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The Shepherd's Crown Audiobook

The Shepherd's Crown

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Sir Terry Pratchett's final Discworld novel, which features the witch Tiffany Aching.

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  • Katherine
    8/28/15
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    ":'( it's the last one! "

    Can't believe it is over. I will just have to keep going back to all my favourites! GNU STP

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Beccameriel
    London, United Kingdom
    9/1/15
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    "Sad & elegiac but also funny because, of course..."

    I'm not entirely sure I can review this without becoming emotional. The whole book has an elegiac feel but Terry's humane vision shines throughout. Chapter 2 had me in floods of tears as a beloved character prepares for DEATH to pay one last visit. It's impossible not to feel this is Terry himself and, oh dear, I've set myself off again.

    Anyway - I love Tiffany and the Nac Mac Feegles but the book also contains call backs to other books - particularly Lords and Ladies (one of my favourites). I'm so glad Magrat gets to channel Queen Ynci again.

    Rob Wilkins explains in the afterword that it's not quite as finished as Terry wanted but I honestly don't think you can tell. Stephen Briggs does an excellent job narrating, as ever.

    We were so lucky to have had Terry to show us our world and our better selves with wild imagination and laughter that never really hides his righteous anger.

    I suppose you could read this without reading any of the other Tiffany Aching or witch books but why would you deny yourself the pleasure of getting to know this world and these characters.

    Obviously the last words should go to DEATH, "WE ARE ALL FLOATING IN THE WINDS OF TIME … AND YOU HAVE LEFT THE WORLD MUCH BETTER THAN YOU FOUND IT, AND IF YOU ASK ME, NOBODY COULD DO ANY BETTER THAN THAT." Indeed.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    8/28/15
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    "Another brilliant story"

    Shame this will be the last book in the disc world series. I am going to be lost without my disc world fix

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • JAYNE W
    8/29/15
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    "A beautiful Epitaph"

    As I wept and listened rivited to the plot from beginning to end as Stephen briggs brought every character to life in the exemplary way he has with sir Terry pratchetts amazing Discworld works of which I possess every sacred piece as they have enriched our families lives through the years the shepherds crown is a beautiful crowning piece I truly believe that not only granny aching but Granny weatherwax would say in their WORDS : THAT WILL DO and as Terry leaves us this crowning glory he can watch us from above with his head held truly high THANKYOU Terry and everyone involved with EVERY book I hold in such high esteem GOD BLESS YOU AND ANY FUTURE WOULD HAVE BEEN BOOKS WILL BE SADLY MISSED Mrs J B WILLIAMS.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • tim
    farnborough, United Kingdom
    8/28/15
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    "i loved it, but was still sad when it ended"
    Where does The Shepherd's Crown rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is a good story, with all the elements you expect. It is a good way for this series of books to end. It has the humor you expect, but it has the twist and sadness to. But it will leave you with a smile on your face


    What other book might you compare The Shepherd's Crown to, and why?

    How can you compare Terry pratchett to anyone else.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Briggs’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    He is the voice of the Discworld. If i think of a character, it is going to be with his voice.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I almost did not want to listen, knowing this is the last ever book. Laugh and cry, because of the story and because it is the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Will always be in my imagination.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • anne
    Bedford, United Kingdom
    9/4/15
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    "Sadly the last ever!"

    A good way to go out. Some parts were very moving and mirrored Terry's own situation. It was a good way for my favourite author and one of my favourite characters to meet the man with the white horse!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Frankie Mouse
    UK
    9/2/15
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    "A final trip to the discworld."

    A continuation of the story of Tiffany and a goodbye to many of our favorite characters.
    Terry managed to include many of his beloved creations in what he must have known would be his last discworld book.
    A touching ending.
    Not a stand alone novel. Please read the previous books first.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Shane
    9/1/15
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    "Crivens!"
    If you could sum up The Shepherd's Crown in three words, what would they be?

    Waily, waily, waily!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Its a toss up between the Wee little men (Nac Mac Feegle) and Nanny Ogg - they're all good characters but they do stand out for me


    What about Stephen Briggs’s performance did you like?

    Amazing - I love his impressions for the various characters


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I couldn't do it, to rush this would have been unfair to Sir Terry. Not that I think he would mind overly one way or the other so long as it was enjoyed - which this was.


    Any additional comments?

    As most will find, the book does tug at the heart strings at the beginning and throughout but the comic aspect is not lost and it had me laughing a loud on several occasions. I know most feel its a shame we won't get any more books by Sir Terry (and it is, no doubt) but I think they are focusing on what could have been instead of appreciating a wonderful writer, his creative mind and most of all the sense of humor I always enjoyed with the Discworld series.

    Truly a crowning achievement indeed (there will be many a pun on the crowning work).

    If you like / love Discworld series then this is a must for your collection, good old wee belly rumbler.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • English Country Life
    United Kingdom
    8/29/15
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    "Nearly made a grown man cry"
    What did you like most about The Shepherd's Crown?

    I think I loved most a story about death by a man who was himself dying. Indeed TP didn't give this book the final polish his other books got. Its none the worse for that.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Shepherd's Crown?

    The death of (spoiler alert)


    Granny Weatherwax.

    The "handover" to Tiffany made me wonder if this book is a metaphor for Terry handing over Discworld to his daughter Rhianna?


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Briggs – was your favourite?

    Stephen Briggs is masterful and plays all the characters well - indeed better than the other actors who have read the books (much better than Tony Robinson). I like the subtlety of Nanny Ogg and the Kelda - who are not "hammed up"


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not in one sitting - but in 24 hours


    Any additional comments?

    Terry, we will miss you. I hope you are happy and I thank you r the happiness you brought us all!

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • cherrypie
    8/29/15
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    "Bitter sweet"

    I cried most of the way through listening to this book, partly because I knew it was the last of a long line of amazing books, the end of hearing about the antics of fabulous characters I have relished reading about and I cried for the loss of a creative mind Terry Pratchett.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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