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.
Absolutely perfect narration - not one note jarred. Love all the Discworld novels but this narration enhances one's enjoyment
"Good as ever"
Terry Pratchett fans will not be disappointed - a great Sam Vimes book and as good as reading it yourself.
Vimes is one of my favourite Terry Pratchett characters and it was great have a new story focusing on him
Once again Terry Pratchett shows a different slant to a new race of characters - this time Goblins. Changing and challenging the expectations the reader brings with them, showing not all it what it seems
Vimes's interations with Young Sam
"What makes us human?"
As generally happens, the latest Terry Pratchett is often my favourite... so having just listened to this (after reading it twice) it is currently a favourite.
As with many of the Terry Pratchett's there's so much to think about or there's just a really good story that takes you along for the ride. It compares well to other more recent TPs.
I've always liked Commander Vimes, doesn't seem to matter who performs him, he's always value for money!
Yes. But with work and kids and various other commitments it is just for listening to in chunks while I knit or fold washing.
"It's pure Terry Pratchett gold"
Snuff is pure Terry Pratchett Gold. A must for any fan, and read by one of the better narrators Stephen Briggs. Go on, I dare you to buy this, you won't be disappointed.
"A lovely story, well told"
The Audible version is a nice version. Having read the book I now enjoy listening to the story being told in such a nice way, The narrator moves the story along and keeps a good pace, so that you can enjoy the richness of Pratchet's writing. It is a very good story with lots of humour and wit. The Audible book brings all of that to life.
I started to listen to the Audible version before I read the book, but stopped and read the book. I found that I could enjoy it more once I had read it. I love to listen before I fall asleep, and it is nice to know the story and just enjoy being read to.
"Good book, excellent audio"
I listened to this book during a number of long training sessions which is a testament to the clarity of the audio and quality of the reading. Stephen Briggs shows, once again, his suitability for narrating Terry Pratchett novels. The novel itself is not the finest Pratchett novel I have ever read but it is very entertaining and had some laugh out loud moments. If you are a Pratchett fan this is definitely worth listening too, if you are new to the Discworld novels there is plenty for you in this novel although you may struggle with some of the character development because it relies on some previous knowledge. Happy Listening
I love Terry Pratchett and the Night Watch are my favourite stories of his, however this book never really grabbed me didn’t feel like the Sam Vimes I know. Maybe because it wasn’t based in the city not sure just not my favourite book. Also not sold on Stephen Briggs as a narrator much prefer Nigel Planer, I personally have never envisaged Carrot as being Welsh... (No offence to the welsh!) My advice go for the early book read by Nigel Planer.
"Perfect Pratchett as always!"
Another excellent addition to the Discworld books. Insightful ironic insights into family life and the joys of children's books!
"Perfect road trip book"
I downloaded this book to listen to on a long journey through Europe it was great having it available on my iPhone connected to the car stereo to help the long journey pass. It was the first Terry Pratchett novel I had listened to as opposed to reading and it certainly added an extra dimension. The narrator was engaging and brought the characters to life. The nature of the book made it easy to pick up and put down - I definitely think I will do this again for a long journey.
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