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Publisher's Summary

The Ankh-Morpork Post Office is running like...well, not at all like a government office. The mail is delivered promptly; meetings start and end on time; five out of six letters relegated to the Blind Letter Office ultimately wend their way to the correct addresses. Postmaster General Moist von Lipwig, former arch-swindler and confidence man, has exceeded all expectations: including his own. So it's somewhat disconcerting when Lord Vetinari summons Moist to the palace and asks, "Tell me, Mr. Lipwig, would you like to make some real money?"

Vetinari isn't talking about wages, of course. He's referring, rather, to the Royal Mint of Ankh-Morpork, a venerable institution that has run for centuries on the hereditary employment of the Men of the Sheds and their loyal outworkers, who do make money in their spare time. Unfortunately, it costs more than a penny to make a penny, so the whole process seems somewhat counterintuitive.

Next door, at the Royal Bank, the Glooper, an "analogy machine", has scientifically established that one never has quite as much money at the end of the week as one thinks one should, and the bank's chairman, one elderly Topsy (née Turvy) Lavish, keeps two loaded crossbows at her desk. Oh, and the chief clerk is probably a vampire.

But before Moist has time to fully consider Vetinari's question, fate answers it for him. Now he's not only making money, but enemies too; he's got to spring a prisoner from jail, break into his own bank vault, stop the new manager from licking his face, and, above all, find out where all the gold has gone: otherwise, his life in banking, while very exciting, is going to be really, really short.

©2007 Terry and Lyn Pratchett (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • Locus Award, Best Fantasy Novel, 2008

"An educational and entertaining mirror of human squabbles and flaws." (Publishers Weekly)

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the music must go

love the disc world it's always better than rain.
I hated the music horribly distracting.

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Well done

I enjoyed this man's rendition of one of my favorite Terry Pratchett books. Highly recommend.

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One of his best writings!

I love intellectual sarcastic satire! The narrator does an excellent job as well. it's the second in one of my favorite trilogies of all time!

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  • Sardine
  • Central Illinois USA
  • 08-05-17

Another winner from Sir Terry

What made the experience of listening to Making Money: Discworld #36 the most enjoyable?

As usual, Stephen Briggs brings the Discworld characters to life. Even though he has narrated many of Pratchett's books with many different characters he manages to give each character a distinct presence and makes them recognizable from one book to another. This is quite a feat when working with such an enormous cast of characters.

What did you like best about this story?

Moist von Lipwig is one of my favorite Discworld characters. Just when you think he can't go any further out on the ledge he flings himself over.

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The transition music between chapters was very bizarre and distracting. It was quite out of place and pulled me out of the story. I had to re-immerse myself back into the story with each new chapter.

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My second Pratchett book...

When I first started reading Terry Pratchett, I began with Moist Von Lipwig and "Going Postal". I chose to listen to these to pick up the story from a different perspective.

Having read many of Terry's books, I can see now why this doesn't come across as strong as past works but it still makes for a very enjoyable listen.

My only production/performance critique is the use of musical intro/outro bits. That is extremely frustrating to listen to as they are often loud off the charts and played over some of the narration. They serve no purpose to the story and only detract from the listening experience.

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get rid of the music!

I really disliked the annoying music between chapters. it disrupted the flow of the story.

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Great Read!

Just getting into Terry Pratchett and was very happy with this book. The narrator did a great job of giving the story the life it deserves.

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Great... except for the music breaks!

What made the experience of listening to Making Money: Discworld #36 the most enjoyable?

Stephen Briggs readings of Terry Pratchett stories are just spot on. He captures the characters, and wonderfully deep characters are what Pratchett is all about.

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Audible has added these weird, sudden musical breaks at the end of each chapter. They are not appropriate, musically. And they are really jarring. The first time one came up, I thought it was an error in the audio file (or my ipod was going into death throws). They happen waaaayyy too immediately after the last word of the story is uttered, and last too long. By the time the next chapter starts, I've totally dropped out of the story! Why, Audible, why?? Just take a 3 second break, and then start with "chapter four..."

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I have always enjoyed the Discworld series.

I am now listening to the books I have read and reread. Stephan Briggs is my favorite reader of this series.

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A delight.

Would recommend to anyone who loved Going Postal. Another great romp of the best dry humor by Pratchet .