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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Another great performance by Stephen Briggs, as usual. Story is decent but not one of Terry's greats.
"Beautiful Pratchett writing as always"
I have listened to this audiobook several times already, each time discovering a new detail or subtle joke. It never gets old.
Moist Von Lipwig, simply because of his charismatic nature ability to pull off the impossible.
the whole book was enjoyable but the final race to Uberwald on 'Iron Girder' with the resultant fight with the trolls is always good to listen to.
A runaway spectacular!
Goblin industrial revolution
This story sees the development and increased depth of several discworld characters, introducing some rather amusing new ones on the way - it's a classic Pratchett, and one which changes the way discworld will be for future books. The introduction of steam, and the accounts of it's troublesome developments were done with the usual superb understated humour so typical of Mr Pratchett - can't wait for the next one!
This is my first listening to Stephen Briggs narration, and it won't be the last - good and well varied voices for a wide range of characters
Oh for the luxury of the time to listen in one sitting - but good in chunks
"Technology overtakes wizardary in the Discworld"
Probably will eventually. It is a good book with all those amazing characters TP has developed and SB brings to life in the ear. But it does feel like TP is dragging the discworld away from magick and fantasy and into a technological/industrial developing world. I feel this is a shame, despite how wonderfully he tells the stories.
There are so many great ideas in the book, the best in my mind would provide spoilers though!
SB is perfect, he is the discworld now, so reliable are his voices and depictions of the characters, infinitely better than the dull Nigel Planner we have to endure in earlier books - and dont get me started on Tony Robinson. Stephen Briggs is the best by far.
Will the Discworld go off the rails?
"Tired & Predictable"
I am a big Terry Prachett/Disc World fan but unfortunately the series has grown tired with predictable humor and plots failing to excite.
"Expecting the old TP magic? Don't hold your breath"
I've got all the others... they've been going steadily downhill. Certainly wouldn't bother again.
Stephen Briggs is a great narrator in general... but it doesn't redeem a rambling pointless story.
No... but off any further TP books - as I don't actually think he's writing them any more!
He's great... but he uses accents for characters this time where he's previously used others (Adora Bell is suddenly from Edinburgh rather than Belfast. Is Harry King from Yorkshire or the East End?? Careless continuity - I think less of the producers for not keeping this running.
I love the Discworld. I love almost all of its tales. What's happening here is cashing in on a name. I mourn the loss of a wonderful storyteller.
"Vive Le Industrial Revolution!"
Sir Pratchett's strength has never been Plot, but rather in the dynamism of his characters and how they react, in their all too human way, to the ever-changing world they find themselves in, and, in Raising Steam, they confront an array of new-fangled ideas and mechanisms that bear a striking resemblance to those we face in our little Roundworld, such as terrorism, gender identity, atavism, HS2 and, well, modern life in all its messy marvellousness. It's a fast paced book, brilliantly narrated, and though it's not one of Sir Terry's classics, it's still bloody great.
Following Going Postal, Making Money(and to some extend The Truth, Raising Steam is the fourth novel revolving around the integration of novel "technology" into the discworld universe.
A modern Prachett novel it addresses the invention and integration of the steam engine. With the usual wit and ingenuity Pratchett delivers what he knows best, an interesting and amusing journey on his favourite celestial body. The intelligent and tongue-in-cheek humour as well as the fantastic story telling really keep this stories momentum up untio the very Prathett-esque (Sorry) finale.
As in most of Pratchett audio books Stephen Briggs' performance adds the seasoning on top of the already excellent story (Can't help but read discworld books in his voice these days). All in all recommended.
"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?
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