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Thud!: Discworld, Book 34 | [Terry Pratchett]

Thud!: Discworld, Book 34

Koom Valley? That was where the trolls ambushed the dwarfs, or the dwarfs ambushed the trolls. It was far away. It was a long time ago. But if he doesn't solve the murder of just one dwarf, Commander Sam Vimes of Ankh-Morpork City Watch is going to see it fought again, right outside his office.
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Koom Valley? That was where the trolls ambushed the dwarfs, or the dwarfs ambushed the trolls. It was far away. It was a long time ago.

But if he doesn't solve the murder of just one dwarf, Commander Sam Vimes of Ankh-Morpork City Watch is going to see it fought again, right outside his office.

With his beloved Watch crumbling around him and war drums sounding, he must unravel every clue, outwit every assassin, and brave any darkness to find the solution. And darkness is following him.

Oh, and at six o'clock every day, without fail, with no excuses, he must go home to read Where's My Cow?, with all the right farmyard noises, to his little boy. There are just some things you have to do.

Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards.

©2005 Terry and Lyn Pratchett; (P)2005 Isis Publishing Ltd

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    Vinca Brampton, Cumbria, United Kingdom 30/07/2008
    Vinca Brampton, Cumbria, United Kingdom 30/07/2008
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    "Hrrruuurrh"

    As a long time lover of discworld it was hard to pick which book to start with for my discworld audio experience. With Discworld celebrating its 25th anniversary there are plenty to choose from! It had to be unabridged and then had to be Stephen Briggs, so familiar to many discworld fans for his adaptations for the stage. Listening to a few clips I finally decided on Thud! - Vimes at his best. It was a complete joy to listen to, with the characters leaping out of the speakers and coming to life. It is a great book read by a man who vividly recreated the atmosphere and humour of the discworld. In particular I loved the reading of 'Where's my cow?' to young Sam, with '...it goes Hrrruurrrh.That's not my cow, it's a hippopotamus...' having me in fits of giggles even after replaying that short bit many times! A really great listen that I would reccommend to either seasoned discworld fans or those who are new to Pratchett. Hours of fun to be enjoyed over and over again. Hrrruurrrrh!

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Cornish Jan 20/03/2008
    Cornish Jan 20/03/2008

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    "Fantastic story, great reading"

    Pratchett always has great stories but this is read so well. So many characters, each with an individual voice and, what is more, the exactly right one! Brilliant reading. brilliant writing. A match made in Heaven!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    H. Paisley 23/11/2007
    H. Paisley 23/11/2007

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    "Don't hesitate!"

    This is Pratchett at his best. Fantastic, very entertaining story. As usual, leaves me wondering how on earth he thinks these story lines up. If you are a fan of Sam Vimes, this one is definitely for you. And I must comment on Stephen Briggs. I've heard many a favourite story ruined by the wrong reader, but Stephen Briggs is ABSOLUTELY PERFECT. I can't imagine anyone reading it better than he does.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Roger Hervey BayAustralia 15/02/2010
    Roger Hervey BayAustralia 15/02/2010
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    "The best discworld team!"

    Stephen Briggs is just brilliant! I'm afraid Tony Robbins and Nigel Planer just can't hold a candle to this fella. I was in fits of laughter for the full duration of the story and found myself absolutely absorbed by the depth he brings to the discworld.
    This is the best "Watch" story yet. I hope a Briggs re-telling of "Gaurds Gaurds" is on the way?

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Will Cambridge, United Kingdom 08/11/2011
    Will Cambridge, United Kingdom 08/11/2011
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    "One of my favourite discworld books."

    "Thud!" is the 30th adult Discworld novel, but if asked to rank them I would put it near the top. Several of the books after this have been a bit lacklustre for me, but this one is amazing.

    This is Vimes and Co. at their best, and is a brilliant and funny study of racial prejudice and mob mentality told with Pratchett's characteristic optimism and faith in humanity. The Discworld seems a richer and more believable world than ever, and I really hope Pratchett has time to elaborate on the hints of troll culture he makes here. Several of the new characters are also brilliant.

    I really like Stephen Briggs's readings, much more than Nigel Planar. It's true he seems to feel the need to give every single character a different accent, which is a bit odd, but does certainly help to distinguish them. His voices are great, and his Vimes is spot-on.

    The only warning I would give is that by this point in the series a certain amount of foreknowledge of the Discworld mythos is helpful. It's not as bad as in some subsequent books, but I would say there are other books that it would be better to start with (Feet of Clay, maybe - that's another of my favourite Vimes books). Still, if you've read a Discworld book before, you can't do much better than this for your next one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Cleveland, United Kingdom 21/08/2009
    Mary Cleveland, United Kingdom 21/08/2009 Member Since 2005
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    "One of the best ones"

    Very nice. Lots of stuff about the dwarves. Carrot, Angua and Cheery feature prominently, which is always a good sign. Fairly taut plot and not too much dawdling for predictable jokes.

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    Lydia 06/12/2014
    Lydia 06/12/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "Great for listening to during revision!"
    What made the experience of listening to Thud! the most enjoyable?

    You can't go wrong with a Terry Practchett book! And this is one of his best. The plot is typically convoluted, but intriguing, suspenseful, and hilarious, wiht fantastic characterisation.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    His Grace the Duke of Ankh, Sir Sammuel Vimes of course! He is funny, cynical and unpredictable, and you've gotta love him.


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

    Fred Colon. His faux posh accent is hilarious. Especially when backed up by the hapless nobby nobbs.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Sam reads the story to young Sam when he is in the caves. Them feels!


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    Ruth 03/12/2014
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    "Possibly my favourite Discworld story"
    If you could sum up Thud! in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, gripping, perfect.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Thud!?

    When Vimes recites "Where's My Cow" from under Koom Valley


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The speeding coaches heading to Koom Valley


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Hearing Sybil explain why there was no problem with women being on battlefields.


    Any additional comments?

    This could all be my favourite of all of Pratchett's novels. It is great how the city had evolved and the politics and the Watch with it. I love the idea of Vimes watching himself and being this potentially powerfully dark force but thing all soft when I the presence of his young son. Lots of typically wonderful moments with many of my favourite characters and an absolutely cracking plot line to boot. I've read it many times and now I'm listening to it over and over. What a total joy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rogayah 01/12/2014
    Rogayah 01/12/2014
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    "Sam Vimes, Hero"

    This shows what a nice man Vimes is despite the problems he has to face: he unwittingly and brilliantly tackles and solves them with his usual modesty and intuition. Out of His depth in the High Country, he can still shine as a copper and diplomat.

    A good balance of wit, mystery, murder and excitment. One of the best Discworld books and very well narrated.

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    Dr 13/12/2013
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    "No worries"

    I am always deeply suspicious of audio or film adaptations of books that I love, so rarely does the production live up to the version in my head. As a serious fan of the Discworld series, and disappointed by earlier readings, I downloaded Thud with some trepidation. I needn’t have worried, Stephen Briggs is a perfect audio match for the genius of Terry Pratchett and if anything, I appreciated the book even more having listened to it.

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    "The Somening Dark"

    I am a bit surprised that I am disappointed in this story. I feel that it is a bit rushed, do not get me wrong it still a good book, but it lacks something.

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  • Jessie
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    04/03/13
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    "Briggs brings out the best of Pratchett"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, definitely. I am a huge fan of Pratchett's work, and Briggs brings out the best in it: laugh-out-loud humour, fun, and insight into our world and his.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Vimes. He's cynical, mistrustful, a little bit prejudiced, and plenty flawed, but for all that, he's our hero, and he's a genuinely good, genuinely likeable man who can carry the listener along with his experience.


    What about Stephen Briggs’s performance did you like?

    I love Briggs' character voices; they really bring the work to life.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The denouement of this book never fails to move me as the battle between light and dark over the heart of a good man reaches its peak.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marcel
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    06/12/12
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    "Pratchett delightful as ever, Briggs superb"
    If you could sum up Thud! in three words, what would they be?

    delightful, mind-bending


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Thud!?

    Vimes finally missing his 6 o'clock appointment


    What about Stephen Briggs’s performance did you like?

    No one else should ever be allowed to read Prachett


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

    Of course


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Simmons
    Brookton, Australia
    01/12/12
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    "Sam Vines at his best again"

    Love the Sam Vines book and his character development. Once again Disc World is in chaos. Look for the little bits of humour, they are the best, although I wonder if the last laugh isn't on all of us!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    Terranora, Australia
    31/07/12
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    "Another very good novel"

    This was another very good novel from Terry Pratchett and also a good narration. Although Pratchett writes each story to be fully self-contained, this should be read before Snuff (which I did not do). Enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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