It is a truth universally acknowledged that a policeman taking a holiday would barely have had time to open his suitcase before he finds his first corpse.
And Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch is on holiday in the pleasant and innocent countryside, but not for him a mere body in the wardrobe. There are many, many bodies and an ancient crime more terrible than murder.
He is out of his jurisdiction, out of his depth, out of bacon sandwiches, and occasionally snookered and out of his mind, but never out of guile. Where there is a crime there must be a finding, there must be a chase and there must be a punishment.
They say that in the end all sins are forgiven.
But not quite all....
©2011 Terry Pratchett (P)2011 Random House Audiobooks
I would recommend any of the Disk World novels. I wouldn't necessarily begin with this one though.
Vimes. Having read all the novels the voice I imagined was different. Now it will be the voice by Stephen Briggs
Pratchett always makes me laugh
Yes it's a terry prat hefty disc world book enough said
Any other disc world book
This is the first but I think it was very good
Thanks more like this pleae
I find a well read book hugely entertaining.
Any of the Disc World books. I like the continuity of the quirky Disc World characters who pepper the pages from book one in the Disc World series, The Colour of Magic to this last one, Snuff. Wonderful!
Page one to page last :o)
If you are a Disc world fan then this is for you and if you have never heard of it then do yourself a favour, buy book one and start listening. You will be hooked very soon just like the millions of Terry Pratchett fans world wide. I would have liked Nigel Planer to read this although Steven Briggs does a good job.
I've always been a huge fan of Terry Pratchett. His characters are full of so much life and the disc world parallels our own with just the right twist of humor and touch of Fantasy; you have to marvel at how his mind must work to come up with the most obvious ideas, but with the most kinkiest twist on it, your never sure where it will take you. But you'll go there anyway, because if Terry Pratchett wrote it, the journey is most of the fun.
Being a horse rider myself, the way he had Sam Vimes describe horse riding had me in hysterics! And Stephen Briggs always seems to have just the right voices for all the characters, even the female characters, it's very easy to imagine them sounding just like that. He certainly adds to an already very well written story. Would recommend any of his books to anyone who wants a really good giggle. You don't even have to like "Fantasy" or that sort of stuff, anyone should be able to relate to his stories. **PS If you are new to Pratchett make sure you read the foot notes!!! You miss so much if you don't.**
Never fails to be a trip to remember. Met with Sir Terry when we was in Sydney for the Downunder Discworld Convention and was able to hear the first part of 'Snuff read by Rob Wilkins. (mmmm Rob!) Have now listened twice in two weeks to Sir Terry's brilliant manipulation of words and the structures of his sentences are legendary and all the time I was listening I could see him speaking and could connect his philosophical musings to the topics he raised; dear old mums, being given a half dollar by the lord of the manor, that we don't kill criminals because we believe in redemption and other little tit-bits he let slip. Much as I enjoy Steven Briggs and his ability to do the voices, I prefer Tony Robbins, but that is just me. Enjoy and Enjoy and Enjoy your vacation!
When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.
Funny enough Stephen Briggs usually holds my attention, but listening to this book, I had to rewind every now and again. Yet, I thought he did a jolly good job of bringing Commander Vimes of the Ankhmorpok City Watch to life again. It felt like a long awaited reunion.
By returning to his Grace Sir Samuel Vimes Terry Pratchett has motivated me to start relistening the whole City Watch Discworld novels. I think these novels are the best of the Discworld novels, it is built on cynicism, pessimism and excellent misdirection. My personal favourites are "Feet of Clay" and "Thud," maybe because Ankhmorpork struggles a lot with the same issues as South Africa.
Snuff differs from other City Watch novels in that Samuel Vimes is separated from his city watch by.... a holiday. But were Vimes is, well... you know... Police work snuffs him out. As in the case of "Feet of Clay" and "Thud" a new race of humanoids is brought into the fold of those who need to be treated in a humane way. But while the recipe is there for a great story, it is unfortunately not as good as the aforementioned novels. That said, the novel is much better than "Unseen Academicals."
I would suggest this book to all Discworld lovers. For those who haven't been introduced to Commander Vimes and his city watch, read or listen first to "Guards, Guards!"
Still I will strongly recommend the book... SNUFF... SNUFF... snuff.
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Baseless disjointed narrative.
Authors have the prerogative to produce any style they like. The book doesn't have to meet reader expectations or desires. What disappoints one reader will no doubt delight another.
Terry Pratchett fans probably feel that Snuff is great, however I didn't.
Great characterization, comedy and wonderful read.
A classic. Absolutely compulsive to listen to his wonderful accents and characterization.
My 13 year old son (who hates reading) LOVED this book.
I am a long term, die-hard Pratchett fan, and have been looking forward to this book as his health issues make it unlikely that we will have many more. I wanted to love this book, but can only say I liked it. Pratchett didn't really develop anything in this story, but rather used well known characters and often used rivalries to but together a reasonable book, but nothing to move the people of the Disc forward. The internal Vimesian struggle between being a toff and a copper was almost beaten into extinction. The narration was as wonderful as always.
Buy this book - yes, but expect a gentle continuation, nothing amazing.Still, mediocre Pratchett is a Pratchett. Enjoy.
Hi there All, I am a 63 going on 64 year old woman, I have just gone blind so I am so glad to know about Audible. I love it.
I would change the length, a bit too long for the story.The story was ok, but not up to his usual best. Far too serious I am afraid, not enough funny little bits that is his usual style.
I have as many of Terry Pratchett's books as I can get, I usually love them all, each and every one has made me giggle, or sigh at human, dwarf,troll,vampire and werewolves little foibles. But this one was just a bit too grim for me, slavery and mass murder do not strike me as things for a normally comedic writer to tackle.
I cannot fault Steven Briggs's performance, as usual his voices brought all the usual characters alive, even if they did not have very big parts in this book, other than the main ones anyway.
Not really, I was just glad when it drew to a close I guess. But I will still be watching for his next one, I am still a fan, no matter what, and no one can deliver Great every time.
I hope Terry Pratchett goes back to his breezy self after this one.
"A welcome return of Sam Vimes"
I have not yet read or listened to a Disc World story that I haven't liked (and I have read almost all of them) and those involving Ankh-Morpork City Watch are my favourites. They appeal to all our family and have done since my 2 sons were 10 and 12 - they are now late teens and early twenties and still enjoying them. Terry Pratchet has managed to address many disappointing characteristics of human nature over the years, usually softened by humour and this is no exception. Perhaps Snuff is slightly predicatable, but the characters of Commander Sam Vimes, his family and entourage are all still entertaining.
Having run out of audiobooks for bedtime, I decided to listen to this again. Even a second time around in fairly close succession, I'm loving every minute! Admittedly, my habit of falling asleep for half an hour or so before waking sufficiently to turn off the iPod means that I've missed little bits when I re-wound to where I thought I'd left off, but I still find new nuances and subtle turns of phrase that I missed in the first listen, when I was following the storyline most closely. It's a delight to know the ending and listen for the more subtle pointers.
At first I was worried by the narrator not being 'Baldrick' but I got used to him and he's a master storyteller. He's got Igorth just right!
All in all, a masterpiece for Discworld lovers, and Terry Pratchett has clearly not let Alzheimers get to him yet!
This is the 1st Pratchett book that I have had in audio. I'm usually an avid reader of his works and was a bit dubious of how I would like it as an audio book. I really enjoyed it! Granted I agreed with a few other reviewers who felt it was a bit rushed by Stephen Briggs in places but overall I couldn't listen to it quick enough. It is yet another great book by Pratchett and it certianly made the hours traipsing up and down the motorways go alot faster. Would fully recommend.
"More true to life than fantasy should be!"
More true to life than fantasy should be! Relationships between a man and his wife and the love that keeps them together. Am I talking about me or Captain Vines? It was so funny to listen to that I often laughed out loud, and when you're listening to it on headphones I did get some strange looks.
A well thought out story with more than the usual level of clever humour.
"Pratchett at his finest"
If you love the watch series involving infamous duke of Ankh, Sam Vimes then this book is for you a tantilising satire of the watch going to Midsommer, if you love the discworld then you will love this latest installment...a must.
"Thoroughly entertaining book, as ever."
This was my first ever audio book, so I cannot really comment much on the narrator, other than I found him quite pleasant and enjoyed his style. I chose the new Terry Pratchett book, as it is the only one I had not yet read.
It started gently, as a fair few Discworld books do, but quickly gathered momentum and got really exciting. It was very funny - listening at bedtime probably wasn't the best plan, as quite often, I'd giggle myself out of my snoozey state. It featured many favourite characters, as well as lots of new ones, most of whom were quite lovable. I don't think there were any wizards though, I always miss them a bit if they aren't featured in a book somewhere!
I really enjoyed the book, and I would highly recommend it to any current Discworld fan - you can't go wrong.
"Classic Pratchett joy"
Wonderful blend of the dark, the magical and the poignant and witty, this was a great treat to listen to. Lovely narration. Don't doubt- just buy it. You'll love it.
"It's Pratchett so it's funny and full of heart"
I think that Sam Vimes is my favourite Pratchett creation (along with Granny Weatherwax). It's difficult for me to give a helpful review to anyone who is not fully immersed in the Discworld multiverse. Characters and situations have developed over so many years that I really can't tell if things are clear to a new reader.
So all I can say, as a Discworld fan, is I love Vimes, I adore his humane and anti-authoritarian (unless he's the authority in question, in what case, do as you're told!) attitude so I found this immensely enjoyable. It's funny, charming, egalitarian and humane so just left me with a big smile on my face.
I enjoy Stephen Briggs narration. He sort of sounds like Terry himself and suits the text well.
"You will love it!"
Sam Vines is back and going on he hols you will spend all the book gaspping and gigging fab.
Very good rendition of Discworld. All the humour and subtlety of Pratchett come through. I would recommend listening to this.
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