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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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  • phillip
  • toronto, ON, Canada
  • 10-14-11

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!





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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.

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  • Ted
  • Uppsala, Sweden
  • 10-19-11

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.

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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.

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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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miss terry

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

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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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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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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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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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  • Sally Nelson
  • 11-14-17

Great book by a Beloved author

This story has it all: danger, adventure, action, pathos and humour.
Terry Pratchett at his best.
The narrator is terrific and very, very listenable (I think that is word)
Definitely one to listen to over and over again

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-05-16

some small recording skips otherwise great quality

awesome story though some background knowledge of the Discworld required to get the most out of it.

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  • natasha prentice
  • 08-20-16

love Pratchett

absolute brilliance, still collecting this series and from start to finish every book is enthralling entertainment.