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Monstrous Regiment Audiobook

Monstrous Regiment: Discworld #31

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War has come to Discworld...again. And, to no one's great surprise, the conflict centers around the small, insufferably arrogant, strictly fundamentalist duchy of Borogravia, which has long prided itself on its ability to beat up on its neighbors. This time, however, it's Borogravia that's getting its long-overdue comeuppance, which has left the country severely drained of young men.

Ever since her brother Paul marched off to battle a year ago, Polly Perks has been running The Duchess, her family's inn, even though the revered national deity, Nuggan, has decreed that female ownership of a business is an Abomination. To keep The Duchess in the family, Polly must find her missing sibling. So she cuts off her hair, dons masculine garb, and sets out to join him in this man's army.

Polly is afraid that someone will see through her disguise; a fear that proves groundless when the legendary Sergeant Jackrum accepts her without question. Or perhaps the sergeant is too desperate to discriminate, which would explain why a vampire, a troll, a zombie, a religious fanatic, and two uncommonly close "friends" are also eagerly welcomed into the fighting fold. Soon, Polly finds herself wondering about the myriad peculiarities of her new brothers-in-arms. It would appear that Polly "Ozzer" Perks is not the only grunt with a secret.

©2003 Terry Pratchett; (P)2003 HarperCollins Publishers Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Terry Pratchett's hilarious prose is significantly enhanced by the narrative skills of Stephen Briggs....Briggs and Pratchett are magnificent." (AudioFile)
"Thoroughly funny and surprisingly insightful." (Booklist)

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    Raine shoreline, WA, USA 05-20-05
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    "You can't read just one"

    If you haven't read/heard Pratchett, do yourself a favor and get one. There are many to choose from, and if you like one you're in for a lot more fun.

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    L. Williams Philadelphia, PA USA 03-04-13
    L. Williams Philadelphia, PA USA 03-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Monstrous Regiment to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, but the narration is so stellar that I can't imagine any way that I could enjoy this more than on Audible. In fact, I have a friend who is a fan of Terry Pratchett and am constantly telling him that he ought to get Audible to enjoy the books to their fullest.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Terry Pratchett makes the characters so real that I'm invested in them almost immediately. These are people I want to meet. They're layered and complex. The writing is among the best I've ever encountered in any genre. My favorite Discworld books feature Sam Vimes and the Watch - some of whom make an appearance here.


    What about Stephen Briggs’s performance did you like?

    He brings every one of the characters to life and captures Pratchett's gorgeous and funny prose with pitch perfection.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Don't Ask, Don't Tell


    Any additional comments?

    While this book can be enjoyed as a stand-alone, I think the impact is even greater when read after the City Watch books and The Truth. It really is a triumph of storytelling and brought tears to my eyes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    I LOVE this book! My first Pratchett, made me a total addict! Hilarious! If you like Monty Python, Neil Gaimen, or Douglas Adams, I recommend these books.

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    Fernando J. Bravo Cornejo 11-19-17 Member Since 2014
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    it was a pleasure listening to this audiobook, the narrator did a splendid job portraying the characters. It's a great story about the fight for gender equality

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    KB 11-14-17
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    The story is awesome. The narration is impecible. But the bloody music interspersed throughout the recording is ridiculous. Whoever thought that was a good idea should be shot. Especially since the music plays over the narration.
    AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

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    Katherine 09-24-17
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    One of my favorite discworld books. The truths in it always hit so close to home. It's a great testament to Pratchett's skill as a writer that he can communicate the female experience so truthfully, deal with issues like war and national pride, but still include humour in every scene. Bridge's reading is spectacular as always.

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    "Monstrous fun"

    I've read this book twice so far. I absolutely love it. It may be my favorite in the series. If I had a better way to type, I'd add a bit more, but on this keyboard, too much disappears!😄 I will listen again soon.

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    Kindle Customer wellman 07-14-17
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    "A first class read"

    Steven Briggs breathes life into every page . I buy more Briggs than painter because hi style is unmistakable. The story is hilarious . I have often wondered if a "man's" service could be done by a woman . He makes a good argument that "women"can be accepted if they were "men".

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    Amazon Customer Lansing, MI 07-13-17
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    i really wish they would not put music between the chapters. It disrupts the flow of the story.

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    Gloria 02-14-17
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    "Pratchett still has it!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The obvious and nuanced references to society and human nature are sophisticated yet easily accessible. And, most importantly, humorous and not preachy.


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