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Raising Steam | [Terry Pratchett]

Raising Steam

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.
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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

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  • Fiona
    Brighton, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "Another Pratchett masterpiece"
    What made the experience of listening to Raising Steam the most enjoyable?

    This novel brought together some favourite characters - Moist, Vimes, the dwarves and some unanswered questions from Thud, Making Money and weaves it together in a fun, action packed story. Also continues the new meta story started in Snuff.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's hard to chose as all the favourites are featured. For me Drumknott has a lovely arc and some great comedy.


    What about Stephen Briggs’s performance did you like?

    Stephen has long been involved with Sir Terry and his familiarity and affection shine through. He brings characteristics to life with appropriate accents and a good pace.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Dancing on the roof of the train.... Sheer joy!


    Any additional comments?

    While possibly not the best discworld novel this is a fine addition to the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kenny
    Paisley
    12/1/13
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    "Another classic"
    Would you listen to Raising Steam again? Why?

    Yet another classic from the the genius that is Mr Pratchett, read it, listen to it enjoy it again and again and again


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its good to see more of "Piss" Harry as he is one of my favorite characters.


    What does Stephen Briggs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Stephen Briggs again does a lovely job reading this book to me (it sometimes feels like he is never out of my car)


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • mollyeyre
    Leicestershire UK
    11/10/13
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    "Wonderful Tale"

    Oh I do LOVE Terry Pratchett and his discworld. Such fun, and his wit is mixed with common sense, making fun of the more stupid elements of our earthworld.
    I 'Read' this in two days - but it warrants a second reading. Brilliant!

    Good narration too by Stephen Briggs

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Wendy
    Ramsgate, United Kingdom
    12/20/13
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    "Needs Tony Robinson"

    I love Discworld and this is the first time I've listened to an unabridged version of a Discworld story - oh dear. Stephen Briggs is so hard to listen to...please can't Tony Robinson rerecord them all. He's who I hear when I read them myself and his characterisations and general narration bring the stories to life. Briggs is so dreary, it's hard to be bothered with the story. Sorry, never again.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • fiona
    Ireland
    12/2/13
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    "classic prattchet"

    The storyline is classic prattchet. Great appearances from favourite characters, vetinari, moist etc. It's a nice return to ankh morpok after the tiffany series. I'd highly recommend this to any fan of the discworld series. Not a good book to begin reading discworld novels on though.
    Performance is good, however I've always preferred Tony Robinson's narration of prattchet.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Reader
    United Kingdom
    11/21/13
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    "Does it matter ?"
    Any additional comments?

    If you are a Terry Pratchett fan you'll read/listen to this whatever I say - because you always want more more more - fair enough. However, please don't start here. There are far far better places to get into the canon - start here and you might stop. As a long time lover of TP and discworld I was for the first time ever disappointed in one of his books - and how so. Yes the expectation is always high, and yes this is the first time in how many - is it 40 books or thereabouts - and yes Terry Pratchett is a national treasure - but this is simply a flat disappointing book. Nothing is really original - characters just go through the motions - even they seem bored by it all - and talking of characterisation - well the few new ones had no depth or detail - and of the ones we are familiar with (and love of course) like Vetinari, Moist and of course Vimes are mere pastiches of themselves. They have nothing of their real spirit and drive - as I said before they just go through the motions. It is possible to use the term sad and dull for a TP book - I regret it is now.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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