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Snuff: Discworld, Book 39

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Publisher's Summary

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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    phillip toronto, ON, Canada 10-14-11
    phillip toronto, ON, Canada 10-14-11 Member Since 2015

    From the way she acts when I take them off, I've a feeling my baby girl thinks I have headphones graphed to my skull.

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    "An eye popper of a title to google - "Snuff"!"

    There's an art to putting a lesson in a tale without slapping people upside the head with it and no one can do that better than Terry Pratchett. Mostly because the story is so entertaining you don't care. Oh Vimes! roaming around in the horrible fresh air knocking elbows and sometimes heads with the country folks, explaining women's lib to the pride and prejudice young ladies with all the delicacy we've all come to expect and reluctantly championing an oppressed people to boot. I find the only way to rate a Terry Pratchett novel is to compare it to other Terry Pratchett novels because for me they start at 5 stars whereas most other books have to start at a humble 1 star. That being said I loved this book almost as much as Thud! which is my very favourite of the Vimeocentric discworld novels. Stephen Briggs gives his usual wonderful performance, I love the brusque voice he does for Sam, it captures him for me completely. 10 stars!





    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    leonie Australia 10-17-11
    leonie Australia 10-17-11 Member Since 2017
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    "Snuff of Legend!"

    I have read every Terry Pratchett novel, but this is the first one I’ve gotten on audio. Fans, be prepared for a sleepless night as once I started listening, I couldn’t stop. One of the best stories yet. Characters that you can relate to in a fast paced story that has just enough twists to be interesting without winding you up in knots. No magic or wizards in this one, but Sam Vimes at his best, juggling the roles of husband, father, friend and policeman. A good starting book if you haven’t read any of the other disc-world novels. Just one more warning - you might not want to listen to this story when traveling on public transport as your uncontrolled laughter may upset some of the other passengers.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Uppsala, Sweden 10-19-11
    Ted Uppsala, Sweden 10-19-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Certainly up to snuff"

    As always with a Discworld novel you know what you're getting; an excellent story populated with charming (and suitably villainous as the case may be) characters. This book might be a bit predictable by Pratchett standards - there's the seemingly bumbling young man in over his head, the downtrodden race, the out of touch nobles, the irredeemably evil villain - but ultimately mediocre Terry Pratchett is still excellent by any other standard. And this one is worth reading for the characters alone.
    Yet again Stephen Briggs' narration makes the story come alive. I like reading the Discworld books on paper, but Briggs gives them a whole new dimension.
    The only reason I can think of for not getting this straight away is if you haven't read the other City Watch Discworld books, in which case you would probably want to do that before getting to this one, as I can see it being slightly less comprehensible without knowing the back story.
    In short: a must buy, as always.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    ktkat1949 BC CANADA 12-16-11
    ktkat1949 BC CANADA 12-16-11 Listener Since 2009

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    "Every new book from Terry Pratchett is a gift"

    I love every one of Terry Pratchett Discworld books.I am an addict and admit it. Knowing of Terry's precarious health I treat everyone of his new books as gift to be savoured. Too soon there will be no more new ones. I have all of his books in hard copy and all of his audio books in both abridged and unabridged versions. I enjoy Stephen Briggs narrative but to be frank I much prefer Tony Robinson's. His voices, I suppose because he is an comic actor, are so much better. I try to explain my love of these books to friends but they just don't get it. Until I heard a play on BBC radio of Guards Guards I never had heard of him. Once I heard the play I was hooked. I have even bought the few videos that are available of his books and wish they would make more of them.
    Snuff has all my favourite characters in it including Death , Haverlock and Nobby. The relationship between Sam and Lady Sybil has grown and deepened and romantic that I am I can't help wishing they would have a daughter.
    The ever resourceful Willikins has a much larger part in this book and
    his back story made it possible to understand his various skills. I am hoping that in Sir Terry's next book we find a goblin on the Watch. A very satisfying read for every Discworld addict.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    apdw 10-25-11
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    "More of the same (and that's pretty good)"

    One thing I like about Terry Pratchett books is how you can read/listen to them many times and still enjoy them. As soon as I'd finished this novel, I went back to the beginning and listened to it again. And then again.

    The City Watch stories are among my favourite Discworld yarns, and while Snuff isn't quite as good, in my opinion, as Thud and Night Watch, it is on the same level as Jingo and The Fifth Elephant -- which makes it definitely worth the purchase price.

    I would recommend that you read/listen to Thud before starting Snuff since events that occurred in Thud are referred to often in Snuff -- though this is not essential.

    Stephen Briggs does a great job of coming up with distinct voices for each of the large number of characters in both this novel and in the other Discworld books.

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    Amazon Customer 03-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "miss terry"

    have heared the story over and over again. miss Sir terry' stories. what a great story teller.

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    richie85 Maidstone, Kent 02-13-16
    richie85 Maidstone, Kent 02-13-16 Listener Since 2005
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    "Sam Vimes at his best"

    You just can't beat a bit of Vimes action, proper Coppering at it's best. Plus some Complicated Chickens.

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    Ruth 06-21-15
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    "Amazingly hilarious!!!"

    Goblins and elephants and murder, oh my! I cannot say anything negative about this story. Terry Pratchett is brilliantly brilliant.

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    Gavin 05-26-15
    Gavin 05-26-15 Member Since 2017
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    "R.I.P Terry Pratchett"

    A perfect end to the Sam Vimes/City Watch series, although I wish there had been many more.

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    Robin Åhman Spånga, Sweden 02-09-15
    Robin Åhman Spånga, Sweden 02-09-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Not one of the better books in the series"

    I have listened to many of the books in the Discworld series and this was not one of the better ones. However I love Stephen Briggs, the narrator.

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  • Russell
    5/20/16
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    "Brilliant"

    Another absolutely cracking read from the mind Of Terry Pratchett. well read, and can't recommend highly enough.

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  • Laura Bennewith
    5/15/16
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    "Brilliant"

    Stephen Briggs is great - the best narrator of the Discworld books. He captures them perfectly.

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  • jpp
    5/13/16
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    "Snuff"

    An underrated Pratchett book. Vimes upholding the law again. A gentle start, accelerating towards a fast paced finish Excellent!

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  • C M Pihl
    5/2/16
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    "Exciting and fun"

    For the fans of Commander Vimes it is an awesome development into his new "relationship" and Willikins is badass as ever! ;)

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  • Mrs Jo TEMPLE
    4/25/16
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    "wonderful and thought provoking as ever"

    Once again submerged in the world of Vimes I was as happy as ever and the hours listening simply flew by. So sad when it ended.

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  • Mr
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    4/25/16
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    "One of Sir Terry's best"

    This is one of Sir Terry's best books, the story as pace and the humour is spot on. I have listen to it countless times and would recommend, as always Stephen Briggs puts in a top notch performance and helps bring the story alive.

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  • Dee Murray
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    "Sam Vimes"

    This book showcases Sam Vimes, what a man. Noble, honourable, kind, hard bitten, righter of wrongs, husband of the indomitable Sybil, father of Sam (whose poo obsession is hilarious), friend, mentor, hero and all round good guy. The book also features Widdikins (sp?), a gentleman's gentleman and so much more. The rest of the watch are there but in small doses. Loved it and will listen again and again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dr. R. Brompton
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    "A fitting finale for Commander Vimes and Lady Sybil."

    An excellent story and wonderfully narrated by Stephen Briggs. The narrator has the ability to be able to do such a range of voices that the listener actually forgets that they are only listening to one person.
    Terry Pratchett's story of Commander Vimes and the wonderful Lady Sybil is a fitting final to all their adventures together. What a magnificent couple and how wonderful to see how they have changed and grown over the stories. To get the full enjoyment out of this story I would suggest that the listener starts at the beginning with 'Guards! Guards!.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • peter walter
    12/27/15
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    "Driving"

    makes good listening as long as have read the book, other wise to distractive trying to follow the plot

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  • nathandevilleneuve
    11/11/15
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    "was one of tarry pratchett basst works"

    loved it a funny story to lesson to hardly stad any more than one or two hours away from it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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