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It is a truth universally acknowledged that a policeman taking a holiday would barely have had time to open his suitcase before he finds his first corpse.

And Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch is on holiday in the pleasant and innocent countryside, but not for him a mere body in the wardrobe. There are many, many bodies and an ancient crime more terrible than murder.

He is out of his jurisdiction, out of his depth, out of bacon sandwiches, and occasionally snookered and out of his mind, but never out of guile. Where there is a crime there must be a finding, there must be a chase and there must be a punishment.

They say that in the end all sins are forgiven.

But not quite all....

©2011 Terry Pratchett (P)2011 Random House Audiobooks

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  • Jacobus
  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 10-24-11

My favourite Commander Vimes is BACK... on holiday

Funny enough Stephen Briggs usually holds my attention, but listening to this book, I had to rewind every now and again. Yet, I thought he did a jolly good job of bringing Commander Vimes of the Ankhmorpok City Watch to life again. It felt like a long awaited reunion.

By returning to his Grace Sir Samuel Vimes Terry Pratchett has motivated me to start relistening the whole City Watch Discworld novels. I think these novels are the best of the Discworld novels, it is built on cynicism, pessimism and excellent misdirection. My personal favourites are "Feet of Clay" and "Thud," maybe because Ankhmorpork struggles a lot with the same issues as South Africa.

Snuff differs from other City Watch novels in that Samuel Vimes is separated from his city watch by.... a holiday. But were Vimes is, well... you know... Police work snuffs him out. As in the case of "Feet of Clay" and "Thud" a new race of humanoids is brought into the fold of those who need to be treated in a humane way. But while the recipe is there for a great story, it is unfortunately not as good as the aforementioned novels. That said, the novel is much better than "Unseen Academicals."

I would suggest this book to all Discworld lovers. For those who haven't been introduced to Commander Vimes and his city watch, read or listen first to "Guards, Guards!"

Still I will strongly recommend the book... SNUFF... SNUFF... snuff.

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  • Ian Allen
  • Perth WA (Western Australia)
  • 12-04-12

Not my cup of tea

What disappointed you about Snuff: Discworld, Book 39?

Baseless disjointed narrative.

Authors have the prerogative to produce any style they like. The book doesn't have to meet reader expectations or desires. What disappoints one reader will no doubt delight another.

Terry Pratchett fans probably feel that Snuff is great, however I didn't.

Would you ever listen to anything by Terry Pratchett again?

No

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  • Philip
  • Upper Hutt, New Zealand
  • 01-30-12

A breast kids book with interest for any adult

If you could sum up Snuff: Discworld, Book 33 in three words, what would they be?

Great characterization, comedy and wonderful read.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Snuff: Discworld, Book 33?

Many dialogues.

What about Stephen Briggs’s performance did you like?

A classic. Absolutely compulsive to listen to his wonderful accents and characterization.

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

Nah

Any additional comments?

My 13 year old son (who hates reading) LOVED this book.

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Unfortunately, Just OK

I am a long term, die-hard Pratchett fan, and have been looking forward to this book as his health issues make it unlikely that we will have many more. I wanted to love this book, but can only say I liked it. Pratchett didn't really develop anything in this story, but rather used well known characters and often used rivalries to but together a reasonable book, but nothing to move the people of the Disc forward. The internal Vimesian struggle between being a toff and a copper was almost beaten into extinction. The narration was as wonderful as always.

Buy this book - yes, but expect a gentle continuation, nothing amazing.Still, mediocre Pratchett is a Pratchett. Enjoy.

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I await each new Terry Pratchett title with keen.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would change the length, a bit too long for the story.The story was ok, but not up to his usual best. Far too serious I am afraid, not enough funny little bits that is his usual style.

If you’ve listened to books by Terry Pratchett before, how does this one compare?

I have as many of Terry Pratchett's books as I can get, I usually love them all, each and every one has made me giggle, or sigh at human, dwarf,troll,vampire and werewolves little foibles. But this one was just a bit too grim for me, slavery and mass murder do not strike me as things for a normally comedic writer to tackle.

What aspect of Stephen Briggs’s performance would you have changed?

I cannot fault Steven Briggs's performance, as usual his voices brought all the usual characters alive, even if they did not have very big parts in this book, other than the main ones anyway.

Did Snuff inspire you to do anything?

Not really, I was just glad when it drew to a close I guess. But I will still be watching for his next one, I am still a fan, no matter what, and no one can deliver Great every time.

Any additional comments?

I hope Terry Pratchett goes back to his breezy self after this one.

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  • Burrows
  • 05-26-17

Thoroughly enjoyable

As with all Sir Terry's books a great plot well written clever witty with a twist

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-08-17

Absurdly brilliant

Another brilliant Pratchett book narrated by Stephen Briggs. this is the last of the night watch series and I will miss them

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  • louisavamp
  • 03-07-17

must Have

love this book its a another excellent read from terry Pratchett's it make you think

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  • Bookworm
  • 02-21-17

Another spin of the discworld!

What made the experience of listening to Snuff the most enjoyable?

The skilful twist that turns what you think you know into something you did know, but not like this!

What did you like best about this story?

The humour

Any additional comments?

If you like Pratchet, you will love this further instalment

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  • Paul Dawkins
  • 02-16-17

Is there a bad Pratchett book?

I somehow managed to miss this when I actually had time to read. a brilliant read as usual.

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  • david
  • 02-03-17

Vimes is my favourite character

This is one of TP's best books and it is no coincidence that it involves Captain Vimes. It is quite dark in some parts as well as providing a moral compass on the slave trade and how certain upper classes viewed 'lesser' mortals.

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  • tracy
  • 01-12-17

loved every minute

I enjoy all Terry pratchett's disc world books but Sam Vines is my favorate chracter. This story is one I have lisoned to many times never loosing it's appeal . I would recommend this To anyone who is starting their journey into this world.

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  • Drusilla 123
  • 01-08-17

Amazing narration!

The kind of ripping yarn you might expect from Terry Pratchett, with the added bonus of really stand out narration from Stephen Briggs. Great fun!

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  • RalphBirch57
  • 01-04-17

Favourite author very well read

What more can I say. A great read and a consistently good listen on a daily commute.

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  • Struth
  • 12-24-16

Probably the peak of Pratchett

The character of Sam Vimes attains his highest achievement in this novel, the rescue and redemption of an entire sapient species. Along with the usual wit, wisdom and whimsy, this is a thought provoking story about the aspects of us which make us 'people'. Possibly the best of the Diskworld novels, it is a delight to listen to Stephen Briggs delivery, though reading earlier Diskworld novels about the guards first is recommended.