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)
In pursuit of a criminal, Commander Samuel Vimes is thrown back in time to become John Keel, the mentor to his younger self. The twists, turns and political intrigue are inter-mingled with the usual blend of Pratchett humour and wit. This is Pratchett at his very best and, through the excellent story-telling and vocal characterisations of Stephen Briggs, is a pleasure to listen to or to revisit for anyone who has already read the novel. Five star rating!
I would definitely recommend
For the first time in a long while, I was surprised by a Discworld tale. When you are a fan of a long-term, 40-odd book series, that is a very good thing.
Mr Briggs is simply Discworld characters alive. No disrespect to the talents of Mr. Nigel Planer and Mr. Tony Robinson, but there is a feeling of rightness when it is Stephen Briggs who narrates the Discworld stories.
Yes. A story so excellent, it deserves a second (or even 3rd listen). A fantastic novel (thanks Terry) read fantastically (thanks Stephen).
Thud ... more Sam Vimes action.
So many to choose from ... but when Vimes generally took down 'The Particulars'.
"How do they rise up, rise up?" OR "You have reached the end of cake".
Books are everything to me.
Well, not that high, to be honest, but only because I vastly prefer the Witches series and the Death series to the Night Watch.
But this book was still very good. Plus, it had time-travel and young Vetinari. Nuff said.
Sam Vimes. Who else.
In the beginning - when an Assassin trainee was sent to observe Vimes.
AMAZING narration. Usually I speed the narration so it is at least 1.5 times or sometimes even 2 times faster - but I didn't have to with this book.
The story. I'm a huge fan of the Vimes books, and they may be my favourite of the Discworld series.
Vimes' speech to Carcer at the end of the book. Raised the hairs on the back of my neck.
Stephen Briggs is good, though not to everyone's taste (my wife doesn't like his reading) and his characters are always distinct and fairly consistent across the series (I think his Sergeant Colon changes from "The Fifth Elephant" version).
No, but it does get a reaction. The comic moments are fewer than they used to be, but it packs a punch.
Anyone who started with Guards, Guards and has been following the career of Sam Vimes and the Watch will appreciate this chapter of their story, dealing with time travel and some of the recent history of Ankh Morpork, including a glimpse of a young Vetinari beginning to take hold of his destiny.
By far the best of the disc world novels. I am bias as I enjoy the Sam Vimes stories more than the others but this one stands out from the rest.
My only question is will he ever travel in time again perhaps go back and become old stone face the regicide himself !!?
Stephen Briggs narration is excellent. Great listen.
"One of the best!"
I've yet to read (or listen to) a Terry Pratchett book that I haven't thoroughly enjoyed. And this is no exception. The character of Sam Vimes is given a real opportunity to develop, as he gets transported back into his past with the murderous Carcer, in an magical accident, becoming his own mentor in the night watch. You also see the origins of the patrician Vetinari, Nobby and Colon, amongst others.
I'd read the book years ago, but have listened to it twice in the last fortnight!
"one of the best books pratchett has written"
vimes its all vimes, subtle brillant listening. Stephen Briggs brings the characters to life.five minutes in and you'll be hooked.
"another great book"
I just love Terry Pratchetts sense of humor. He describes disc world so well you can just imagine being there. Ankmore Port is my favorite city and I like all the car-actors that reappear in this book. If you like the previous books then you will like this one. Stephen Briggs is a good reader and easy to listen to.
"Nightwatch goes at a good pace"
Well read,for me typical Terry Pratchett, not sure if I am getting into it but find I can not stop listening and the next thing it is 3 in the morning. If you like terry Pratchett you will not be disapointed.
"Night Watch: Discworld, Book 27"
There is nothing I would criticise about this audio book. Terry Pratchett is at his best writing another hilarious and in this case often poignant story for the the guards series, Stephen Briggs narrates it brilliantly bringing to life the atmosphere and characters of the Discworld and it is unabridged, which is important because with a book this good you really don't want to miss out on huge chunks of it.
"smell the streets of ankh morpork"
I love this book and have read it several times but listening to it brought a new dimension to it. I would just put it on while driving to work and found myself laughing and at times on the edge of tears as the story was read to me with great skill and emotion. For ten hours of audio the price is a bargin. Unabridged books are the way forward.
"Pratchett on Top Form"
I've read many, but not all, of TP's books, and this remains one of my absolute favourites. The usual ace one liners and possibly his most charismatic hero, Sam Vimes. What's not to love?
Nothing much else to say apart from - read it for yourself and to the less original fantasy writers (you know who you are)... read it and weep!
"A spectacular time travelling romp"
This is the third Pratchett audiobook I have downloaded with Audible and again it doesn't disappoint. The voice acting is superb and the story is bought to life by Stephen Briggs. The story is a 'classic boy meets girl but has travelled back in time so she doesn't know who he is and he is trying to stop master criminal from causing mass civil war' tale.
"ratchet st his best"
This book is simply the best book terry has written. Funny and heart warming in equal measue.
The best book by my all time favorite author, and it contains Sam Vimes. What more can you want.
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