©1999 Terry and Lyn Pratchett; (P)2000 Isis Publishing, Ltd.
"Unadulterated fun. Pratchett parodies everything in sight." (San Francisco Chronicle)
Terry Pratchett's Discworld is custom-made for audio. Even though I own and have read (and re-read) every one of his Discworld novels, listening to them lets me experience them with the fullness of leisurely thought and imagination.
With my purchase of The Fifth Elephant, we now own all 22 of Terry Pratchett's titles that have been released by Audible.com, and would be extremely grateful if Audible would add the missing titles as soon as possible
For once they knighted the right man in Sir Pratchett. This 'Watchmen' audiobook and its fellows are the perfect antidote to the boredom of commuting or queues. The escapades of Sir Samuel Vimes and his cadre, this time in out of Ankh-Morpork and into the werewolf-ridden steppes of Uberwald, are as always not just fantasy, or fiction, or humour, but ethics and science and sociology and pathos.
Unlike a few other reviewers, I prefer Mr. Briggs's narration/direction to Nigel Planer's: the female characters no longer sound like the Kray Brothers, and there is a Welsh cadence in the voices of dwarves of all heights, look you.
Warning: listening to this in public will draw strange looks as you laugh out loud.
I look forward to the next 'Watchmen' audiobook.
I really miss Nigel Planer. It takes a good hour to 'get into' Mr Briggs. But once I adjusted to the characters new voices, I was engrossed in this wonderful fantasy. The story examines new characters and gives some interesting personal developments. Plots within plots and fanciful fun really make this another entertaining book in the series.
I had put off getting this discworld book because the name and description just didn't interest me. What a surprise it was to find that it is now one of my favorites in the 'Sam Vimes' books. He travels with his wife into political intrigue and exciting experiences with werewolves, vampires, and dwarves. There is also a great side plot of sorts between Capt. Carrot & Lt Angula. I am about to listen to it a third time...
(please excuse any mispellings in the names since I only get the audiobooks)
As usual, this Discworld book is wonderfully done. Stephen Briggs uses a number of accents that convey cultural meaning in this world as well as they might in the Discworld. He also chooses voices that are spot-on the characters as I imagined when I was reading the book. Detritus sounds like I think a troll might, whereas in previous audiobooks he might sound like an enthusiastic Scotsman.
even though I am not a native english speaker, I widely enjoy this book. It starts off a bit surrealitically, like a childbook, and from there on it gains ground with every minute. all what you know about how people deal with each other is illustrated in the characters of the plot. It is witty and funny as well. And the narrator is great, with what I believe to be an english accent and with lots of varieties in his voice with regard to intonation and dialect. Really good reading and literature !!
This is one of my favorite Discworld novels. It features "the watch" which is always a recipe for success plus the story line is excellent. I was a fan of Nigel Planer's narration but I think Stephen Briggs is also excellent and he brings the characters to life in this story.
Down the rabbit hole into a ring a fire- the magic of words lifts me higher and higher.
All of the Discworld Novels are worth listening to again and again, especially the last 20 or so!
When you discover the "real" motive for the murder.
Lady Sybil - It was hard to remember there was only one narrator.
I don't think so. There is commentary about religion, social-economic factors, racial tension and feminism throughout, and how a so-called, plain-spoken everyday sort of copper deals with it. (He's really too smart to be "everyday" and there is no way you could ever call Sam Vimes "normal"). I was too busy laughing through most of it to be moved until the true motive for the murder was revealed.
In retrospect, and for writing to be good there needs to be a retrospect; if you forget it when you walk away it didn't make you think and Pratchett, being exceptional will make you dwell. In retrospect it makes me think about the course of feminism in the US. Now that women are the equal of men, a tragic slip off of the pedestal, will we ever get to the point that we can't tell the difference between men and women? There will always be special cases where a person of one sex intentionally creates the perception of being the other, but I see the popularity of androgyny excused as a healthy living and have to shudder.
Oh well, dwarves will be dwarves, for now.
Satire, camp, logic, RELIGION and OMG a ripping good story line. Hilarious and dramatic. If you are not familiar with the series (what disc do you live on?) then start at the beginning with "The Color of Magic"
I once walked into a book store and asked for something by a writer like Clive Cussler. The answer was, "There is no one like Clive Cussler". Well, that describes Terry Pratchett perfectly. Be warned, once you start reading, or listening to, his books, there is no known substitute. The Fifth Elephant is not his best, but it is far better than anything else available. The only tiny complaint I have is that I wish that he would stick with Nigel Planer as the reader for all his books.
Gave a four rather than five stars only because it took a good hour or two to adjust to Brigg's reading style and voices. Great Story, but I must say I really miss and prefer Nigel Planer's narration.
"A great story."
A great story, and while i like the Tony Robinson versions, i prefer these unabridged ones. An intelligent book with, as is common for Terry Pratchett, many layers and cultural references. These Vimes/Carrot stories are always good, go back in time to Night Watch for another excellent one if you like this.
"vimes the diplomat"
this is a great book.
the whole of the political friendship between 2 countries.... dependant on sam vimes, carrot gone rogue (but politely) and 'captain fred colon'
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