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.
"More of a Discworld epilogue than its own story"
It took me a while to figure out what was missing from Pratchett's normally amazing writing, but on a relisten I realized this book lacks any Internal Dialogue from characters.
Part of the magic of Pratchett's stories is seeing a character slowly come to revelations about the world and people around them. Having their assumptions challenged and becoming wiser, normally resulting in a climatic speech.
This book lacks those internal narrations, meaning it is reduced to scenes which exist purely for one character to monolog to another.
This is probably because of how much is crammed into this book. The story essentially covers the Discworld completing its transition from a fantasy world to fully industrialized society, and it tried to cover all the implications of that as well as trying to finish off stories began in the watch series. As such it works as almost a large epilog for the wider Discworld but suffers as it means so much of its story is rushed.
Despite not being Pratchett's best work, largely I think due to his illness at the time, there is so much in this book to love. We see the conclusion to so many running stories and there was so many treats for longtime fans. I liked it and so glad I got to listen to it. I probably won't be one a relisten to regularly like The Truth or Thud or Witches Abroad, but I'm glad it's in my library.
"Another brilliant price of literature"
Loved this, it felt like the whole re-creation of the steam engine. Good enough to make George Stephenson and Thomas Savery happy.
Pratchett has clearly done his research with this and it's made his writing all the more powerful.
I did think that some bits could have been condensed, although loosely relevant to the story I did get lost on some bits.
I found the new characters Moist Von Lidvig an Dick Symnol very interesting indeed. I wanted to know so much more about them and when the story wasn't on them, I wanted it to return quickly. It was also great to delve into the cultures of the dwarves, gnomes and goblins. I was also delighted to hear Commander Sam Vimes in the story. I'm a big lover of the night watch books so it was good to hear him.
The story was brilliantly read by Stephen Briggs. I especially liked the accent of Dick Symnal.
I would recommend this book whole heartedly and I'm glad I chose it.
"excellent story. love it when read by Steven Brigs"
love the story. and the interaction of the characters in it.
Still think that Stephen Brigs is the best person to read Terry Pratchett books and wish he would record them all.
My favourite characters with some new. A greatv comedic reflection of today. I easily read this again and again.
"Another amazing book in the disc world series"
The plot is funny, interesting and full of everything we know and enjoy in the disc world series. With new characters mixed with the best characters of the disc world, Moist, Commomder Vimes and many more. For me this book is definitely in the top 5 favourite in the series. It's long, but highly enjoyable and MUST listen in my opinion. I hope you choose to listen, you won't be disappointed.
"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
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