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Sam Vines is a man on the run. Yesterday he was a duke, a chief of police, and ambassador to the mysterious, fat-rich country of Uberwald. Now he has nothing but his native wit and the gloomy trousers of Uncle Vanya. And if he can't make it through the forest to civilization, there's going to be a terrible war. But there are monsters on his trail. They're werewolves - and they're catching up. Sam Vines is out of time and already out of breath...
©1999 Terry and Lyn Pratchett (P)2000 Isis Publishing, Ltd.

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"Unadulterated fun. Pratchett parodies everything in sight." (San Francisco Chronicle)

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Connects Ankh Morpork and Ubervalt

Vimes 1st encounter with Igors, Young Sam's conception, usual plethora of plot twists, topical parallels.

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looking forward to reading all of terry prachertts

i am looking forward to all of night whach and. all of the dis world books

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You can't go wrong with a Terry Pratchett book

The Fifth Elephant is maybe my favorite Discworld book and also the first book I have listened to on Audible.com (what took me so long?). I think the narration by Stephen Briggs is very good and he uses a wide range of accents to bring the characters to life. My only quibble with his style is that he does not always speak with the volume that a line suggests: a character might be described as shouting, but the narrator does not shout. That is maybe a pretty typical thing in audio books as the listener doesn't want someone suddenly shouting in her ear, but as this is my first book, and first review, I thought I would mention it.
Will definitely be downloading more. You can't go wrong with Terry Pratchett.


“AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY”

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  • Shawn
  • Austin, Texas
  • 10-23-17

Leaving Ahnk-Morpork!

Vimes leaves Ahnk-Morpork with his wife on a mission of diplomacy! This has been one of my favorite books thus far, and I can see myself reading this book again!

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Best with Briggs

I love the Discworld series. That being said, almost half of the audio books are quite unpalatable. Stephen Briggs, as a co-author of some books in the series, knows the characters better than any other narrator possibly could. He also has a wonderful voice, and gives each character their own personality and sound. In short, the books are best with Briggs narrating, and this one is no exception.

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  • 10-12-17

Overall good... Not as good as Nigel Planer

I miss the voice of Nigel's Death. Hard to get used to Stephen Briggs'. His Anguar voice was very good though.
Terry's writing is superv as always. How he ended this one was very considerate to the reader's emotions.

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Wonderful

Terry Pratchett, years after his death, remains my favorite comedic author. His books manage to retain this perfect level of dry wit, while building relatable/likable characters, and touching artfully upon sensitive and important themes without hammering you over the head with them.

The voice over I would give a 4.5/5.0 if I could. He's solid, and it shows that he's talented and put real effort into this, but sometimes he tries TOO hard on character voices. This has the odd effect of dragging me out of the story to think about voices, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but not what I'm looking for. So, I feel, he deserves more than a 4 but less than a perfect score, which I can't give, so I erred on the side of benevolence and just made it a 5/5 100% overall anyway.

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  • M2
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  • 07-23-17

last 10 minutes of audio was complete crap

good stort, now i have to go buy the book to figure out the ending.... horrible copy.. audible, do better, for 20+ dollars im going to ask for a refund

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Funny and Fast-paced

I loved the humor and pace. Stephen Briggs nails Pratchett's quirky humor, timing and delivery.

The story slots in neatly whether you've read any of the other books or not but drops rewarding little gems if you have.

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Vimes, Pratchett, and Briggs: Top Notch!

My son, a Pratchett expert, suggested The Fifth Elephant for a road trip listen, and I am delighted: Stephen Briggs is my favorite Pratchett reader, and this Vimes adventure filled in some of the gaps in my background. As many of Pratchett's novels do, it starts with a lot of unconnected details, but quickly gathers to an interesting central plot. Sometime I want to listen to all the novels in order, but this one is good even on its own.