, Freedom and Reasonably Priced Love
I personally fell in love with the story the first time I read this and would recommend this to anyone, Discworld fans or not.
"Best discworld book"
The best story of the discworld series without question. Very good audio performance as well
Briggs, as usual, brings Pratchett's characters to life. Great story and a twist in the history of Ankh Morpork.
"One of the best"
This book I recommend to everyone that love Terry Pratchett. It is one of the darker novels he has written, but that makes it one of my favorites. Mr. Briggs reads this book as good as any of the other Discworld novels, and I always find it fascinating that he remembers the voice and feel of the different roles he has portrayed through this book collection of roundly 40 something books.
"The narrator was excellent"
The readier added to the book and I will look for other books which he narrates. A very warm voice whom could portray the fear as well as laughter in a script.
"Terry Pratchett at his best"
This book makes me smile, on the one level Commander Vimes with a degree in life skills and social nuances , and on another level an appreciation of the writer as Sir Terry Pratchett captures the moment and brings to life a story of an extraordinary officer of the Night watch.
"Classic Pratchett with a harder edge"
This combines all the best tropes of Pratchetts work with a darker edge to other Diskworld books. The performance is excellent despite the narrators fondness for trying to give every character a different regional accent. My only criticism is that he could really do with reigning that in a bit, otherwise a really enjoyable listen.
utter fantastic story as always. wonderfully written and wonderfully read. A treat for anyone who loves a good story.
"My favourite of all the Discworld masterpieces"
Pratchett's finest work. Sam Vimes at his most vital. The humanity, heart and humour in adversity is phenomenally drawn together. Seeing the lives of so many beloved characters, how they started compared to how we have grown to know them in the present - it gives a background and understanding that is unparalleled by any other author. Pratchett brings people to life like no one else. Stephen Briggs' narration is flawless. His characterisation fits the personalities perfectly. There is nothing that could be done to this audiobook to make it any more splendid, and I should know, I'm currently re-listening to it for the 20th time :)
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