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Publisher's Summary

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

Truth! Justice! Freedom! And a hard boiled egg!

Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch had it all. But now he's back in his own rough, tough past without even the clothes he was standing up in when the lightning struck.

Living in the past is hard. Dying in the past is incredibly easy. But he must survive; he has a job to do. He must track down a murderer, teach his young self to be a good copper, and change the outcome of a bloody rebellion. There's a problem: if he wins, he's got no wife, no child, no future.

This is a Discworld Tale of One City, with a full chorus of street urchins, rebels secret policemen, and other children of the revolution.

©1992 Terry Pratchett and Lynn Pratchett; (P)1997 ISIS Publishing Ltd.

Critic Reviews

"British author Pratchett's storytelling, a clever blend of Monty Pythonesque humor and Big Questions about morality and the workings of the universe, is in top form...in the phenomenally bestselling Discworld series." (Publishers Weekly)
"The author's talent for comedy does not falter as he continues to set the standard for comic fantasy." (Library Journal)
"Stephen Briggs's voices add dimension to the characters while avoiding exaggeration. He brings out the satire without compromising the subtlety of the humor....The series is meant to be read aloud." (AudioFile)

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Everything I love about Terry and Discworld

One of the best about Vimes and the Watch. Makes you think and always, very entertaining.

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As usual, amazing story by Terry and great performance by Briggs. Isis has issues though. Dunno what their issue is with a lot of the earlier books but man...this one the audio issue recipes around sound equalizing. You'll find yourself constantly having to adjust your treble and bass from one chapter to the other, be warned. Just don't complain to Audible. We already lost the ability to download Jingo in the states because of a similar complaint. Let's not lose another great part of the Discworld series. ;)

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excellent book, bad audio

The story is amazing as Pratchett always is. The source audio is very low quality, and there are a lot of compression artifacts.

still worth it though

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amazing book, old audio

As an avid reader of Terry Pratchett, this book was everything I wanted. the old audio was noticable, but not too annoying.

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favorite book ever

I love this book...and as always it has plenty of currently relevant insights, both personal and sociopolitical....enjoy

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My favorite Discworld book

This is my favorite Discworld book. For many reasons.

The first time you listen to it. Finish it, then start it again. It's a different experience.

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bad audio quality great book and voice actor

the sound quality is like a recording of an old cassette player playing into a microphone.

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An especially fantastic Terry Pratchett book

I love Terry Pratchett audiobooks in general, but this one was especially good. It's best to know the characters before you get into this one, though.

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Great Story and Performance, Poor Audio Quality

Night Watch is one of our favorite books, and I highly recommend any of Terry Pratchett's books. The book and performance would get 5 stars, but this recording quality is subpar. This review is for the audio version in particular.

Stephen Briggs is one of my favorite audio book performers, but the equalization on this version is so poor that some of the higher tones were actually painful. If we turned it down, we couldn't hear the lower tones at all. At times there was a heavy staticky feel to it, like old radio recordings, followed by moments of great digital clarity.

We'd just finished listening to Thud! on the same system, and it did not have any of these issues, so it is definitely the digital file and not the system.

Despite this being one of our favorite books, read by one of our favorite performers, we probably will not listen to it again unless the audio is remastered or equalized better. It loses two stars because of the poor audio quality.

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Amazing story. Horrible quality.

What would have made Night Watch better?

This is one of T. Pratchett's best, and Stephen Briggs is so, so good. I've read or listened to it (on CD) a dozen times. But the quality of this product is really terrible. I am not an audio expert, but couldn't they have made this sound better?? I honestly don't remember it sounding this scratchy and old when I last listened to it on CD, but maybe I considered that part of the charm? In my opinion, it's unlistenable, and I'm returning it because I know I'll never be able to get through the whole thing. I can't believe more people haven't mentioned the poor quality.

Listen to the sample before purchasing!!