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Raising Steam Audiobook

Raising Steam

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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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  • Brakeinews
    New Forest, UK
    11/23/14
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    "Technology overtakes wizardary in the Discworld"
    Would you listen to Raising Steam again? Why?

    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.


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

    There are so many great ideas in the book, the best in my mind would provide spoilers though!


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

    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.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Will the Discworld go off the rails?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • N
    11/15/14
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sas
    9/21/14
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    "Expecting the old TP magic? Don't hold your breath"
    Would you try another book written by Terry Pratchett or narrated by Stephen Briggs?

    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.


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

    No... but off any further TP books - as I don't actually think he's writing them any more!


    Did Stephen Briggs do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M
    Wakefield, United Kingdom
    8/9/14
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Boris
    7/7/14
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    "Evolving Discworld"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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

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