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Snuff: Discworld, Book 39 | [Terry Pratchett]

Snuff: Discworld, Book 39

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. They say that in the end all sins are forgiven.
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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

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    David 05-13-12
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    "Another brilliant yarn from the Discworld"

    I loved this story. The Vimes/Watch books are probably my favourites in the Discworld series and this novel continues the evolution of the Vimes' world. The way in which the tales of the various Watch characters have progressed is brilliant, with some really nice twists and turns in their sroty arcs that you can't see coming. The books are designed for readers to enjoy, as well as making you think about various broader concepts and ideas along the way. SImply brilliant.

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    Rob DIEMEN, Netherlands 04-13-12
    Rob DIEMEN, Netherlands 04-13-12 Member Since 2014
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    "More of the same and nothing wrong with that"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend any of the Disk World novels. I wouldn't necessarily begin with this one though.


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

    Vimes. Having read all the novels the voice I imagined was different. Now it will be the voice by Stephen Briggs


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

    Pratchett always makes me laugh


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Simon Innaloo, Australia 01-23-12
    Simon Innaloo, Australia 01-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Pratchett at his best as usual"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes it's a terry prat hefty disc world book enough said


    What other book might you compare Snuff: Discworld, Book 33 to and why?

    Any other disc world book


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

    This is the first but I think it was very good


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks more like this pleae

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charmaine 01-02-12
    Charmaine 01-02-12
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    "So Entertaining."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Snuff: Discworld, Book 33 to be better than the print version?

    I find a well read book hugely entertaining.


    What other book might you compare Snuff: Discworld, Book 33 to and why?

    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!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Page one to page last :o)


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Emma 11-01-11
    Emma 11-01-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Laughed so hard my sides still ache in memory!"

    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.**

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    Mim HUGHENDEN, Australia 10-30-11
    Mim HUGHENDEN, Australia 10-30-11 Member Since 2009
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    "The annual holiday to the Discworld"

    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!

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    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 10-24-11
    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 10-24-11 Member Since 2013

    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.

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    "My favourite Commander Vimes is BACK... on holiday"

    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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    Ian Allen Perth WA (Western Australia) 12-04-12
    Ian Allen Perth WA (Western Australia) 12-04-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Not my cup of tea"
    What disappointed you about Snuff: Discworld, Book 39?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Terry Pratchett again?

    No


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    Philip Upper Hutt, New Zealand 01-30-12
    Philip Upper Hutt, New Zealand 01-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A breast kids book with interest for any adult"
    If you could sum up Snuff: Discworld, Book 33 in three words, what would they be?

    Great characterization, comedy and wonderful read.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Snuff: Discworld, Book 33?

    Many dialogues.


    What about Stephen Briggs’s performance did you like?

    A classic. Absolutely compulsive to listen to his wonderful accents and characterization.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Nah


    Any additional comments?

    My 13 year old son (who hates reading) LOVED this book.

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    T. Keefe Canada 10-26-11
    T. Keefe Canada 10-26-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Unfortunately, Just OK"

    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.

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  • Gwendoline
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    1/13/12
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    "Well read"

    Absolutely perfect narration - not one note jarred. Love all the Discworld novels but this narration enhances one's enjoyment

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kathie
    Liskeard, United Kingdom
    12/12/11
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    "Good as ever"

    Terry Pratchett fans will not be disappointed - a great Sam Vimes book and as good as reading it yourself.

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  • David M.
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    "The last terry pratchett?"

    Perhaps, nonetheless as always I loved it, superb performance and an enjoyable story. Rip Mr Pratchett your wonderful stories will live on, never failing to raise a smile and a thought. Thank you

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  • Hugh
    Oxford, United Kingdom
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    "Loved it...."

    ... But may be biased. I love everything Sir Terry Pratchett has written.

    (I need eight more words - difficult, I'll manage.)

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  • sparky
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    "Another cracker"

    Superb book. Light reading it yourself. Listened at least 10 times in a month. Will buy more discworld books. RIP Sir Terry

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  • Daniel
    Cumbernauld, United Kingdom
    3/26/15
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    "awesome"

    Vimes is a great character and this book is exceptionally well written and well performed.

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  • Tim Bamford
    3/24/15
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    "discworld brilliance"

    I lost hours listening to this book whilst working and also whilst driving to places

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    KIRKCALDY, United Kingdom
    3/7/15
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    "loved it!"

    loved reading it. loved listening to Steven Briggs reading it to me even more! Bedtime stories for grown ups. hallelujah

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  • Gary
    PETERSFIELD, United Kingdom
    1/28/15
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    "Enjoyed it, twice!"

    What can I say that hasn't already been said already?
    Not much really.
    If your are into Discworld you will love it (and probably end up listening to it twice), if not then you may find it a bit hard to follow, although that should put off the adventurous.
    Enjoy

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  • A. Mcclellan
    Wigan, England
    1/23/15
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    "fantastic"

    narrated by the wonderful Stephen Briggs a great book and a great listen especially at bathtime or bedtime or when you're doing the washing up

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