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William de Worde is the accidental editor of Discworld's first newspaper. Now he must cope with the traditional perils of a journalist's life - people who want him dead, a recovering vampire with a suicidal fascination for flash photography, some more people who want him dead in a different way and, worst of all, the man who keeps begging him to publish pictures of his humorously shaped potatoes.William just wants to get to the truth. Unfortunately, everyone else wants to get at William. And it's only the third edition....

This is the 25th volume in the Discworld series. Browse more novels of Discworld.

©2000 Terry and Lyn Pratchett (P)2000 Isis Publishing Ltd.

Critic Reviews

"Pratchett's brand of humor has intelligence and satiric relevance...he has much to say about the world." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Unadulterated fun...Witty, frequently hilarious." ( San Francisco Chronicle)

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One of the best I 've listened to yet!

I thought I loved Moist Von Lipvig (Going Postal and Making Money) but then Willian Deword and his crew stole my heart (or should I say funny bone?) I laugh til I cry every time Otto takes the first "iconograph"! After 25 years in the newspaper business, I find this book terrific on so many levels. Do yourself a favor and download it now!!!

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Classic Pratchett

DO NOT be put off by the fact that the reader is not Nigel Planer. At first I was bothered by not hearing Planer read, and then I quickly realized I was completely hooked on the reading. Briggs has the ability to make his Vimes, his Carrot, his Angua all sound just right. This is an excellent reading of Pratchett at his best. And when Pratchett's at his best, what more is there to say.

21 of 22 people found this review helpful

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  • Becky
  • Chelmsford, N/A, United Kingdom
  • 07-11-03

Another gem...

This is another gem of a book from Terry Pratchett, who is consistently funny and, more than occasionally, thought provoking.

Although it does not centre around the usual Pratchett characters I enjoyed all the new people, and there are appearances by many of the favourites (who can fail to love the Patrician's sneering intelligence, or Vimes sullen integrity?!).

I found that I preferred Stephen Briggs' narration to Nigel Planer's as he has a far better pace than Planer and every character sounded right to me.

Buy it, I'm sure you'll enjoy it.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Newsprint in audio works fine

I had previously read "The Truth" and was a little nervous about how a book so focused on the printed word would make the transition to audiobook. Luckily, the answer is: just fine. Stephen Briggs does a fine job of orally recreating the newspaper stories, and his voices for the main characters are spot on. (Mr. Tulip, the ominous bad guy with artistic taste, especially.) You'll get the most out of "The Truth" if you've read some of Pratchett's previous Ankh-Morpork books, as it relies on knowledge of characters introduced previously.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Edmund
  • waukegan, IL, USA
  • 01-01-03

One great book

Pratchett is among the best authors I have ever read, in this book we are taken back to the Discworld's geatest city and find out what happends when "movable type" is allowed to walk the streets. A great edition to the series.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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The Truth is, I love it

One of my very favorite Pratchett books, this audio is worth hearing even if you have the printed book. The narrator gives a performance you will enjoy many times over.
The story involves politics and the media without neglecting the individual characters and, over all, is very enjoyable and hilariously witty.
Pratchett & Briggs show their genius in a perfect combination of talent.

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  • Matt Z
  • Penn State U.
  • 03-16-13

Ankh-Morpork, a city of Steampunky goodness.

Its turtles all the way down... Well only one in this case but you get the point. I love stories about Ankh-Morpork, I love Terry Pratchett. they are great audiobooks and should be a part of any Audible library. The nice aspect of the Discworld books or the series is this, you don't have to read the book chronologically. It helps to be familiar with the cannon, but it is in no way necessary. So don't be dissuaded by the large number of volumes in the series. cherry pick, listen, and enjoy.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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classic pratchett!

What did you love best about The Truth?

The quote, "a lie can go around the world before the truth can get its boots on...."

What did you like best about this story?

Introduction of Otto Schrek the vampire who loves to take pictures and is fascinated by light. And that the female was a good strong character as well.

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

The voices! Oh he is the best for the disc world! he knows all the folks and how they speak. He would never make Nanny ogg sound like a decrepit old lady like that awful version of The Wyrd Sisters done by that lady who did Nanny Ogg such a diservice.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

same as the quote

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  • Timothy
  • Chapel Hill, NC, USA
  • 07-26-03

Good choice!

Though Birggs is not Nigel Planer, he does a fine job of bringing Ankh-Morpork and its colorful inhabitants to life. I was very wary when I bought this book about the fact tha Planer wasn't the narraotr, but I am glad to say that I heartily enjoyed listening to The Truth.

As you can read in the blurb about this book, this novel traces the start of Ankh-Morpork's first newspaper and yet another plot against the Patrician. I am amazed by Pratchett's ability to bring fresh ideas an humor to his novels, never mind his ability to allude to and parofy the world around us. This is a definite read!

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The Truth Shall Make Thee Fret

This is one of Pratchett's books that nearly make you forget that you aren't reading about Earth. The depth and humor of The Truth is on par with many of Pratchett's other blockbuster novels, and proves once again that his work can only loosely be called fantasy. If you have not read the book, stop reading this and get started listening right now.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful