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Publisher's Summary

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 better Ankh-Morepork based stories.

Great line up of old favourite characters. Fun storyline, some clever twists and, as always, an insightful take on a theme- in this case the portrayal of the truth

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Good story, bad audio quality

Bad audio quality puts a bit of a damper on it all. Stephen Briggs is a good voice actor, but the low audio quality combined with varying levels of volume makes it hard to understand sometimes when driving

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  • Aaron
  • 05-27-15

You want the Truth? I will give you the Truth.

I liked this book in all it's glory. I had alot of fun listening to this, passing the time while travelling around the country for work. I found that I was well submersed in the story and saved me from falling asleep at the wheel.

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  • Hanna
  • 10-17-17

Excellent story

Great idea about what is true in the newspapers. As always, Pratchett makes you think! Fantastic narrator too.

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  • Meg
  • 09-24-16

The perfect rendition

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this audiobook to a friend! Firstly, Terry Pratchett is amazing & I'd recommend any of his Discworld series to a friend as it was. This book in particular, though, covers themes we can all relate to - integrity in media & high society privilege gone wrong (a theme which I think must have been close to Pratchett's heart, since he covered it in a lot of other installments of his Discworld series - in particular, those featuring the Night Watch). Secondly, the characters are beautifully rendered, with Stephen Brigg's tone pairing beautifully with the tone of Pratchett's narration. Thirdly, it's just a wonderful ride of a novel - it hits all the right notes with the plot, with characteristic Pratchett humour & witticisms and a cast of characters to enchant, amuse & beguile you throughout the novel. I've listened to it at least 3 times through already.

What did you like best about this story?

This is Terry Pratchett at his best - the witticisms were right on point, the humour wonderfully paced, the tender moments were handled with care & a sense of captivating drama was woven so well throughout the performance that it was difficulty itself to turn it off. The renditions of Mr. Tulip, Mr. Pin, Otto & Death were perfect (endearingly so - these are some of my favourite characters in the whole canon & it was a joy to hear them voiced so well).

What about Stephen Briggs’s performance did you like?

He has a beautiful breadth of range, which both lends tenderness to poignant moments without dropping the listener & highlights the humour of Pratchett's work wonderfully, matching him phrase for phrase in tone. His renditions of the characters are brilliant & a joy to listen to. In short, he's just what a voice actor ought to be for an audiobook - he brings the book to life without the hindrance that can come from a more amateur performer's touch.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The truth shall make ye frep!