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Monstrous Regiment Audiobook

Monstrous Regiment: Discworld #31

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Katherine 09-24-17
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    "wonderful"

    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
    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
    Amazon Customer Lansing, MI 07-13-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story, great performance."

    i really wish they would not put music between the chapters. It disrupts the flow of the story.

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    Lee Breeggemann 09-05-16
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    "great, except for the music"

    great voices, entertaining story. music at the chapter transitions makes it hard to understand the words

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    Y 08-26-16
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    "There're no words to describe how much I love this"

    At first I thought this was just a fun adventure book about a girl disguised as a man in the army. But it's so much more... The discussion of religion, war, and the road to social change brings a whole new aspect to the story. Polly is probably one of my favourite protagonists of all time. She's an idealist, in a smart and practical way, but still an idealist at heart. The other characters each have an unique story and personality that made me love them. And the ending is so very satisfying. It's probably one of the 'easier' Discworld novels I've read, too-- the perspective doesn't change as much, so it's not hard to keep track of what's going on. Overall, I love this book-- funny, makes you think, makes you root for the characters, and very heartwarming at times.

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    Silvia Deirdre gregory 08-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Women's Rights Human Experience"

    Once again Terry Pratchett takes us down a tale of human feeling frailty and fate. He does it so easily it is possible to miss his consummate skill as a writer

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    Jonah 07-01-16
    Jonah 07-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "What a great and timely military parody!"

    Terry Pratchett never fails to be on point. This is a fun loose parallel to recent changes in the US military regarding women in combat roles. Each character is very well defined and has his or her own reasons for joining the military. Briggs is brilliant as usual in bringing these characters to life. If only Sir Terry Pratchett had left us more gems such as Monstrous Regiment!

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    Melissa J. Macourek tacoma 06-30-16
    Melissa J. Macourek tacoma 06-30-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing"

    Darn- er I mean damn good! I suggest reading The Truth also by this author

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    Tom 03-16-16
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    "I enjoy Terry Pratchett's books"

    This is a story of a girl pretending to be a man written by a man. The story is still good and would not like to say more. But any type of woman suffrage is just a story.

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