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Raising Steam Audiobook

Raising Steam

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To the consternation of the patrician, Lord Vetinari, a new invention has arrived in Ankh-Morpork - a great clanging monster of a machine that harnesses the power of all of the elements: earth, air, fire and water. This being Ankh-Morpork, it’s soon drawing astonished crowds, some of whom caught the zeitgeist early and arrive armed with notepads and very sensible rainwear.

Moist von Lipwig is not a man who enjoys hard work - as master of the Post Office, the Mint and the Royal Bank his input is, of course, vital...but largely dependent on words, which are fortunately not very heavy and don’t always need greasing. However, he does enjoy being alive, which makes a new job offer from Vetinari hard to refuse....

Steam is rising over Discworld, driven by Mister Simnel, the man wi’ t’flat cap and sliding rule who has an interesting arrangement with the sine and cosine. Moist will have to grapple with gallons of grease, goblins, a fat controller with a history of throwing employees down the stairs and some very angry dwarfs if he’s going to stop it all going off the rails....

©2013 Terry and Lyn Pratchett (P)2013 Random House Audiobooks

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  • adam capper
    Nottingham, United Kingdom
    4/16/15
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    "Another great story"

    Another great story with a twist and lots of dark humour with makes me smile if not chuckle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • John Monteith
    Aberdeen, Scotland
    2/19/15
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    "Brilliant story"

    I've had it as a book but haven't had time to read it. Amazing. Terry pratchet. Is a master storyteller

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • SnapWriter
    London, UK
    2/13/15
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    "Brilliant, another Ank industrial novel"

    Pratchett's novels continue their winning streak with Raising.
    Funny characters - both familiar and new - also very real.
    My favourite part is always the genesis of the new theme; in this case steam engines.
    The narrator is brilliant, you forget he's there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Steve
    1/25/15
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    "A really good listen and well narrated too"

    After introducing the new characters the book picks up pace and deals with issue , like new technologies, in a humorous light hearted way. Give me steam :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adam
    1/16/15
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    "Another great discworld book!"

    Terry Pratchett has written another humours, witty, engaging book. Not as funny so those including death but one that fits with the series and sets up future books well by developing some new characters.
    This was my first experience of an audio book - it was really well read - and I enjoyed it immensely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • G. Watson
    Lancashire, England
    1/6/15
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    "Good Narrator."

    Good Narrator. Good Narrator. Good Narrator . Good Narrator. Good Narrator. Good Narrator. Good Narrator. Uniquely fine audio reader.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Daniel J. Crowther
    UK
    1/3/15
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    "Solid"

    Another great performance by Stephen Briggs, as usual. Story is decent but not one of Terry's greats.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    12/12/14
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    "Beautiful Pratchett writing as always"
    Would you listen to Raising Steam again? Why?

    I have listened to this audiobook several times already, each time discovering a new detail or subtle joke. It never gets old.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Moist Von Lipwig, simply because of his charismatic nature ability to pull off the impossible.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    the whole book was enjoyable but the final race to Uberwald on 'Iron Girder' with the resultant fight with the trolls is always good to listen to.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A runaway spectacular!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • L. Holton
    UK
    12/11/14
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    "Discworld Revolution"
    If you could sum up Raising Steam in three words, what would they be?

    Goblin industrial revolution


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story sees the development and increased depth of several discworld characters, introducing some rather amusing new ones on the way - it's a classic Pratchett, and one which changes the way discworld will be for future books. The introduction of steam, and the accounts of it's troublesome developments were done with the usual superb understated humour so typical of Mr Pratchett - can't wait for the next one!


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Briggs’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    This is my first listening to Stephen Briggs narration, and it won't be the last - good and well varied voices for a wide range of characters


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

    Oh for the luxury of the time to listen in one sitting - but good in chunks


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brakeinews
    New Forest, UK
    11/23/14
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    "Technology overtakes wizardary in the Discworld"
    Would you listen to Raising Steam again? Why?

    Probably will eventually. It is a good book with all those amazing characters TP has developed and SB brings to life in the ear. But it does feel like TP is dragging the discworld away from magick and fantasy and into a technological/industrial developing world. I feel this is a shame, despite how wonderfully he tells the stories.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Raising Steam?

    There are so many great ideas in the book, the best in my mind would provide spoilers though!


    What does Stephen Briggs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    SB is perfect, he is the discworld now, so reliable are his voices and depictions of the characters, infinitely better than the dull Nigel Planner we have to endure in earlier books - and dont get me started on Tony Robinson. Stephen Briggs is the best by far.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Will the Discworld go off the rails?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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