But if he doesn't solve the murder of just one dwarf, Commander Sam Vimes of Ankh-Morpork City Watch is going to see it fought again, right outside his office.
With his beloved Watch crumbling around him and war drums sounding, he must unravel every clue, outwit every assassin, and brave any darkness to find the solution. And darkness is following him.
Oh, and at six o'clock every day, without fail, with no excuses, he must go home to read Where's My Cow?, with all the right farmyard noises, to his little boy. There are just some things you have to do.
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"He may write benign comedy but he knows how horribly complicated and exciting the Universe is." (The Times)
"Imaginative, witty and consistent ... Everything that the 30th novel in a fantasy sequence ought to be, and more." (SFX Magazine)
A hilarious book. I started laughing in a otherwise quite room in the middle of work, when it got near to the end. One of the best terry Pratchett books and my personal favourite thus far.
I've read all of the Discworld series multiple times and I guess I have a pretty good understanding of all the characters nuances. Although Stephen Briggs did a good job narrating I think that some of the accents and inflections didn't live up to characters. Sam Vimes is a hardened street cop often compared to a Dirty Harry type but doesn't come across this way through the narration. Sgt. Colon sounds nothing like he should and even Carrot is not quite right. I understand it can't be easy to voice all the characters seamlessly but I think it's a must for such important roles.
Overall though I think that THUD is a fantastic story and I'd recommend this version for those who haven't read the hard copy.
I am a bit surprised that I am disappointed in this story. I feel that it is a bit rushed, do not get me wrong it still a good book, but it lacks something.
Yes, definitely. I am a huge fan of Pratchett's work, and Briggs brings out the best in it: laugh-out-loud humour, fun, and insight into our world and his.
Vimes. He's cynical, mistrustful, a little bit prejudiced, and plenty flawed, but for all that, he's our hero, and he's a genuinely good, genuinely likeable man who can carry the listener along with his experience.
I love Briggs' character voices; they really bring the work to life.
The denouement of this book never fails to move me as the battle between light and dark over the heart of a good man reaches its peak.
Vimes finally missing his 6 o'clock appointment
No one else should ever be allowed to read Prachett
Love the Sam Vines book and his character development. Once again Disc World is in chaos. Look for the little bits of humour, they are the best, although I wonder if the last laugh isn't on all of us!
This was another very good novel from Terry Pratchett and also a good narration. Although Pratchett writes each story to be fully self-contained, this should be read before Snuff (which I did not do). Enjoy.
"My Favourite Pratchett by Far"
Full to the brim with interesting concepts and ideas with 'That's Not My Cow' to add to the fun. Definitely one of Pratchett's most well rounded novels.
"Great story and narrator but playback problems"
Occasionally skipped backwards and forwards a few seconds. Tested on multiple devices, android and apple.
This is my favourite Pratchett book. Funny and full of adventure and intrigue.
Beautiful read my Steven Briggs, I could listen to him all day.
"The best Discworld book of all time"
Our beloved Sam Vimes faces a new adventure in the form of an age old feud between dwarves and trolls. He must keep his coppers safe, his city safe and his family safe. A perfectly written story with delightful characters, insightful plots and a twist ending.
"The epitome of the City Watch books"
I find it hard to pick one point - there's an undercurrent of modern issues being deconstructed throughout the story (I'm looking at you, Grags) but they don't get in the way of the story being its own thing. Lots of teases of threads from previous City Watch books are grabbed at and a few jabs are thrown at other stories that were popular at the time (a prolonged sequence where Nobby and Colon are thrown into the Discworld's equivalent of the Da Vinci Code is a joy). However, it's one long mystery that builds and builds and does not fail to deliver as Vimes has to confront his own darkness come the end.
A bit of an odd question - I suppose I would say this is a companion piece to Night Watch (the previous book in the City Watch series). The two stories are very different in tone but if Night Watch raised the stakes then this book actually took them even higher.
Where's my cow? I'm not going to explain that, but it is possibly one of the greatest scenes ever written (and then voiced).
Again, I don't want to give spoilers. If you like the City Watch books, you *need* to listen to this. I would argue it's probably best to read the book in your own head first but Stephen Briggs does an admirable job of voicing it.
One of the best stories ever written.
really great book, excellent reading, really enjoyed the way the characters were bought to life.
The book and audio book are both excellent. Well worth it. Narration was spot on.
I think you can't escape the social commentary, that seems to fit the world.. in such a brilliantly written story about politics & things that go bump in the night!!
"thus a great story"
fantastic story. narrator was great & got into the different roles really well. altogether BRILLIANT
"Marred by skips"
Wonderful story, well read, if a little dryly. Recording skips in several places. I do own the hardcopy, so I didn't miss anything I didn't already know, but it's a frustration nonetheless.
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