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The Fifth Elephant: Discworld #24 | [Terry Pratchett]

The Fifth Elephant: Discworld #24

Sam Vines is a man on the run. Yesterday he was a duke, a chief of police, and ambassador to the mysterious, fat-rich country of Uberwald. Now he has nothing but his native wit and the gloomy trousers of Uncle Vanya. And if he can't make it through the forest to civilization, there's going to be a terrible war. But there are monsters on his trail. They're werewolves - and they're catching up. Sam Vines is out of time and already out of breath...
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Sam Vines is a man on the run. Yesterday he was a duke, a chief of police, and ambassador to the mysterious, fat-rich country of Uberwald. Now he has nothing but his native wit and the gloomy trousers of Uncle Vanya. And if he can't make it through the forest to civilization, there's going to be a terrible war. But there are monsters on his trail. They're werewolves - and they're catching up. Sam Vines is out of time and already out of breath...

©1999 Terry and Lyn Pratchett; (P)2000 Isis Publishing, Ltd.

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"Unadulterated fun. Pratchett parodies everything in sight." (San Francisco Chronicle)

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    Phyllis Hilo, HI, USA 10-13-03
    Phyllis Hilo, HI, USA 10-13-03
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    "Pure entertainment made for audible"

    I own a couple of memberships and have enjoyed many books but none are as delightful on audio as those of Discworld. Intelligent, witty, clever, outrageously entertaining--it took me forever to try these books (I hate things other people rave about) and now am glad they are there to enjoy now. I've listened to everything from old time radio to . . . at night and while travelling. None is more enjoyable than Pratchett. I think this was the best novel after the first two but I rate them all 4 or 5 stars.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Portland, OR, USA 12-14-03
    Jennifer Portland, OR, USA 12-14-03
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    "What happened to Nigel Planer?"

    The Fifth Elephant is a great story, as usual, and even more witty than the previous 23 novels. This rating is for the narration, not the novel itself. What has happened to Nigel Planer? Did Stephen Briggs get the new job because he does stage adaptations of Pratchett's books and co-authors the Discworld guides? I don't think this qualifies him as a narrator. His characterizations within the ethnic groups (humans, trolls, dwarfs, etc.) are barely distinguishable. What a disappointment.

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    Richard Ledyard Seattle, WA USA 04-24-15
    Richard Ledyard Seattle, WA USA 04-24-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Love Pratchett, Love Briggs"

    Book is fantastic and narration is flawless. Briggs brings out the essence of Pratchett's characters with his voice, keeping the listener engaged to the end.

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    Bond Eddy 04-16-15
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    "Great City Watch novel with a superb narrator"

    As always Terry Pratchett's City Watch novels are a fun romp in the Diskworld and the narrator here did a wonderful job.

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    Savannah Redway, CA, United States 04-14-15
    Savannah Redway, CA, United States 04-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "excellent reader!"

    I am already a huge Terry Pratchett fan and was impressed with the reader's cadence and comedic timing. this was my first listen and I have already downloaded another.

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    mkwhite30 04-07-15
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    "Hilarious as always!"

    I always love Discworld novels and this one is no different. The characters are always hilarious even if their situations aren't. Exactly what I wanted to listen to until I couldn't stay awake any longer.

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    Eric 03-26-15
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    "police drama"

    I'm not a fan of this vimes book. vines is a well developed character but all the supporting ones are kind of flat.

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    Jennifer Manning Ut, USA 03-11-15
    Jennifer Manning Ut, USA 03-11-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Another great Discworld story."

    Love this story, it's one of my favorite Discworld books. But Nigel Planer > Steven Briggs. Maybe I'm biased because I heard the first half of the series narrated by Planer but switching to Briggs was jarring. Meh.

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    "Love Vimes"

    This touches on all aspects of the series and fills in thoughtful details. I adore Terry Pratchett and Stephen Briggs is the best at bringing life to the pages.

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    Amazon Customer KC 02-01-15
    Amazon Customer KC 02-01-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Another Pratchett Hit."

    Simply put, just another great Discworld novel. Excellent story plot, great characters that you can relate to, and fun to listen to multiple times.

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