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"Unadulterated fun. Pratchett parodies everything in sight." (San Francisco Chronicle)
Well now of coarse I am 65, but still a great fan of Audible
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!
"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!
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!
"A review about narrators, Planer versus Briggs"
I am a confirmed Night Watch fan so I am not going to talk about the story. When I bought this download, I really wanted a review about the difference in narrators, which I couldn't find, so perhaps this will be of interest. My advice is: Stick with it, even if you have to grit your teeth for the whole of Part 1 because everyone sounds different. I very, very nearly gave up on Stephen Briggs and contemplated asking Audible if I could return the audiobook, but because I couldn't bear not to hear the story, I persevered - and as so often the case, I'm very glad I did. Of course Briggs sounds very different, and I still don't understand why ALL the accents had to change (surely he could have picked up some of the characters in the voices established by Planer?), but I can honestly say that I now consider him a far better reader in all respects. Just to warn you: two major stumbling blocks for me were (and to a degree remain) Carrot - now a rather whiny Welshman whose voice, to me at least, doesn't match up to his physical description - and Colon, who has stopped being a likable Irishman and become a pompous and (partly due to the story) thoroughly obnoxious, verging on Fascist Dad's Army-type idiot. Also, Briggs starts this story at a worryingly slow pace. Fortunately he then picks up the reading speed (presumably as he gets into his own Pratchett stride) without actually gabbling as Planer can occasionally do. On the plus side, Briggs is much more consistent than Planer, who (as we all know) tends to get his character voices muddled (very unprofessional).Most importantly in my view, Vimes is absolutely spot-on. Sibyl too comes into her own in this story. Briggs does absolute justice to all the humour in the story and his Inigo made me laugh out loud.
In conclusion, don't hesitate to buy this story despite the change in narrator and give Briggs the benefit of the doubt for the first few hours. By the end you will be a convert.
"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!
"Wonderful story, alright recording."
Only downside is that it is a copy of an older taped recording, otherwise it is as always excellent.
Really like the Briggs narration compared to other readings and wish more were available! Carrot and Vimes' accent is spot on! Great listening from start to finish
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.
"Great story, didn't like narrator"
Narrator should have listened to previous book, or narrate them all. It's difficult to listen to different accents for characters you already know, don't even get me started on DEATH!
"The City Watch heads to Uberwald..."
A bit of an odd question given the nature of inner monologue, but I would say it accurately reflects the tone and story conveyed in the book. The story about the Watch venturing into the Discworld's equivalent of Transylvania holds up and is an absolute delight to listen to.
It has to be the one mentioned in the blurb where Vimes is pursued for sport by werewolves. Genuinely tense but at the same time tinged with typical Discworld humour (after all, having a near-Death experience on the Disc does mean you get to have a chat with someone, even if that someone is a seven-foot tall skeleton in a robe).
When I was originally listening to the City Watch books in sequence, it was jarring to go from Nigel Planer to Stephen Briggs. However, Briggs has a fanatical devotion to the Discworld and many of his performances are "truer" of the material e.g. dwarves all speaking in Welsh accents, Sgt. Colon actually sounds like a stereotypical bobby rather than a daft Irishman, etc. By the end of the story I felt comfortable with Stephen Briggs as the narrator, and his joy for the material does show!
I have done, several times.
Don't go in expecting a parody of "The Fifth Element" (the fifth element is actually "surprise" on the Discworld and not "love" like in that film!), the title is just a bit of wordplay. This is also the fifth in a series set within the Discworld, so do check out Guards! Guards!, Men at Arms, Feet of Clay and Jingo too.
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