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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©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)
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"R.I.P. Terry Pratchett"
In my humble opinion,the city watch is one of the best story lines Pratchett ever wrote. With this being the best of them.
Read them all and give me your opinion.
The world of literature lost a great story teller.
"Really good listen"
One of the best storys I have listened to .10 out of 10
Sam Vine realistic Hero a cross between Dixon Dock and Jack Reagon knows when bend rules with out corruption. Charactor shares many of the virtures of Inspector MacClevey
the final scene with in the Grave yard after he defeated Casca and talks the Patriarch all become clear partly!
Made me smile reference to the slang as Vine trys to explain a "Tupney Upright "
Terry Prachett master of creating a world that could be any time in History where ruthless men women plot intrigue for power as ordinary people struggle to survive . Fantasy element is less important than human realtionships .
"Probably the best Discworld novel"
Nightwatch is, arguably, the best Discworld novel. By this point in the series the cast of characters and the backdrop of the city is very well developed and so it is a delight to discover the backstory of Vimes, Reg, Nobby and the City Watch. Nightwatch has a rip roaring plot and a surprising amount of pathos, along with the usual trademark Pratchett wit.
Stephen Briggs is an excellent narrator who somehow fits the world and its oddball inhabitants very well. A range of regional accents is brought to bear by Briggs and it really brings the cast to life; the choice of accent seemingly fits with the selected character. In addition, as he has narrated so many of these the voices are carried over from previous books, making this more like a long running play.
While, Nightwatch is great, it is not the place to start if you are new to the Discworld. I would say go back to earlier Watch books. What is interesting, is that if you listen to them sequentially, you can spot ideas that make their way into later books, and key characters from one book will cameo or co-star in another. Perhaps don't go all the way back to the first, but certainly find the first City Watch.
Despite his great success, I think that Pratchett is still underrated, probably because these books are comedies set in a fantasy world, but there is huge skill here. I think the Discworld is a remarkable achievement.
"amazing story, great voices"
I already want to listen to it again, it was such an in depth and interesting story. the voice performance throughout was consistent and the voices were great. absolutely loved it.
"Enjoyed this book so much in audible and hard copy"
Read and listened to this book many many times and still love it. Thanks Terry.
"Much darker than previous Night Watch novels"
Having got used to Stephen Briggs in The Fifth Elephant, I really enjoyed his narration here but found the whole story a lot darker than I was used to with the Night Watch series. Pratchett has a lot to say here about torturers and murderers, which are of course no subjects for humour, and the whole premise of the book is somber. I felt there was an element of repetitiveness at times in some of the asides, but overall it is a fascinating backstory and grippingly read, even if not as comfortable and "easy" to listen to as some Pratchett novels.
"love this book."
a great book to Start your terry pratchett reading. you will laugh at some of they comments from commander vimes
my absolute favourite. listen time and again. Rimes became my favourite character because of this book. Pratchett at his best RIP
"First audiobook and I Loved it"
The story was great, the humor was witty and the narration was the perfect accompaniment to an altogether excellent book.
Five star reviews aren't always helpful, but Terry and Stephen did this one perfectly. How they rise up...
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