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Carpe Jugulum

Narrated by: Nigel Planer
Series: Discworld: Witches, Book 6, Discworld, Book 23
Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
5 out of 5 stars (1,196 ratings)
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Summary

Mightily Oats has not picked a good time to be a priest. He thought he'd come to the mountain kingdom of Lancre for a simple little religious ceremony. Now he's caught between vampires and witches, and he's not sure there is a right side.

There are the witches: young Agnes, who is really in two minds about everything; Magrat, who is trying to combine witchcraft and nappies; Nanny Ogg, who is far too knowing; and Granny Weatherwax, who is big trouble.

And the vampires are intelligent, with fancy waistcoats and lots of style. They're out of the casket and want a bite of the future.

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Critic reviews

"Pratchett lampoons everything from Christian superstition to Swiss Army knives here, proving that the fantasy satire of Discworld 'still ate'nt dead'." (Publishers Weekly)
"Every sentence is made to sing for its supper, and it is this precision that allows [Pratchett] such meticulous control of the pacing, the plotting, and of course, the humour." (The Times [London])
"Another sidesplitting Discworld adventure." (Kirkus)

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  • Clare
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • 17-01-11

A book with bite

I have never come across a Discworld book that fails to enthral and delight, and this one is about a good as they get. From the witty one-liners, to the struggle between good and evil (an even harder battle to fight when it takes place inside your own head) and the problems with The Maiden, The Mother and The Other One. A truly wonderful story to sink you teeth (or fangs) into.

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Great story - shame about the narration

Agree with the other reviewer about the failings of Nigel Planer's narration - which is a shame because his performances on Witches Abroad and Maskerade are better. What is really irritating is the lack of consistency in the voices between books - particularly noticeable with Agnes who has an entirely different accent to the one in Maskerade! Anyone who is looking for good Pratchett narration should go for the later Discworld unabridged books as performed by the amazing Stephen Briggs - whose voices are perfect for the characters and absolutely consistent between books.

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Fangs for the memories

Brilliant, simply brilliant. An excellent performance that brings the characters to life.
One of my favourites, and I wasn't disappointed

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slow to start but then just couldn't stop

Another great Audio story from the Greatly missed Mr Pratchett. Yet another story that I just couldn't listing to. Granny Weather wax is one of my favorite characters, along with Sir Samuel Vies. now onto the next. It's such a shame now to think that one day I will read/listen to the last of Terry's stories.

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  • Gary
  • South Herefordshire, United Kingdom
  • 12-05-15

Always a pleasure

Always a pleasure to listen to Terry Pratchett's work, always something new to discover and to be reminded of forgotten something's.

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Good, but needs Tony Robinson!

Needs to have Tony Robinson narrating otherwise it's just the same as reading to book.

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  • Rachel
  • Farnham, United Kingdom
  • 13-04-15

AMAZING

This book is amazing 👍👍👍👍👍

I recommend it to any pratchett lovers 😻10 out of 10 😺 love it so much

Rowan

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Another good book by Terry Practchett

It has the usual good humour and continues the witches series. The characters of the witches is developed further to give greater depth to the book.

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  • Suzanne
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 08-09-11

Disappointing

This is a terrific book, funny and pacy. But I didn't like Nigel Planer's performance - everyone sounds the same, and they all sound stupid. Sheila Hancock makes a much better Granny Weatherwax.
I won't be buying any of the other Pratchett audiobooks, shame, because I love them.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Discworld books

Carpe Jugulum is the 19th book in the Discworld series and I have really enjoyed the narration given by Nigel Planer. I've got used to his interpretation of all the different charactets, for me he brought Terry Pratchett's creations to life and I was so looking forward to listening to the rest of the series with Nigel. However when I went to purchase The Fifth Elephant I was disappointed to see that Nigel Planer had not continued with the narration. No matter now I tried I couldn't find out of they were in the pipeline or not. Early on in the series I made a mistake in one of my purchases and ended up with one of the narrations by Tony Robinson, no offence to him but his voice does not fit well with The Discworld books and I very quickly stopped listening and repurchased it with the correct narrator. Having had this trouble I was in two minds as to whether I would continue with with the Audible versions or not but I had withdrawal symptoms so I had to try Stephen Briggs' narration on The Fifth Elephant and to my absolute delight his voice fitted the characters almost as well as Nigel Planer's. It will take a few books to readjust to the new voices of the characters but I'm happy to carry on. My only hope is that Mr Briggs has finished the series so I won't have to break in another narrator. I really love these books and with the right narrator they are so enjoyable to listen too. The big regret is that Terry is no longer with us so sooner or later my pleasurable listening time will come to an end but in the meantime I intend to savour every delightful minute.

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  • Skylar
  • 23-08-11

Only 4 because of narration

The story is 5 star, but I wasn't as impressed with the narration. If you are used to Stephen Briggs's narrating, this will be quite different for you as well! However, it wasn't all bad--it just took some getting used to. He also reads a little slower than Stephen Briggs, which helped me catch a little more detail on the first listen. I would definetly listen to the sample first to see if you like it, but other than that, there were no problems for me.

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  • Eilert
  • 01-09-17

Terrible sound quality

Classic Pratchett, ably performed by Nigel Planer. A good producer could have helped him with certain aspects of his performance, such as his Feegle voices and accent.

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  • Mim
  • 06-10-10

A thoroughly enjoyable visit to Lancre

Nigel Planer is marvellous and it is wonderful to spend time back in Lancre after so long away at Ankh Morpork.

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