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Thud!: Discworld, Book 34 | [Terry Pratchett]

Thud!: Discworld, Book 34

Koom Valley? That was where the trolls ambushed the dwarfs, or the dwarfs ambushed the trolls. It was far away. It was a long time ago. 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.
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Koom Valley? That was where the trolls ambushed the dwarfs, or the dwarfs ambushed the trolls. It was far away. It was a long time ago.

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.

Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards.

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©2005 Terry and Lyn Pratchett; (P)2005 Isis Publishing Ltd

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    Heath McKinley Melbourne, AUS 07-25-15
    Heath McKinley Melbourne, AUS 07-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Overall a great book, read well but a few issues with accents."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Siri Tromsø, Norway 07-10-13
    Siri Tromsø, Norway 07-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "The Somening Dark"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jessie Queanbeyan, Australia 03-04-13
    Jessie Queanbeyan, Australia 03-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Briggs brings out the best of Pratchett"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What about Stephen Briggs’s performance did you like?

    I love Briggs' character voices; they really bring the work to life.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


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    Marcel Amsterdam, Netherlands 12-06-12
    Marcel Amsterdam, Netherlands 12-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Pratchett delightful as ever, Briggs superb"
    If you could sum up Thud! in three words, what would they be?

    delightful, mind-bending


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Thud!?

    Vimes finally missing his 6 o'clock appointment


    What about Stephen Briggs’s performance did you like?

    No one else should ever be allowed to read Prachett


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

    Of course


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    Simmons Brookton, Australia 12-01-12
    Simmons Brookton, Australia 12-01-12
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    "Sam Vines at his best again"

    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!

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    Robert Terranora, Australia 07-31-12
    Robert Terranora, Australia 07-31-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Another very good novel"

    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.

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  • Vinca
    Brampton, Cumbria, United Kingdom
    7/30/08
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    "Hrrruuurrh"

    As a long time lover of discworld it was hard to pick which book to start with for my discworld audio experience. With Discworld celebrating its 25th anniversary there are plenty to choose from! It had to be unabridged and then had to be Stephen Briggs, so familiar to many discworld fans for his adaptations for the stage. Listening to a few clips I finally decided on Thud! - Vimes at his best. It was a complete joy to listen to, with the characters leaping out of the speakers and coming to life. It is a great book read by a man who vividly recreated the atmosphere and humour of the discworld. In particular I loved the reading of 'Where's my cow?' to young Sam, with '...it goes Hrrruurrrh.That's not my cow, it's a hippopotamus...' having me in fits of giggles even after replaying that short bit many times! A really great listen that I would reccommend to either seasoned discworld fans or those who are new to Pratchett. Hours of fun to be enjoyed over and over again. Hrrruurrrrh!

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Cornish Jan
    England
    3/20/08
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    "Fantastic story, great reading"

    Pratchett always has great stories but this is read so well. So many characters, each with an individual voice and, what is more, the exactly right one! Brilliant reading. brilliant writing. A match made in Heaven!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • H. Paisley
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    11/23/07
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    "Don't hesitate!"

    This is Pratchett at his best. Fantastic, very entertaining story. As usual, leaves me wondering how on earth he thinks these story lines up. If you are a fan of Sam Vimes, this one is definitely for you. And I must comment on Stephen Briggs. I've heard many a favourite story ruined by the wrong reader, but Stephen Briggs is ABSOLUTELY PERFECT. I can't imagine anyone reading it better than he does.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Roger
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    2/15/10
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    "The best discworld team!"

    Stephen Briggs is just brilliant! I'm afraid Tony Robbins and Nigel Planer just can't hold a candle to this fella. I was in fits of laughter for the full duration of the story and found myself absolutely absorbed by the depth he brings to the discworld.
    This is the best "Watch" story yet. I hope a Briggs re-telling of "Gaurds Gaurds" is on the way?

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Will
    Cambridge, United Kingdom
    11/8/11
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    "One of my favourite discworld books."

    "Thud!" is the 30th adult Discworld novel, but if asked to rank them I would put it near the top. Several of the books after this have been a bit lacklustre for me, but this one is amazing.

    This is Vimes and Co. at their best, and is a brilliant and funny study of racial prejudice and mob mentality told with Pratchett's characteristic optimism and faith in humanity. The Discworld seems a richer and more believable world than ever, and I really hope Pratchett has time to elaborate on the hints of troll culture he makes here. Several of the new characters are also brilliant.

    I really like Stephen Briggs's readings, much more than Nigel Planar. It's true he seems to feel the need to give every single character a different accent, which is a bit odd, but does certainly help to distinguish them. His voices are great, and his Vimes is spot-on.

    The only warning I would give is that by this point in the series a certain amount of foreknowledge of the Discworld mythos is helpful. It's not as bad as in some subsequent books, but I would say there are other books that it would be better to start with (Feet of Clay, maybe - that's another of my favourite Vimes books). Still, if you've read a Discworld book before, you can't do much better than this for your next one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mary
    Cleveland, United Kingdom
    8/21/09
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    "One of the best ones"

    Very nice. Lots of stuff about the dwarves. Carrot, Angua and Cheery feature prominently, which is always a good sign. Fairly taut plot and not too much dawdling for predictable jokes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Harry
    7/23/15
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    "Great story, slight issues with the audio"

    Thud is brilliant, a great story from a great series. Pratchett never fails to impress.
    The audio has a slight issue between one or two of the chapters so you get a few seconds repeated but nothing serious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mark new
    7/17/15
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    "legend"

    I absolutely love it...what a fantastic author and a fantastic story fantastically narrated ..... what more can I say ....insert name here lol

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lisa
    7/15/15
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    "Brilliant!"

    Lets face it, what Terry Pratchett fan wouldn't like this book. Funny and at times nicely thoughtful 😃

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew Ward
    6/9/15
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    "Sam Vimes"

    Sam Vimes does it again the detective copper hunts to where few would follow , really great book audio skips in a few places but doesn't really affect the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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