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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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  • Michael
  • Wanaque, NJ, USA
  • 08-01-03

Discworld: Worth Visiting Again and Again

Terry Pratchett's Discworld is custom-made for audio. Even though I own and have read (and re-read) every one of his Discworld novels, listening to them lets me experience them with the fullness of leisurely thought and imagination.

With my purchase of The Fifth Elephant, we now own all 22 of Terry Pratchett's titles that have been released by, and would be extremely grateful if Audible would add the missing titles as soon as possible

36 of 37 people found this review helpful

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  • w
  • Ottawa, ON, Canada
  • 08-20-05

All Hail Sir Pratchett

For once they knighted the right man in Sir Pratchett. This 'Watchmen' audiobook and its fellows are the perfect antidote to the boredom of commuting or queues. The escapades of Sir Samuel Vimes and his cadre, this time in out of Ankh-Morpork and into the werewolf-ridden steppes of Uberwald, are as always not just fantasy, or fiction, or humour, but ethics and science and sociology and pathos.
Unlike a few other reviewers, I prefer Mr. Briggs's narration/direction to Nigel Planer's: the female characters no longer sound like the Kray Brothers, and there is a Welsh cadence in the voices of dwarves of all heights, look you.
Warning: listening to this in public will draw strange looks as you laugh out loud.
I look forward to the next 'Watchmen' audiobook.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Stephanie
  • Littleton, MA, United States
  • 08-27-03

Tough start but triumphs

I really miss Nigel Planer. It takes a good hour to 'get into' Mr Briggs. But once I adjusted to the characters new voices, I was engrossed in this wonderful fantasy. The story examines new characters and gives some interesting personal developments. Plots within plots and fanciful fun really make this another entertaining book in the series.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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A Surprise Favorite

I had put off getting this discworld book because the name and description just didn't interest me. What a surprise it was to find that it is now one of my favorites in the 'Sam Vimes' books. He travels with his wife into political intrigue and exciting experiences with werewolves, vampires, and dwarves. There is also a great side plot of sorts between Capt. Carrot & Lt Angula. I am about to listen to it a third time...
(please excuse any mispellings in the names since I only get the audiobooks)

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  • Abby
  • Atlanta, GA, USA
  • 09-12-07


As usual, this Discworld book is wonderfully done. Stephen Briggs uses a number of accents that convey cultural meaning in this world as well as they might in the Discworld. He also chooses voices that are spot-on the characters as I imagined when I was reading the book. Detritus sounds like I think a troll might, whereas in previous audiobooks he might sound like an enthusiastic Scotsman.

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  • Richard
  • BelfastUnited Kingdom
  • 03-03-06

Terry Pratchett totally on form

This is one of my favorite Discworld novels. It features "the watch" which is always a recipe for success plus the story line is excellent. I was a fan of Nigel Planer's narration but I think Stephen Briggs is also excellent and he brings the characters to life in this story.

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very witty

even though I am not a native english speaker, I widely enjoy this book. It starts off a bit surrealitically, like a childbook, and from there on it gains ground with every minute. all what you know about how people deal with each other is illustrated in the characters of the plot. It is witty and funny as well. And the narrator is great, with what I believe to be an english accent and with lots of varieties in his voice with regard to intonation and dialect. Really good reading and literature !!

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  • Gerald
  • Valley Village, CA, USA
  • 09-20-08


Gave a four rather than five stars only because it took a good hour or two to adjust to Brigg's reading style and voices. Great Story, but I must say I really miss and prefer Nigel Planer's narration.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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I Hate Terry Pratchett

I once walked into a book store and asked for something by a writer like Clive Cussler. The answer was, "There is no one like Clive Cussler". Well, that describes Terry Pratchett perfectly. Be warned, once you start reading, or listening to, his books, there is no known substitute. The Fifth Elephant is not his best, but it is far better than anything else available. The only tiny complaint I have is that I wish that he would stick with Nigel Planer as the reader for all his books.

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Liked Nigel better....

But the story was great even if the odd voices threw me off a bit.

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  • Philip
  • 05-12-07

A great story.

A great story, and while i like the Tony Robinson versions, i prefer these unabridged ones. An intelligent book with, as is common for Terry Pratchett, many layers and cultural references. These Vimes/Carrot stories are always good, go back in time to Night Watch for another excellent one if you like this.

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  • Virginia
  • 03-10-07

vimes the diplomat

this is a great book.
the whole of the political friendship between 2 countries.... dependant on sam vimes, carrot gone rogue (but politely) and 'captain fred colon'

truely ace