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
"Readers will cheer Moist on." (Publishers Weekly)
"A laugh-out-loud tale." (AudioFile)
"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!
"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.
"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.
"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.
"Going Postal, totally brilliant."
This has got to be heard to be appreciated. It is funny, clever, witty and intelligent. Pratchett never underestimates his readers/listeners. This book see's the fall and rise of a true hereo Moist Von Lip Wig. No spoilers here just listen and enjoy.
"A Panto for the Postal service"
I wasn't sure whether I was going to like this one so much as some of Sir Terrys other books as it concentrated around a new character and had a buisness inspired storyline, but I actually thoroughly loved it. As ever Stephen Briggs characterisations are well thought out and realised. I though the villan of the piece was particularly well handled, making me want to boo and hiss everytime he appeared. and that just about sums the book up really....... A Pantomime involving the Postal service, Golems, Angels and, of course, Pins.
"Moist von Lipwig!"
Another great story of the discworld. I've read them all, and am working through the audio books during long journeys. Love Pratchett's work and after the older Tony Robinson ones this is my favourite narrator.
The Guards stories or these newer Lipwig ones are my preference and this is a great one. Would recommend the story to those new to or totally familiar with the Discworld. Good quality audio
"In a word ... Fantastic!"
I have been a big fan of Terry Pratchett for many years. His characters are so vivid that it is easy to feel you know what they'll do next.
Moist von Lipwig is a character who I immediately connected with, he is con-man who learns the error of his ways when he is given a second chance and a new life . However his talents and past help him to carry on his swindling but this time it's all above board and with government backing.
I used to really enjoy Nigel Planer's style of reading and had my doubts about Stephen Briggs, but his narration is excellent and his portrayal of the each character is great. Each character is given emotion and depth.
Definitely one of my favourite stories.
"Hilarious, ridiculous and captivating!"
Having listened to the preview of this story, I wasn't all that excited, but when it got going, I couldn't bring myself up to stop. Ex-swindeler becomes a government employee - genius! Postal crew - is totally bonkers - left me in hysterics! Miss Dearheart - what a catch! Stephen Briggs is an amazing narrator. I won't stop singing praise to him - he sold me all the Pratchett books that he had read.
The books are good, and reading them is a joy. The audio books are wonderful, and having stephen briggs read to me some of my favourite stories is great. He has given some of Terry Pratchett's characters really great voices and I can now hear a Sam Vimes voice that I hadn't got quite right whenever i read the books
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