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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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    Matt Z Penn State U. 03-07-13
    Matt Z Penn State U. 03-07-13 Member Since 2010

    Lots of books lots of time. I love all things Star Wars and fantasy. The Bartimaeus trilogy (or quad) maybe the perfect series. Jonathan Stroud and Douglas Adams are my heroes.

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    "Sam Vimes Warewolf Hunter"
    What did you love best about The Fifth Elephant?

    The covert social cometary.


    What other book might you compare The Fifth Elephant to and why?

    Men at Arms, Thud, Snuff, Guards!, etc. Get em, listen to em, love em.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Sam Vimes playing fetch.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The idea of social evolution and growth.


    Any additional comments?

    The whole of the thing. Very Zen.

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    Daniel Bowling Green, KY, United States 02-19-13
    Daniel Bowling Green, KY, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2010

    Daniel

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    "Werewolves, Vampires, and Pratchett."

    Not the best of the series, but still five stars. As always, the author is wise and witty and turns phrases like no one else. Worth a credit: You bet.

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    dolores Novi, MI, United States 12-11-12
    dolores Novi, MI, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2012
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    "the fifth elephant"
    Would you listen to The Fifth Elephant again? Why?

    yes, i plan on listening to this again. I have read many terry pratchett books and enjoy them


    Any additional comments?

    none

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    Raine Norman, OK, United States 09-24-12
    Raine Norman, OK, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Classic Terry Pratchett"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fifth Elephant to be better than the print version?

    I almost always like audio versions better. The reader always brings life to the characters that I myself would not. Stephen Briggs is my favorite when it comes to Terry Pratchett books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the insight into Angua's family the best. This developed the character more for me.


    What does Stephen Briggs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He really adds a lot of personality to the characters with not just his voice but his tonal inflections as well.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Carrot turning up to save Vimes.


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    Robin United States 09-06-12
    Robin United States 09-06-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Vimes is asking for trouble again!"

    I have found that several of the discs later stories seem to have us expanding into the
    "outer" regions of the discworld. This story has the Chief in the middle of a complex scheme between the "Ank" and Uberveld. We have wonderful new characters testing the
    patience of our old lovable guys and new turf to explore.

    I found the story endearing for our multi tasking were"woman" and Carrot. We also
    get an inside peek "finally" of some "real" dwarves down in the mines. For this reason, Pratchett scores three stars. I like seeing different sides of our normal characters and learning more about them.

    But, I do miss the story revolving around "home turf" and having ALL the characters adding their two cents in. When the story ends in this one, like it does in some others, we lose many of those characters we've been introduced to.

    The ending *SPOILER ALERT* --------was somewhat of a left down too. I expected the werewolf, Angua's "pack" to be smacked on the nose better than they were. I DID like
    the addition of the Igor to the watch and all the fun that brings.

    Overall, the story is good and I'm glad I listened to it. There are always several laugh
    out loud areas and this is no different. It is not one of my favorites though, but then again, Pratchett fans must be some of the most spoiled creatures on Earth!

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    Melissa Hardwick, VT, United States 03-10-12
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    "Love Terry Pratchett!"
    Would you listen to The Fifth Elephant again? Why?

    Yes! Terry Pratchett is one of the funniest writers I've ever encountered. I am particularly pleased that I can listen to Discworld books with my children and they'll enjoy the book almost as much as I do. This book is going into the regular rotation of books we listen to.


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    Pie Saint Petersburg, FL, United States 01-19-11
    Pie Saint Petersburg, FL, United States 01-19-11 Listener Since 2007
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    "I am SO BUMMED..."

    I LOVE the disc world series, most especially the night watch books. You cannot believe how bummed I am with the new narrator. He has turned the wonderfully madcap characters into proper british citizens. Yuch. I have tried twice to listen to this book and have not been able to get past the introduction of the new Carrot and Vimes voices. I keep telling myself this is the same author and reminding myself how much I laugh while "reading" these books. It would probably be okay if I'd never heard the Nigel Planer books but I DID and I thought he did a FABulous job. Man. This is terrible. I am SUPER bummed out man. And (as of this moment), I have COMPLETELY wasted a credit. I will try again but I'm not holding out for much luck with it. I thought Pratchett was GOLD. Well, his narrator isn't. Slow. Plodding. Proper. Ugh. You just don't know how bummed I am at this moment. Sheesh.

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    Lisa San Diego, CA, United States 12-27-10
    Lisa San Diego, CA, United States 12-27-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Excellent book, a few odd bits in the recording"

    I thought my iPod was going bad, and played this again on my computer. For instance, on the second half at 4:32:37ish, the sentence has been oddly patched. There are a few of these hiccups throughout, which can be a bit distracting. Otherwise, Stephen Briggs does a great job of reading, and I get even more out of the audible books than reading them (and I've read all the Pratchett books- they're that good.) There's laugh out loud bits, searing wisdom, and a better than average mystery story in a fantasy setting. A great listen.

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    Andrea ST PAUL, MN, United States 12-26-10
    Andrea ST PAUL, MN, United States 12-26-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book, iffy file"

    The book and narration were great, I really enjoyed them. However (I don't know if this is an Audible problem or if the files corrupted when I downloaded them), there were some strange hiccups in the recording. Most of these were not a problem, but a bit was cut out between the first part and second file. I don't think it was much, or significant (maybe a paragraph?), it's just that the first sentence of the 2nd part has little relation to the last sentence of the first part.
    However, I would recommend the book. It is not Pratchett's best work, but it is exciting. The watch are some of my favorite characters in the Discworld series.

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    Robin Lockbourne, OH, United States 08-12-10
    Robin Lockbourne, OH, United States 08-12-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Well read"

    Well read and funny as always. There were a few skips and jumps in the audio though, but it was okay.

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