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Raising Steam Audiobook

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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  • Dave N
    Northants, UK
    6/19/14
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • chris
    Dumfries and Galloway, United Kingdom
    6/11/14
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    "Just not the same..."
    What disappointed you about Raising Steam?

    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.


    Has Raising Steam put you off other books in this genre?

    Not yet.


    What didn’t you like about Stephen Briggs’s performance?

    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,


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Let down - I wanted it to be good, it just wasn't.


    Any additional comments?

    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?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SeaEagle1453
    UK
    5/2/14
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    "Pratchett on top form."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


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

    I love the tone of delivery, the wryness of his style and he is a natural story teller.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • martin
    STOCKTON ON TEES, United Kingdom
    3/28/14
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    "a bit boring"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Not aa good as other books and a bit long winded and boring


    Has Raising Steam put you off other books in this genre?

    I am a fan of sir pratchett however a couple of books let him down this being one of them for me .


    Any additional comments?

    Not really just fell asleep listening to it much preferred dodger.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alexander
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    3/20/14
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    "More lipwigs :) yes I get this"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No the story evolves the city


    What other book might you compare Raising Steam to, and why?

    Making money- mostly for the charachters


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Briggs’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    As always a fine performance


    Did Raising Steam inspire you to do anything?

    Buy more audio books


    Any additional comments?

    shame about Amazon causing audible to be glitchy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ronald
    harlow, United Kingdom
    2/23/14
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    "Masterfull"
    Would you listen to Raising Steam again? Why?

    My one regret was when the story ended Well worth a second third fourth repeat and I am sure more


    What did you like best about this story?

    very hard to choose but intrigue and daring do will always make for a good plot plus of course a generous helping of hummer


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Briggs – was your favourite?

    Stephen Briggs has the ability of bringing every character to life with his own accent and character.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I don,t think there was anything to cry about but a good laugh chuckle and giggle were the order of the day


    Any additional comments?

    More strength to Terry Pratchett Pen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas
    Lewes, United Kingdom
    2/2/14
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    "Pratchett People Put Me Off"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bill
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    2/2/14
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    "Only Good"

    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 .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lou
    Reading, United Kingdom
    1/26/14
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    "Jolly good romp"
    What made the experience of listening to Raising Steam the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Raising Steam?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Briggs’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    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!


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    Grange-over-Sands, United Kingdom
    1/23/14
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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