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The town of Ankh-Morpork is in big trouble, and the City Watch is desperate for a few good men to protect it. But all they've got are the dwarves Corporal Carrot and Lance-constable Cuddy; the troll Lance-constable Detritus; Lance-constable Angua, who is believed to be a woman; and, worst of all, Corporal Nobbs, who has been disqualified from the human race for shoving!

These underdogs need all the help they can get, for they've been given only 24 hours to clean up the war-torn town.

(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1996; Copyright © Terry and Lyn Pratchett, 1993; Cover Illustration © Josh Kirby

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  • Christian
  • Christchurch, New Zealand
  • 12-11-12

Great Story - Terrible Production!

For the Pratchett fan - especially the City Watch books - this is another great story. It's the second Nigel Planer narration I've heard and I'm just not a huge fan. He's fine, but he's not Stephen Briggs and he has a tendency to voice many of his characters in a way that makes them sound a bit slow and dim witted.

I must endorse the comments of a previous reviewer that the production quality is truly awful - terrible sound quality and frequent jump cuts / continuity errors. It's bad enough I think Audible should clean it up or put it on permanent deep discount.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Fantastic story and audio problems

If you could sum up Men at Arms in three words, what would they be?

Fun Intelligent Hilarious

Who was your favorite character and why?

Cmd. Vimes

What didn’t you like about Nigel Planer’s performance?

While Nigel Planer's normal narrator voice is quite alright, I honestly don't like the voices he gives the different characters. They more or less sound nasal and slightly stupid all of them, save for a few ones.<br/>However, his narration pales in comparison to the audio editing, which is plagued by hissing background noise and sudden variations in sound levels.

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

Yes, without a doubt. But only because it's a Terry Pratchett story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Siri
  • Tromsø, Norway
  • 10-29-13

This is one of my favourite books

The book is lovely, Sam is a big man in my life after hearing about him. The watch is a place I would love to work if I had bin on Discworld.

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Exceptional

Wonderful performance to a brilliant, hilarious story! Loved every minute of it! The colourful, creative characters were given such vibrant life through the reader's amazing skill.

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Guards!!!

Terry pratchett makes the murder mystery fantastic when its in fantasy....on a turtle in space.

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Terry Pratchett was an amazing writer and Niger Pl

Terry Pratchett was an amazing writer and Niger Planer is the perfect reader! I can't get enough of The Disc World!

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I've stayed up way too late to hear the end of this story. Another excellent Terry Pratchett Discworld novel. I couldn't believe it when the main female character was shot 5 times at point blank range. I'd forgotten that fact from mythology.
A good read.

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Great book

Another great pratchett book can't wait to read the next I think I will download it now. Would highly recommend.

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No Audio Problems

Several of the reviews below mention audio or production problems, so just want to say I downloaded this audiobook in April 2014 and didn't notice any such problems.

Good, fun Discworld book. I'll be listening to more of them.

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  • Neal
  • Richmond Canada
  • 11-07-13

Great continuation of Pratchett's Guards novles

What did you love best about Men at Arms?

The light, often witty, humour that helps breakup the serious tone typically present in the novels i enjoy.

What other book might you compare Men at Arms to and why?

Pratchett's other books, particularly those following the Guards.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Narration was entertaining, however the quality of recording was very poor. Some transitions appeared to be much too long, while others overlapped. Also at certain points it sounded as if sections had been recorded either at a much greater distance and/or with a different mic. Regardless of the actual cause, the effect was very jarring.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 06-02-09

An excellent reading of a very good book

Listening to this rekindled all my love for the early days of the Watch and the guards. Although he's my favourite character, I rather like the fact that Vimes is off-stage for much of the time during this story, because it gives the rest of Pratchett's wonderful characters a chance to shine: Carrot and Angua, of course, but also Gaspode, Detritus, Cuddy, Nobby, Vetinari and even Colon.

Nigel Planer's reading is evocative and at times hilarious - he knows when to let the jokes speak for themselves and when to step up with a different voice.

I've read all the Discworld books, but this was the first one I'd listened to as an audiobook. I wasn't convinced I would enjoy the experience, but I'm now a complete convert.

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  • Daniel
  • 05-11-12

Great story, shame about the audio quality

The story is a classic Pratchett discworld story. It's the second in the guards series and very enjoyable.

Unfortunately the audio quality of this recording is fairly low quality. It sounds as though someone put a heavily used tape recording in to a tape player then connected that to a computer with a poor quality cable and hit play and record at the same time.

Some sections are better than others, on occasion the Nigel Planer's voice drops almost to a background level, other times it's still there at the forefront but there's still background static.

Nigel Planer does a good job with the work, however I'm not convinced about some of the voices he's come up with and one or two of the more intelligent characters come off sounding as thick as two short planks.

If you're an audiophile then this probably isn't for you, if you're sat in a loud car on your commute to work then just crank the volume up a bit.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Matthew
  • 09-08-12

Good book, same about the quality

Considering just how popular these books are, and how any new one in the series is instantly on best seller chart of this website its a shame that the early books havent had a touch up to be honest.

The quality here is poor, the book is great, but overall you cant say that this is a well constucted book.

Planer does an ok job (however some of his accents are way off, Colon been the best example) and if like me you downloaded one of the later books first you will instantly compare him to Briggs and rerally there is not much to say about that other than Briggs wins hands down

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Tron
  • 04-24-12

Get a casette instead

Don't get this, it sounds so bad; unless you like continual hiss of course. Exelent novel but this audible transfer is unbelivably bad and sounds like a casette you'd pay £1 for at a jumble sale and still feel hard done by. I can't believe audible feel this product is on a par with their other products.

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  • Just sam
  • 08-19-13

Disgraceful quality

I love this book and am a huge fan of "The Watch" branch of Pratchett. The story is great but the audio quality is horrendous, i am willing to put up with the odd foible in a 10 hour audiobook but this was ridiculous. There is a constant hiss, and whole sections of the book sound as if they are being read underwater.

I spoke to audible about it and they asked for specific time codes of when it happens. I provided some of these but pointed out that anyone listening to it for five minutes would know it is poor quality. They have yet to give a formal response other than it could take some time. Very disappointing as this is one of my favorite Vimes books.

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  • Aaron Rowe
  • 12-05-17

great read, good listen.

brilliant usual pratchett. great story, but sometimes planers character voices are very similar, confusing the story at points. otherwise recommend!

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  • 11-13-17

wonderful discworld

as a long time can of pratchett I'm always going to enjoy his books.
the narrator was ok but some of the accents, namely Angua were not quite right. Angus is a powerful female but is made to sound slow witted and doughy . however it was a fantastic listen. I would listen to other things he has narrated.

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  • JDEVLIN
  • 09-15-16

Excellent Disc world story

Yet another brilliant Terry Pratchett outing in Ankmorpork. Good quality & narrated well.

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  • mentally unbalanced
  • 08-17-16

The Story of Sam Vimes and the watch continues!

The sequel to Guards! Guards! is a great book and in some ways surpasses the original. The original cast of misfits returns plus some new faces. Well worth a listen.

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  • mr
  • 08-06-16

Excellent story

Very enjoyable!
I don't know what all the dripping is all about on previous reviews. Nigel was a brilliant narrator and captures the characters perfectly.
The quality is absolutely fine.
Terry, what a guy! RIP. (I wonder how that conversation with death went)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 10-29-16

Difficult.

The story line is complex and the character a little unrealistic. Not really my cup of tea at all.
For Pratchett's fans it is a must and still good value.

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  • dave
  • 07-09-16

Men at Arms

There's nothing I dislike about this story. It has Gaspode, The City Watch, Vetinari, Ridcully & The Librarian
As ever a brilliant interpretation by Nigel Planer
Needless to say, another favourite

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  • Stephen
  • 03-15-16

Hilarious

So funny and entertaining and such a good sorry.
Well read with the characters and voices
Beautiful story with twists and turns and unexpected but clever plot devices.
Well worth reading but be sure to read Guards! Guards! First.

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  • liam
  • 03-02-16

great

loved it, listened to it at the gym, might have looked a bit insane laughing while I lifted weight.

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  • Emily
  • 01-25-15

Love Vimes love carrot

An excellent story once again from Terry Pratchett. Beautifully read by Nigel Planer with all the voices to make the twin cities of Ankh and Morpork come pounding through my nostrils.