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©1999 Terry and Lyn Pratchett; (P)2000 Isis Publishing, Ltd.
"Unadulterated fun. Pratchett parodies everything in sight." (San Francisco Chronicle)
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.
The story was great, and as usual Stephen Briggs did his exemplar best. Terry Pratchett at his best. I have read and reread this story so many times, but I find there is always something new I have missed in past readings.
The chase of the Werewolves, you know Vimes is going to get out of it, but you never quite know how, until he does.
Being Welsh myself, I love Stephen Briggs's Dwarf's, he is so good with the accent, I could almost believe he was born next door to me.
I always try to make Terry Pratchett's books last as long as I can, so I limit myself(if I can) to three hours a day, mostly though I just keep on listening spellbound.
One of his best.
I love S. Briggs, and I love Pratchett books, especially when read by Briggs, but for some reason this one was really... choppy. There were glitches in the file, through both parts, where it would blank out, skip or whatever, and often I'd miss a word or two. Disappointing for such a great story!!
Not Pratchett's best, but a very good read. If you like his work, you will like this one.
Computer programmer and nerd. I love me some fantasy books and "great man" history.
The Vimes story lines are always Prachett's best work. This is funny, clever and exciting. This was the first time I had heard Stephen Briggs reading and it was a bit off putting for me but he performed magnificently. Plus dwarves, and vampires *and* werewolves, how can you not love these books?
I would not recommend reading this without first reading the other city watch books. You'll miss out on all those little "inside jokes" peppered throughout. No one likes missing out on inside jokes.
I really enjoyed this Pratchett- previously I have only ever listened to the abridged books (having read them all!) and was not sure how I would like the full book being read by a different voice.
But Stephen Briggs has an superb voice, and this really brought the characters to life. I had a few odd looks from fellow drivers as I was sat in a traffic jam laughing like a fool!
The 5th elephant is probably one of Terry Prachett's best books. It is well written and has interesting and funny chracters. The narrating is also really good. It is nice to listen to and will make you laugh out loud!
"Sam Vimes to the rescue in classic Pratchett"
Another classic Pratchett outing, this time following Vimes' exploits in Uberwald as a diplomat. Sam Vimes is to diplomacy what icebergs were to transatlantic shipping in the early twentieth century - dangerous. And so begins the central conceit of this marvellous book. To heap further accolades on Pratchett is pointless - the man is simply a genius and this book was written at the height of his considerable powers. It's not just the humour that sets this book apart, it is the masterly insight into human nature that makes it shine. Add this to your Pratchett collection and you won't regret it. Oh yes, and the narration was pretty good as well!
"Pratchett At His Best!"
Book 24 in the Discworld Saga, sees Commander Vimes thrown into the turbulent world of politics, as the Ambassador for Ankh-Morpork, attending the crowning of the Low King in Uberwald. Meanwhile Captain Carrot follows his heart and poor old Fred Colon faces his own particular challenges back at HQ. Excellent wit and humor with all the good bits that we've come to expect from Mr. P. This story (and production) is make it truly enjoyable by the narration from Stephen Briggs. Together, these gentlemen provide what can simply be described as a thoroughly good read, errrr, I mean listen!
Everything about this story is brilliant: the tale and the telling is a balance of mystery, murder, humour, horror, suspense and romance. That, coupled with great dollops of understanding, tolerance and compassion makes me feel a greater understanding of how to be a little more humane. This is philosophy and ethics delivered obliquely.
Sam Vimes, Sibyl and the Watch is for me one of the most enjoyable storylines in the Discworld sagas. The narrator, Stephen Briggs is, like the fifth elephant, an important, but almost invisible part of the tale; he is masterful in conveying the characters and adds colour and humour to the whole story by his narration.
"Best "Watch" book, well read"
Most people have a preference when it comes to Discworld books -- some prefer Granny Weatherwax and the witches, some Rincewind and the wizards of unseen university, some Death. I prefer Sam Vimes and the City Watch, and since this is a "Watch" book, and the reader is competent, it was pretty much a given I'd enjoy it. (In fact, I've listened to it several times now.)
If you like the Watch, you'll buy this anyway, as well you should. For those who haven't read any of the Watch or indeed any of the Discworld novels, this would be a more than decent starting point. It's not the first of the City Watch novels, but arguably the best, and can easily be read out of sequence as the characters are (re-) introduced well enough in each novel, and the plot takes the protagonists to new hunting grounds anyway.
Recommended to anyone who likes Pratchett, or isn't sure yet.
"Not Pratchett's finest hour"
Middling Discworld tale.
Not at all.
He does characterisations brilliantly - love him as a Pratchett reader.
While this is entertaining and well worth a listen, there are many other Discworld novels worth going through before The Fifth Elephant.
"Werewolves, Vampires, Dwarves...and Vimes"
The idea of the Discworld becoming more globalised with the invention of the Klacks and the multicultural mixing of Ankh Morpork impacting on the events elsewhere. I also loved Gaspode and Carrot interacting on their journey to Uberwald. And Colon's meltdown while in charge of the Watch. Basically everything!
Men at Arms, Feet of Clay, Jingo, Thud etc - this is an essential read if you are following the City Watch arc of Discworld novels.
Stephen Briggs knows the Discworld and its characters inside out and it really shows - each character become a personality in themselves through his talented narration, and you can bet that this is as close to what Pratchett envisaged when he came up with each character as you can get.
I have listened to this book (and previously read it!) many times and could happily listen all in one sitting if i had the time.
We all know Terry Pratchett for the seemingly inexhaustible imagination of his Discworld series and yet again, he runs true to form. The Fifth Elephant is a wonderful juggernaut of a ride, lovingly encompassing his most vibrant characters, including Commander Vimes, Lady Cybill, Detritus,Cheery Littlebottom,Carrot , Angua and more. Add a tale set in a remote region called Ubervald, so vast that many of its denizens don't know that they live there, laugh out loud humour, and the usual Pratchett depth-if-you-want-it-but-not-bothered-if-you-don't because it's still a barrel of laughs, what on earth's, make that Discworld's not to like?
"5and a half weeks"
Massive Pratchett fan but found the unabridged version a bit too long, might as well read it but the abridged would be good. Nonetheless well done version which takes the guards on further.
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