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....
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"The Magic is Fading, Alas"
As a lifelong Pratchett fan it pains me to give this such a mediocre review but for me the magic is finally starting to fade. The problem with this book is that, like the one before, the protagonist has such an easy ride (forgive the pun). You just know nothing bad is going to happen to any of your favorite characters - Moist, Sam etc - and that everything is going to turn out OK in the end. Every time a bit of tension builds up (e.g. a fight) you just know the good guys are going to win without breaking sweat and the baddies will become good magically after a telling off from Sam Vines. The good stuff is still good - the puns, the dialog, the characters and best of all, Discworld itself, but the story is starting to suffer as a result.
"Just not the same..."
I don't know why, but I just couldn't get into this book. I love Terry Pratchett and have read, or listened to, most of his books, but there's something missing here - the story didn't go anywhere for me, it started ok then just rambled on semi-aimlessly until the end.
I'm still mourning the demise of Nigel Planer's readings of Pratchett. Stephen Briggs doesn't have Planer's range of expression or flawless comedic timing,
Let down - I wanted it to be good, it just wasn't.
Maybe it's just me - my wife read it (properly read I mean) and loved it. I hope Terry writes dozens more books! Any chance that Nigel Planer could read one?
"Pratchett on top form."
Yes, this is Pratchett on excellent form, beautifully written, good characterisation, pushing Diskworld into new directions together with the narration by Steve Briggs which is as sterling as ever.
Vimes but then he is my personal favourite anyway, you get to see him from the outside for a change and I enjoyed the interaction between him and Moist von Lipwig.
I love the tone of delivery, the wryness of his style and he is a natural story teller.
Some people have made adverse comments about the book, particularly the printed version, as things are changing in Diskworld and I suppose for them they want it still to be the world of 'The Colour of Magic'. I don't have a problem with its evolution as it presents new opportunities to explore. Personally I would rather Terry pushed the boundaries rather than reducing Diskworld into the literary equivalent of an estate of mock Tudor houses.
"a bit boring"
Not aa good as other books and a bit long winded and boring
I am a fan of sir pratchett however a couple of books let him down this being one of them for me .
Not really just fell asleep listening to it much preferred dodger.
"More lipwigs :) yes I get this"
No the story evolves the city
Making money- mostly for the charachters
As always a fine performance
Buy more audio books
shame about Amazon causing audible to be glitchy
My one regret was when the story ended Well worth a second third fourth repeat and I am sure more
very hard to choose but intrigue and daring do will always make for a good plot plus of course a generous helping of hummer
Stephen Briggs has the ability of bringing every character to life with his own accent and character.
I don,t think there was anything to cry about but a good laugh chuckle and giggle were the order of the day
More strength to Terry Pratchett Pen
"Pratchett People Put Me Off"
Soooo many reviews saying it's not the same, it's not his best, it's not The Watch. I'm irritated to say I bought into this pessimistic stand point rather than acknowledging the multiple comments from people who loved it. As such I only bought it last Friday. It was a ripping yarn that I spent a majority of my weekend listening to and had a big grin on my face throughout the 12 hour run time.
Stephen Briggs does a decent job narrating Discworld, but for my tastes his delivery is a little too big.
I have read listened to all of Terry Pratchets books and have enjoyed them all. Some i have enjoyed more than others. This one was middling i would say. I think Moist should get a little rest for a while. Please can we have another burst of Vimes and the watch. Much respect for sharing the journey your are on TP .
"Jolly good romp"
This is pure Pratchett genius. The characters are well drawn and the storyline cracks on as fast as good old Iron Girder herself. Being the fortieth Discworld novel it's a delight to see so many well known and loved characters from previous stories, but in true Discworld style you don't need any prior experience of the series to keep up.
Ah, there are so many. Without wishing to spoil anything I'll leave it at this: the kitten treatment, the railway children and the bridge crossing.
I've listened to four other books, all Pratchett, narrated by Stephen Briggs. I used to think he read too quickly, but I'm not sure if he's slowed down or if I've just got used to his style. I've read many Pratchett books in hard copy so occasionally he gives a character a voice which is different to the voice I have given the same character... But that's fine, and it's just a momentary 'oh, okay', rather than a jarring note which impedes enjoyment of the story.I would now find it rather odd listening to a Discword novel which wasn't read by Briggs!
I always have a reaction to Pratchett books! Yes, this one had me laughing out loud, and grinning like a maniac in various places. I particularly liked his borrowing of Dylan Thomas's 'motif', if you like, of place naming in one particular instance.
This is yet another jolly good romp around various parts of the Discworld and I thoroughly recommend it to anyone with a sense of the absurd about human life. Or troll, dwarf, goblin, or indeed any other form of non-human life. Or non-life. Enjoy!
"Brilliant stuff as usual"
I'm not sure how it is possible for Terry still to be able to write and put together a book, but he has managed it once again, and we can only be grateful!
It may have been held together by his PA chap, but this book certainly reads like a Pratchett to me, and I've read them all, some several times.
I am fond of this book, the characters are fondly dealt with, apart from the bad 'Delver' dwarves, and its all very Pratchett-esk. He is getting soppy in his dotage, and that may annoy some people, and he has a right to be. But the book holds up well.
We love the Pratchett in our house!
Is Stephen Briggs getting a bit tired though? It took him a while to warm up in this one, sounded like he didn't have his teeth in at first. Once in his stride, his narration was a good as ever, with the dozens of characters all well rounded and distinguishable.
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