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Publisher's Summary

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, though: 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.

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©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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-28-16

love TErry and vimes is a brilliant character

performance excellent and dare I say it, better than Tony Robinson.
great story focused on the watch!

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  • Ruth Braham
  • 06-18-16

one of the best

Widely regarded as one of the best Discworld books that exists. It has everything; humour, gripping story line, subtle philosophy etc

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  • kerry
  • 06-13-16

Fantastic story

Wonderful narration brings it to life as all ways . Love captain Vimes and gaurd stories.

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  • Sean Payne
  • 06-08-16

Back to the Future meets the City Watch

If you could sum up Night Watch in three words, what would they be?

Old-school Vimes.

What did you like best about this story?

This, along with Thud!, is one of the deepest City Watch stories. Thrown into his own past against his will, Sam Vimes has to use every trick in the book to resolve the revolution brewing in the streets all while finding a way back to his own time. If you like the bits from previous City Watch stories where we get to see the inner workings of Vimes' head, you're in for a treat with this one. Bar the opening scenes, most of the book is like a running stream of consciousness as we follow Vimes on this truly dangerous adventure where he is practically having to go it alone and may never get to see his old life, assuming he even survives.

What about Stephen Briggs’s performance did you like?

Briggs is a solid narrator and brings sincere respect to his performance of the material.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I don't want to spoil anything. Let's just say that Vimes already knows who is going to make it through the revolution and it's not pretty seeing any of it come to fruition.

Any additional comments?

If you're this far in, I'm going to assume you've listened to the other City Watch books. If not, then at least Google "Ankh Morpork City Watch" or at least try Men at Arms or Guards! Guards! first. I think some of the gravitas of this book would be ruined without knowledge of what has come before.

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  • Tony Spearing
  • 05-27-16

brilliant book

really great book, excellent reading, really enjoyed the way the characters were bought to life.

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  • A. Heath
  • 05-11-16

Possibly the best Pratchett book?

Ok so the title says it all I like this book, but it's Commander Vimes at his best highly recommend

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  • Yvonne
  • 05-09-16

Time and again quality from Terry Practchett

Great, Practchett at his best. An exceptionally well put together twist of time. Quality story telling from start to finish, with laugh out loud humour.

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  • JDEVLIN
  • 05-09-16

classic Terry Pratchett, brilliant! one of the

Night watch is one of the best Disc world novels and Stephen Briggs narrates it perfectly.

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  • Timothy Munn
  • 05-03-16

Love the book recording leaves much to be desired

I love the book however the recording is of poor quality and skips in places.

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  • Wilson J. Massie
  • 04-24-16

If this were a film it would be an comedy thriller

The complexity of the plot and the pace of the story stops you trying to guess what next and you become completely immersed in this amazingly written and narrated fantasy adventure. One of the best from the best.