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Going Postal: Discworld, Book 33 | [Terry Pratchett]

Going Postal: Discworld, Book 33

Suddenly, condemned arch-swindler Moist von Lipwig found himself with a noose around his neck and dropping through a trapdoor into...a government job? By all rights, Moist should be meeting his maker rather than being offered a position as postmaster by Lord Vetinari, supreme ruler of Ankh-Morpork.
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Suddenly, condemned arch-swindler Moist von Lipwig found himself with a noose around his neck and dropping through a trapdoor into...a government job?

By all rights, Moist should be meeting his maker rather than being offered a position as postmaster by Lord Vetinari, supreme ruler of Ankh-Morpork. Getting the moribund Postal Service up and running again, however, may prove an impossible task, what with literally mountains of decades-old undelivered mail clogging every nook and cranny of the broken-down post office.

Worse still, Moist could swear the mail is talking to him. Worst of all, it means taking on the gargantuan, greedy Grand Trunk clacks communication monopoly and its bloodthirsty, piratical headman.

But if the bold and undoable are what's called for, Moist's the man for the job, to move the mail, continue breathing, get the girl, and specially deliver that invaluable commodity that every being, human or otherwise, requires: hope.

©2004 Terry and Lyn Pratchett; (P)2004 Isis Publishing Ltd

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    nicole United Kingdom 26/08/2013
    nicole United Kingdom 26/08/2013 Member Since 2013

    "I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library." — Jorge Luis Borges

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    "In the unlikely event you've never read Pratchett"

    I wasn't going to review Terry Pratchett's Discworld books, simply because he is such a well known author that everyone already knows that this book, like all the Discworld books, will be funny, imaginative and have everything you want in it to keep you coming back and re-reading year after year. Most Audible listeners also know that all the main narrators that read Pratchett's books (Stephen Briggs, Nigel Planer and Tony Robinson) are all amazing, bringing the book and it's characters to life in a way that earns their five star reviews.

    If you are actually a new listener on the other-hand this might really help.

    Firstly despite the order they were written in my suggestion would be to start with the guards series. Pratchett has developed a complicated world with several in jokes and this is an easy way to enter it, as the books introduce the reader to the main city from which much of the action takes place. The guards series is arguably one of the most popular and after the first book has a strong cast of both male and female characters. I should warn that some of the other series' books are set before the events in the Watch novels but I still found this the most accessible way, into this vast fictional world.

    The order of the guards books are Guards Guards, Men at Arms, Feet Of Clay, Jingo, The Fifth Elephant, Night watch, Thud and Snuff (there are also spin off books that are mentioned in the series). From there you can either start reading the witches novels if you prefer female leads, Rincewind if you prefer male or stay in the city with some of what are often refer to as the `industrial' novels like The Truth, Going Postal and Making Money. Guides to reading order can easily be found on the net if you don't want to go by publication date.

    I would also think twice before buying the abridged versions. Tony Robinson as a narrator is brilliant but so are the other narrators and a lot of the plot and humor is cut to fit so much into such a short time. I've listened to most of them and I'd personally go with unabridged every time.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Rachel Teddington, Middlesex, United Kingdom 29/11/2009
    Rachel Teddington, Middlesex, United Kingdom 29/11/2009 Member Since 2007
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    "It's actually sightly abirdged isn't it?"

    This is a BRILLIANT novel, funny, well rounded and excedingly Pratchetty, the only problem is that it's actually missing quite a few passages (like Moist's visit to the pin shop)I know it's really picky to notice things like that but when I listened to it I thought I was going crazy remembering bit's that arn't in this \"unabriged\" recording. Just seems a bit strange to miss them out. Otherwise it's marvellous!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Sheffield, United Kingdom 30/10/2007
    Jane Sheffield, United Kingdom 30/10/2007 Member Since 2006
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    "Top form Pratchett"

    I've been reading Pratchett for over 20 years now I think, and I continue to buy them as soon as they come out in paperback. A Pratchett novel is always guaranteed to be reasonable entertainment, and every now and then there's a gem of a novel. This is a complete gem. Moist von Lipwig is an immensely likeable character and his battle to reopen the post office is enthralling. There are some lovely cameos by the Patrician and members of the Watch too. I'd already read it a couple of times in print before buying the audiobook, and I think I'm now on my third listen of the audiobook. Stephen Briggs reads beautifully. And, being Pratchett, even on my fourth go through there are still little comic touches that I didn't pick up before.
    I've no idea how this novel would read if you're not familiar with Pratchett's universe, but if I were recommending a Pratchett to someone who'd never read one before I might be tempted to start with this.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Marie leicester, leicestershire, United Kingdom 26/04/2010
    Marie leicester, leicestershire, United Kingdom 26/04/2010
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    "terry pratchett at his best"

    i loved this audio book. it made me laugh out loud on many occasions.
    well read by stephen brigg, he really relates to all the characters.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Meg Merseyside, United Kingdom 09/07/2013
    Meg Merseyside, United Kingdom 09/07/2013 Member Since 2012

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    "The lovable rogue who fools everyone!"

    Yes I would listen to this again.

    Alfred Spangler, a rogue who swindled people and banks alike is caught by the police and is awaiting the hangman's noose in the hope of a last minute reprieve, when none comes he is unfortunately hanged.

    Elsewhere on the road to Ankh-Morpork, atop a really tall "Clacks" tower a man falls to his death followed a few seconds later by another man. The Clacks is a form of visual semaphore, it is a very quick way of passing messages from town to town and further using a line if Semaphore towers. This system is at present the only way of getting and sending messages and it is very expensive.

    When he, to Mr Spangler's surprise, wakes up, he is in Lord Vetinari's office, the tyrant of Ankh-Morpork. Lord Vetinari offer's him a job as Post Master . This can not be under taken by Mr Spangler as he was hung and lots of people witnessed it, he has to go back to his birth name of Mr Moist Von Lipwig .

    Moist is to meet his parole officer outside the post office but instead he runs away, his parole officer called Mr pump, catches and brings him back to the city as he is a golem, a clay man and he does not need to rest, breath, sleep or eat. Moist decides to take this job seriously, at least until he can find a way to escape Mr Pump.

    Moist finds out from Mr Groat that the post office in Ankh-Morpork collapsed decades beforehand and is filled with undelivered mail. Two people still work and live there, a young, unbalanced boy named Stanley Howler and Tolliver Groat himself is the other. But Groat is keeping secret's that Mr Lipwig needs to find out about if he is going to make this old dinosaur of a place work, but that's not all Mr Lipwig needs to be wary of.

    Listen to this book to find out what happen's next....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Antony Leeds, United Kingdom 26/12/2010
    Antony Leeds, United Kingdom 26/12/2010 Member Since 2009
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    "Moist Von Lipwig - great new character"

    Terry Pratchett's genius is in creating believable characters around which he builds fantastic but moral stories. His latest - Moist Von Lipwig - is at his core a good man, who just happens to be conman and rogue. This novel has Von Lipwig placed in charge of Ankh Morpork's dysfunctional Post Office by Lord Vetinary and takes on the corrupt bankers who own the Grand Trunk Semaphore. The book is a brilliant comic read with an underlying story that reads like an essay on the mid-naughties casino banking. As usual brilliantly read by Stephen Briggs.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ruby 05/09/2014
    Ruby 05/09/2014 Member Since 2012

    A Field Service Engineer who loves a good book when on the road.

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    "Pratchett classic"
    Any additional comments?

    A classic pratchett disc world book with the humor we have come to expect from him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Iain Staffordshire, United Kingdom 07/07/2014
    Iain Staffordshire, United Kingdom 07/07/2014 Member Since 2012
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    "Not your average Terry Pratchett book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Going Postal to be better than the print version?

    I have always enjoyed audio versions of books, as I get little time to read, but I drive a long way every day and can easily listen to 2hrs of books per day. Audio versions allow me to indulge in literary works and loose no free time


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Vetinary is just fantastic - cold, calculating, dark with an awesome sense of timing and humour.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    There is no one scene that stands out in my mind - the whole story was engaging


    Any additional comments?

    I have read many Terry Pratchett books, and unfortunately did come to a halt when the same gags were recycled, and esoteric references stretched the story line somewhat.

    Gong Postal, however, rekindled my love of the discworld and encouraged me back into the series. Making Money and Making Steam follow and expand on the underlying stories started (or at least, fleshed out) in Going Postal. I'd recommend it to anyone, old or young as we can all find things to identify in the story.

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    Heather Newby 02/05/2014
    Heather Newby 02/05/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "Ideal translation from print to sound"
    Would you listen to Going Postal again? Why?

    Yes - I love Terry Pratchett's work and this is one of his best books.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Moist von Lipwig - he's such a wonderful sinner cum saint


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Briggs – was your favourite?

    Mr Pump - he came to life with his way of talking


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

    Not a clue - what are tag lines?


    Any additional comments?

    Hearing 'Going Postal' increased my pleasure in the book - something I didn't think was possible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Miss Lewes, United Kingdom 03/12/2013
    Miss Lewes, United Kingdom 03/12/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "A brilliant story for all the family"
    What made the experience of listening to Going Postal the most enjoyable?

    The fact that we shared the listening and that everyone from age 12 upwards was getting as much out of it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Moist von Lipwig himself is an excellent character, the conflict raging inside, the desperate urge to con everyone and run up against the refusal to give in or lose to the bullish corporation, but then there is Tolliver Groat and his amazing cures and unwavering belief in the Post Office....


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Briggs’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Stephen Briggs is always superb when reading the Discworld books, he has a real feel for them and their voices always seem to match how I hear them in my head.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Lots of laughter from everyone


    Any additional comments?

    Would thoroughly recommend any books where Terry Pratchett and Stephen Briggs have teamed up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • ChrisR
    Australia
    19/10/07
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    "Great as an audiobook"

    Warning - don't listen to this book whilst driving in peak hour traffic, it's so funny you can't concentrate on the driving! The combination of Terry Prachett as author and Stephen Briggs as narrator is the best. Highly recommended.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Jacobus
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    05/09/10
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    "Probably one of the best Discworld novels"

    I thoroughly enjoyed Going Postal. Postmaster Moist Von Lupwig is a brilliantly thought out character (or should I say Mr. Spangler).

    The Patrician of Ankh-Morpork, decides to put a fraudster, embezzler and thief in charge of the Royal Post Office. He must resurrect the white elephant from the ashes. What follows is typical Terry-Pratchett-wiz(z)ardry.

    I also enjoyed Stephen Briggs' performance. He made the characters come live and made you wish you were there! Highly recommended!!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    Soeborg, Denmark
    26/08/10
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    "Utterly hilarious!"

    This is one of the best Discworld books I have ever had the pleasure of reading/listening to. The characters are well written and the plot leads to quite a number of absurdities that Terry Pratchett executes to perfection. I laughed out loud more than once and have already re-listened to the book a number of times.

    Stephen Briggs does a magnificent job and has made me a devoted fan of his version of Pratchett's books.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jason
    Canada
    27/05/12
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    "Nice Moist Von Lipwig book."

    A very good book. Pratchetts discworld is going into the industrial revolution and I really like this one. This is a pretty good book and I like his style. I haven't decided if I like Stephen Briggs better than Nigel Planer or not though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Josephine
    Tomakin, Australia
    25/11/09
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    "great book."

    This is a very funny book, Terry Pratchett has a strange mind, but you cannot stop reading, the mind pictures are amazing. So all in all a great book, a great read, and if you don't find yourself giggling quietly you will find your self laughing out loud.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    21/05/14
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    "Excellent"
    Any additional comments?

    Possibly my favourite DIscworld novel so far. I highly recommend it, particularly if you like the stories surrounding the City Watch, which I think are similar in style to this one. As always, Stephen Briggs does a great job of reading - he is particularly good at rendering all the footnotes, asides and internal monologues clearly without confusing the narrative.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stuart
    Upper Hutt, New Zealand
    11/12/12
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    "A good transition from paper to audible"
    Would you listen to Going Postal again? Why?

    I have, and will, 're-read' Going Postal. The story flows very well and has the ability to both draw you into the story over an evening or else drip feed the story one chapter at a time.


    What other book might you compare Going Postal to and why?

    As with almost all of the Pratchett works, the more you listen to (or read), the more absorbed you become in Disc World. There are a number of story-lines available in the Disc World series - so pick the line that you wish to follow and go from there.


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Briggs – was your favorite?

    Defiantly Von Moist!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marcel
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    07/04/12
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    "Wow, what a joy"
    Where does Going Postal rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high. They are all different and I all rank them high, but this one, both story and reading are top notch.


    What other book might you compare Going Postal to and why?

    Pratchetts are quite unique.


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Briggs – was your favorite?

    The lady, Pump 19, Stanley and Vetenari


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Too short

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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