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The Truth: Discworld #25 | [Terry Pratchett]

The Truth: Discworld #25

William de Worde, the accidental editor of Discworld's first newspaper, just wants to get to the truth. Unfortunately, everyone else wants to get at William. And it's only the third edition. Browse more novels of Discworld.
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Publisher's Summary

William de Worde is the accidental editor of Discworld's first newspaper. Now he must cope with the traditional perils of a journalist's life - people who want him dead, a recovering vampire with a suicidal fascination for flash photography, some more people who want him dead in a different way and, worst of all, the man who keeps begging him to publish pictures of his humorously shaped potatoes.William just wants to get to the truth. Unfortunately, everyone else wants to get at William. And it's only the third edition....

This is the 25th volume in the Discworld series. Browse more novels of Discworld.

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

What the Critics Say

"Pratchett's brand of humor has intelligence and satiric relevance...he has much to say about the world." (Publishers Weekly)

"Unadulterated fun...Witty, frequently hilarious." (San Francisco Chronicle)

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    "Not Terry Pratchetts best but entertaining"

    I purchased this book with some hesitation due to the fact Nigel Planer was not the narrator. There was a review that said that Stephen Briggs was just as good and not to let the change in narrator put you off. Well after having listened I disagree with the previous review. While Stephen is certainly not a bad reader, he just does not due justice to Nigel?s reading. While I would not say skip this book, because it was entertaining, I would be prepared for the change in readers it makes a big difference.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron CLEVELAND, OH, United States 08-19-13
    Aaron CLEVELAND, OH, United States 08-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    Where does The Truth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Truth is hands down my favorite Terry Pratchett book of all time. The audiobook is very well done. The quality of the recording is excellent and Stephen Briggs does an amazing job with some fairly tricky dialogue.

    If you have listened to Going Postal or Making Money (hopefully in that order) and enjoyed them, then this is definitely the book for you.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mr Tulip. Pratchett has always been very creative with language, especially as it pertains to curse words. I love how he often makes a reader fill in the blanks with suggestive wordplay. This book is an example of that wordplay at its best.


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

    Again, Mr. Tulip. Although Otto is a close second.


    Any additional comments?

    This book deals with some very deep philosophical elements and is well constructed from start to finish. The multiple storylines, the humor, and technical craft to bring it all together. If you haven't listened to it or read it, both are well worth the time. The audiobook in particular is an extremely enjoyable experience.

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    Michael Fort Belvoir, VA, United States 07-07-13
    Michael Fort Belvoir, VA, United States 07-07-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Exceptional example of British Satire and Fantasy"
    What made the experience of listening to The Truth the most enjoyable?

    I have read/listened to many of the books in the Discworld series. There are several different story arcs throughout this series. This arc addresses the discovery of the printing press and the establishment of the newspaper in the city. Vampire camera man who has sworn off blood. Dwarves invented and run the press. Chief Editor is discovering that all the all his employees are spending all their time feeding the press. Very funny and cerebral story if you are a fan of satire and british humor it is a winner. If you like satire and intelligent fantasy give it a try. If you have never listened to any Terry Pratchett this is good one to start with another I would highly recommend is Guards Guards.


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    Chris Nashville, TN 07-06-13
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    "The Truth Shall Make Thee Fret"

    This is one of Pratchett's books that nearly make you forget that you aren't reading about Earth. The depth and humor of The Truth is on par with many of Pratchett's other blockbuster novels, and proves once again that his work can only loosely be called fantasy. If you have not read the book, stop reading this and get started listening right now.

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    Toni Cathedral City, CA, United States 08-20-12
    Toni Cathedral City, CA, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "I love Sir Terry Pratchett!"

    Humorous, imaginative, incredibly creative, these adjectives apply to all of the Disc World series, and "The Truth" is one of his best. This novel is about the invention of journalism in the city of Ankh Morepork. And, as the newspaper's slogan says "The truth shall make you fret."

    Get this book.

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    Barbara Ann Bakersfield, CA, USA 08-29-08
    Barbara Ann Bakersfield, CA, USA 08-29-08
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    "nice"

    I'm listening to it right now and it seems to have downloaded well.
    The first download tried to automatically download both parts of the book at the same time and failed 1/4 of the way through.
    So, I'm glad that I could try again for free and do them one at a time which worked better.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Angel Greenville, NC, USA 06-07-07
    Angel Greenville, NC, USA 06-07-07
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    "Long winded but cute"

    It was not that terribly interesting or clever, it's an overlong telling of how the newspaper was born in this odd little world. As they come up with novel ideas like calling it the Times it tends to drag. Even unusual beings such as vampires and wizards don't make it better. I usually love british books & british humour but I found this one to be a bit tedious.

    2 of 11 people found this review helpful
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