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Night Watch: Discworld, Book 29 | [Terry Pratchett]

Night Watch: Discworld, Book 29

Truth! Justice! Freedom! And a hard-boiled egg! Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch had it all. But now he's back in his own rough, tough past, without even the clothes he was standing up in when the lightning struck. Living in the past is hard. Dying in the past is incredibly easy. But he must survive; he has a job to do.
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Publisher's Summary

Truth! Justice! Freedom! And a hard-boiled egg!

Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch had it all. But now he's back in his own rough, tough past, without even the clothes he was standing up in when the lightning struck.

Living in the past is hard. Dying in the past is incredibly easy. But he must survive; he has a job to do. He must track down a murderer, teach his young self to be a good copper, and change the outcome of a bloody rebellion. There's a problem, though: if he wins, he's got no wife, no child, no future.

This is a Discworld Tale of One City, with a full chorus of street urchins, rebels, secret policemen, and other children of the revolution.

©1992 Terry Pratchett and Lynn Pratchett; (P)1997 ISIS Publishing Ltd.

What the Critics Say

"British author Pratchett's storytelling, a clever blend of Monty Pythonesque humor and Big Questions about morality and the workings of the universe, is in top form...in the phenomenally bestselling Discworld series." (Publishers Weekly)
"The author's talent for comedy does not falter as he continues to set the standard for comic fantasy." (Library Journal)
"Stephen Briggs's voices add dimension to the characters while avoiding exaggeration. He brings out the satire without compromising the subtlety of the humor....The series is meant to be read aloud." (AudioFile)

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    Pierre Gloucester, United Kingdom 16/11/2011
    Pierre Gloucester, United Kingdom 16/11/2011 Member Since 2011

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    "Night Watch"

    Absolutely brilliant. Love the narrator and the story is great - Vimes at his best. Well worth buying.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Will Cambridge, United Kingdom 15/11/2011
    Will Cambridge, United Kingdom 15/11/2011
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    "Serious fun."

    I don't remember being blown away by this book when I first read it, but that was close to a decade ago and I wasn't really old enough to appreciate this story, which is deep and complex even by Pratchett's standards. Listening to it now I'm very glad I chose it. Pratchett's understanding of human nature and capability for more serious storytelling shines through here. Both the hero (Vimes) and the main villain (Carcer) make great character studies and are treated like real people influencing events rather than plot-driving juggernauts. The time travel element is handled sensitively and believably and gives an insight into old Ankh-Morpork which fits in perfectly with the previously sketchy details of how bad things were in the old days. This book is perhaps less funny than some other Discworld novels (though still amusing), but it more than makes up for it in the depth of the setting and the quality of the storytelling. Highly recommended.

    Stephen Briggs's reading is as always excellent, though here more than ever his habit of giving everyone different accents is a bit jarring. Still, the narration is good and the voices and characterisation is engaging.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Roger Hervey BayAustralia 15/10/2010
    Roger Hervey BayAustralia 15/10/2010
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    "Just brilliant!"

    The combination of Stephen Briggs and Terry Pratchett is just superb. My one piece of advice for anyone thinking of getting a ?Discworld? novel is always buy the unabridged copy (if you don?t your only getting half the joke). For preference I always buy the Briggs version if it?s available because his range of voices are so good. Nigel Planer is a close second but I?m afraid Tony Robinson just doesn?t bring the charachters to life so convincingly.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Crackdown 02/10/2013
    Crackdown 02/10/2013
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    "Truth, Justice, Freedom, Reasonably Priced Love.."

    "Truth, Justice, Freedom, Reasonably Priced Love, and a Hard-Boiled Egg!"

    Night Watch is one of the best and most well loved books in the Discworld, and the audio book doesn't disappoint.

    Within this story you have mention of the wearing of lilac to commemorate the The People's Revolution uprising on the 25th May.

    Following Terry Pratchett's announcement about early onset Alzheimer, many fans refer to wearing lilac, or using the above quote on the 25th of May as a tribute, and also to raise money for Alzheimer research.

    I think for that reason alone, this book is always likely to be one of the top Terry Pratchett books of all time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    gemma Sevenoaks, United Kingdom 04/10/2011
    gemma Sevenoaks, United Kingdom 04/10/2011
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    "One of my favourite Pratchett stories"

    I love this book so was pleased to find it on Audible. I generally found it a good listen, however the range of accents felt a little bit like Briggs showing off! I appreciate that any city will have it's variations, but it was hard to find a common accent across the range of characters. Also I found Briggs' pacing a bit odd in places, but once I'd got used to it I barely noticed it.

    Overall an enjoyable story for any Pratchett fan.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    H. Paisley 27/10/2007
    H. Paisley 27/10/2007

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    "Excellent entertainment"

    Great story, well read. Recommend A++++

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    mollyeyre 11/06/2013
    mollyeyre 11/06/2013
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    "Brilliant"

    I love the way that Mr Pratchett touches on moral issues with his special brand of humour, I think he is a brilliant and very clever man. This novel is one of the first I ever read, and rereading it as an audio version brought out such a lot of the humour again. Great plot, and I love Sam Vimes and his common sense!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah 16/06/2011
    Sarah 16/06/2011
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    "Another lovely Pratchett"

    I love Pratchett's work and his hopefullness about humanity shines through this book, like all the rest.

    Not my absolute favourite, but still great! Good on you Sir Terry!
    I'm always mixed about Brigg's reading. His characters are really good, but his diction is a bit off. As if he has a cold or something, I think he reads too fast, which gives his readings an amaturish air. Still much better than Nigel Planer's readings IMHO!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David Gloucester, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom 16/11/2010
    David Gloucester, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom 16/11/2010
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    "Sublime and dark"

    This is one of the best Discworld novels out there for adults - up until now I've been very comfortable in a world that's a bit brutal but funny, but this one is dark, interesting and clean in it's delivery - there's less of the funny humour that works on various lvels in here, but it's amazing nonetheless, and a great change of pace from Terry's usual Discworld.
    That's not to say there's not some funny parts in here, but it seemed a darker, stronger story in this book.
    Highly recommended.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    margaret Brandon, United Kingdom 14/09/2010
    margaret Brandon, United Kingdom 14/09/2010 Member Since 2009
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    "Pratchett at his best"

    Terry Pratchett's grasp on life's quirkier side just gets better and better. This is a very thought prevoking book that had me in tears at times and splitting my side with laughter at others, his description or the 'grannies' is second to none. If you haven't listen to this you are missing one of the best

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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  • Oz Pom
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    "Pratchett at his best."

    In pursuit of a criminal, Commander Samuel Vimes is thrown back in time to become John Keel, the mentor to his younger self. The twists, turns and political intrigue are inter-mingled with the usual blend of Pratchett humour and wit. This is Pratchett at his very best and, through the excellent story-telling and vocal characterisations of Stephen Briggs, is a pleasure to listen to or to revisit for anyone who has already read the novel. Five star rating!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Zuhal
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    "One of the best Pratchett stories"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I would definitely recommend


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    For the first time in a long while, I was surprised by a Discworld tale. When you are a fan of a long-term, 40-odd book series, that is a very good thing.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    Mr Briggs is simply Discworld characters alive. No disrespect to the talents of Mr. Nigel Planer and Mr. Tony Robinson, but there is a feeling of rightness when it is Stephen Briggs who narrates the Discworld stories.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nadia
    27/08/14
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    "what else could have I expect from Pratchett?"
    Where does Night Watch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Well, not that high, to be honest, but only because I vastly prefer the Witches series and the Death series to the Night Watch.
    But this book was still very good. Plus, it had time-travel and young Vetinari. Nuff said.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sam Vimes. Who else.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    In the beginning - when an Assassin trainee was sent to observe Vimes.


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

    Giggle.


    Any additional comments?

    AMAZING narration. Usually I speed the narration so it is at least 1.5 times or sometimes even 2 times faster - but I didn't have to with this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D. Trasler
    Canada
    24/09/12
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    "More adventures with Sam Vimes"
    What did you love best about Night Watch?

    The story. I'm a huge fan of the Vimes books, and they may be my favourite of the Discworld series.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Night Watch?

    Vimes' speech to Carcer at the end of the book. Raised the hairs on the back of my neck.


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

    Stephen Briggs is good, though not to everyone's taste (my wife doesn't like his reading) and his characters are always distinct and fairly consistent across the series (I think his Sergeant Colon changes from "The Fifth Elephant" version).


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

    No, but it does get a reaction. The comic moments are fewer than they used to be, but it packs a punch.


    Any additional comments?

    Anyone who started with Guards, Guards and has been following the career of Sam Vimes and the Watch will appreciate this chapter of their story, dealing with time travel and some of the recent history of Ankh Morpork, including a glimpse of a young Vetinari beginning to take hold of his destiny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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