Sam Vines is a man on the run. Yesterday, he was a duke, a chief of police, and ambassador to the mysterious, fat-rich country of Uberwald. Now he has nothing but his native wit and the gloomy trousers of Uncle Vanya. And if he can't make it through the forest to civilization, there's going to be a terrible war. But there are monsters on his trail. They're werewolves - and they're catching up. Sam Vimes is out of time and already out of breath....
©1999 Terry and Lyn Pratchett; (P)2000 Isis Publishing, Ltd.
"Unadulterated fun. Pratchett parodies everything in sight." (San Francisco Chronicle)
I really enjoyed this Pratchett- previously I have only ever listened to the abridged books (having read them all!) and was not sure how I would like the full book being read by a different voice.
But Stephen Briggs has an superb voice, and this really brought the characters to life. I had a few odd looks from fellow drivers as I was sat in a traffic jam laughing like a fool!
The 5th elephant is probably one of Terry Prachett's best books. It is well written and has interesting and funny chracters. The narrating is also really good. It is nice to listen to and will make you laugh out loud!
Another classic Pratchett outing, this time following Vimes' exploits in Uberwald as a diplomat. Sam Vimes is to diplomacy what icebergs were to transatlantic shipping in the early twentieth century - dangerous. And so begins the central conceit of this marvellous book. To heap further accolades on Pratchett is pointless - the man is simply a genius and this book was written at the height of his considerable powers. It's not just the humour that sets this book apart, it is the masterly insight into human nature that makes it shine. Add this to your Pratchett collection and you won't regret it. Oh yes, and the narration was pretty good as well!
Book 24 in the Discworld Saga, sees Commander Vimes thrown into the turbulent world of politics, as the Ambassador for Ankh-Morpork, attending the crowning of the Low King in Uberwald. Meanwhile Captain Carrot follows his heart and poor old Fred Colon faces his own particular challenges back at HQ. Excellent wit and humor with all the good bits that we've come to expect from Mr. P. This story (and production) is make it truly enjoyable by the narration from Stephen Briggs. Together, these gentlemen provide what can simply be described as a thoroughly good read, errrr, I mean listen!
We all know Terry Pratchett for the seemingly inexhaustible imagination of his Discworld series and yet again, he runs true to form. The Fifth Elephant is a wonderful juggernaut of a ride, lovingly encompassing his most vibrant characters, including Commander Vimes, Lady Cybill, Detritus,Cheery Littlebottom,Carrot , Angua and more. Add a tale set in a remote region called Ubervald, so vast that many of its denizens don't know that they live there, laugh out loud humour, and the usual Pratchett depth-if-you-want-it-but-not-bothered-if-you-don't because it's still a barrel of laughs, what on earth's, make that Discworld's not to like?
Massive Pratchett fan but found the unabridged version a bit too long, might as well read it but the abridged would be good. Nonetheless well done version which takes the guards on further.
Unfortunatly I had already read this book, but as always it was a pleasure to listen to it. All the expected twists and turns of a Discworld novel. Stephen Briggs narrated with his usual finesse, he takes on each charactor with seeming ease, you can picture every scene, and I even found myself taking on some of his voices, brilliant .
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