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"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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"Pratchett in top form"
I am a fan of Terry Pratchett novels and am amazed at how prolific he is while maintaining the quality of his output. This is one of his better recent efforts. Pratchett's books always have one or two inspired comic ideas and this one is no exception. It is worth reading for the vampire photographer with flash-photography issues alone. Well worth a listen if you like quirky humour in the vein of Douglas Adams and Robert Rankin.
"In the unlikely event you've never read Pratchett"
I wasn't going to review Terry Pratchett's Discworld books, simply because he is such a well known author that everyone already knows that this book, like all the Discworld books, will be funny, imaginative and have everything you want in it to keep you coming back and re-reading year after year. Most Audible listeners also know that all the main narrators that read Pratchett's books (Stephen Briggs, Nigel Planer and Tony Robinson) are all amazing, bringing the book and it's characters to life in a way that earns their five star reviews.
If you are actually a new listener on the other-hand this might really help.
Firstly despite the order they were written in my suggestion would be to start with the guards series. Pratchett has developed a complicated world with several in jokes and this is an easy way to enter it, as the books introduce the reader to the main city from which much of the action takes place. The guards series is arguably one of the most popular and after the first book has a strong cast of both male and female characters. I should warn that some of the other series' books are set before the events in the Watch novels but I still found this the most accessible way, into this vast fictional world.
The order of the guards books are Guards Guards, Men at Arms, Feet Of Clay, Jingo, The Fifth Elephant, Night watch, Thud and Snuff (there are also spin off books that are mentioned in the series). From there you can either start reading the witches novels if you prefer female leads, Rincewind if you prefer male or stay in the city with some of what are often refer to as the `industrial' novels like The Truth, Going Postal and Making Money. Guides to reading order can easily be found on the net if you don't want to go by publication date.
I would also think twice before buying the abridged versions. Tony Robinson as a narrator is brilliant but so are the other narrators and a lot of the plot and humor is cut to fit so much into such a short time. I've listened to most of them and I'd personally go with unabridged every time.
Mt Tulip and Mr Pin, The New Firm, Millenium Hand and Shrimp I told 'em! Now my favouite Discworld book.
one of the best books from sir terry pratchett colection of the disk world stories
"Great Discworld story"
Another great story of the discworld. I've read them all, and am working through the audio books during long journeys. Love Pratchett's work and after the older Tony Robinson ones this is my favourite narrator.
The Guards stories are my preference and this is a great one. Would recommend the story to those new to or totally familiar with the Discworld
Really like this story and the characters. Exciting with a very cool twist on the end. Witty, great pace of the story unfolding. The narrator Stephen Briggs is my favourite!
"Terry at his best!"
I love this novel! Terry introduces William Deworda, and the start of the press in . the usual mix of lord vetinary, the watch and the wizards, trolls and Dwarfs. I love the use of the vampire as an iconographer. it is like coming home to your family, to be able keep up with the chacters as they grow throughout the series. this one of my favorites and I own them all.
Stephen Briggs reads Terry Pratchett books perfectly in the same way Stephen Fry is the voice of Harry Potter books and Michael Jayston is the voice of John Le Carre. He needs to record the earlier books now.
As usual, entertaining and beautifully read. Anything written by Pratchett and narrated by Briggs is good.
"Much better than I remembered"
Although I had read it before I couldn't remember much about The Truth before returning to it as part of a rerun of many Pratchetts in honour of the great man's passing. It was therefore a huge pleasure to rediscover it as the kicking off point of what I think of as the best of his works - the late Ankh Morpork books. Although it doesn't feature the same central characters it very much acts as the forerunner of the later Moist von Lipwig books which I regard as Pratchett's best works. It features the same type of reluctant central character (albeit William de Worde is much more diffident) and the same cynical but humanist streak.
On the back of this re-listen, I would now recommend The Truth as a good starting point for a Pratchett neophyte as it features many of the strongest characteristics of his late work while also not being too fantasy heavy so as to put off a casual reader.
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