To the consternation of the patrician, Lord Vetinari, a new invention has arrived in Ankh-Morpork - a great clanging monster of a machine that harnesses the power of all of the elements: earth, air, fire and water. This being Ankh-Morpork, it’s soon drawing astonished crowds, some of whom caught the zeitgeist early and arrive armed with notepads and very sensible rainwear.
Moist von Lipwig is not a man who enjoys hard work - as master of the Post Office, the Mint and the Royal Bank his input is, of course, vital...but largely dependent on words, which are fortunately not very heavy and don’t always need greasing. However, he does enjoy being alive, which makes a new job offer from Vetinari hard to refuse....
Steam is rising over Discworld, driven by Mister Simnel, the man wi’ t’flat cap and sliding rule who has an interesting arrangement with the sine and cosine. Moist will have to grapple with gallons of grease, goblins, a fat controller with a history of throwing employees down the stairs and some very angry dwarfs if he’s going to stop it all going off the rails....
©2013 Terry and Lyn Pratchett (P)2013 Random House Audiobooks
I have read all the Disc World books and enjoyed them. Raising Steam contains many references to characters from previous books but I do not think you would need to read the previous books to enjoy this novel. I have just finished reading this book and I am ready to read for a second time.
"Long awaited 40th Discworld novel"
Discworld meets Railroad
Going Postal or Making Money also by Sir Terry.... These are the first two Moist Von Lipwig novels.
Good and humorous delivery as always with Stephen Briggs.
Laughed out loud... For real this time
Discworld meets the industrial revolution and railroad.... All the usual and much loved Pratchett humour and style. A great listen (and read). Highly recommended to the young of heart of all ages.
"Still on top form"
Yes, but then again I'm blind and can't read.
It's well constructed and complex. But not so complex that it becomes contrived. It keeps it's pace well and maintains the usual humour of the series all the way through.
Yes I have and it's up to his usual high standards.
I was sniggering and laughing all the way through, luckily I don't listen in public on headphones as that could have been awkward.
If you enjoy the doscworld series then you'll love this. Especially if you haven't liked them lately, this is the best in years.
If you've never read any of the series, then buy this book and find out what you have been missing.
"The Discworld meets the Industrial Revolution..."
Fans of Terry Pratchett and the Discworld series will not be disappointed by this latest novel. It is the story of events that led the Disc to discover new magical abilities, but the shocking fact is that this time the magic is... technology.
Stephen Briggs is a highly talented narrator and whilst Nigel Planer, our usual narrator, conjures up wonderful memories of earlier audiobooks, I personally enjoyed Stephen Briggs amazing vocal skills in this book. Stephens ability to switch realistic accents and speech patterns for the key characters makes this audiobook well worth downloading, to which is added his excellent timing and emotion in the narrative.
The characters are those we know and love, yet Terry continues to present them in a way that is more than accessible to the newcomer. We have a treat meeting Dick Simnell, the creator of Iron Girder, and get to know other less well known characters in much more depth.
The story moves us quickly from the previously technology of the Clacks and into something very new. The wizards of course have their own perspective on the story, which helps the side plots develop.
Most enjoyable and most striking was that Lord Vetenari had his own story. Reserved and unflustered, Lord Vetenari was at first portrayed as ignorant of what the future held for his tyranny over Ankhh Morpork, until we found out that he... Well, that would be a spoiler wouldn't it? This is perhaps one the best stories of power play between Vetenari and the Discs ruling factions; look out for the Diamond King of Trolls, Lady Margalotta, and the Low King to all make significant additions towards a utterly engrossing and twisting plot line..
Utterly absorbing and a thoroughly good listen.
"I love Terry Pratchett Stories"
The right level of farce and fantasy, good sense and humanity Um... Dwarf-anity. I enjoy coming back to these stories. Leaves me with a warm feeling.
"Just didn't do it justice 😏"
Overall a fantastic and highly enjoyable listen. I get them not just for me but to listen to
"A bittersweet ending for many Discworld characters"
I never read the book all the way because I found it a bit slow but I'm glad to say that the audio version kept me hooked!
This is Moist Von Lipwig's show (which is a good thing, I'd argue). Fan favourite characters turn up left, right and centre but they are mostly cameo appearances, just one last showing before the end, so to say.
All of the performances I have heard by Stephen Briggs have been solid, and this one is no different.
This story does not have quite the emotional impact that some of the other Discworld books have had, although the pacing is cleverly matched to that of a steam train: it builds up slowly and then moves faster and faster...and then suddenly we arrive at the destination and there's just calm and serenity. If I did have to pick a moment, there's a quite empowering speech near the end.
Raising Steam is a bit of an oddity as we get to see the Discworld modernise within a fortnight. I'm not sure I will ever know how I truly feel about this book.
"Some have said its not his best but it's his last ( adult )"
I read comments that said this wasn't his best - maybe not but it's his last and many of his / our favourite characters are mentioned - Rincewind, Ridcully, Angua, Nobby, Colon, Vimes, Vetinari and of course Death - missing the Witches - wonder what Granny Weatherwax would have thought about the Railway. -
But then again it was written by a man that had Alzheimer's - so how could we expect the same level - but it is a good read / listen - it is disk world book 40
Let's all start at the beginning
Terry at his best. Who says the newer books aren't as good as the old ones? Loved it!
Very entertaining throughout. Made me laugh with the clever use of the quirks of the English language
"A Perfect Discworld novel."
Perfectly written and expertly read. Sir Terry and Stephen Briggs making a perfect team once again.
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