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Carpe Jugulum

Discworld, Book 23
Narrated by: Nigel Planer
Series: Discworld, Book 23, Discworld: Witches, Book 6
Length: 9 hrs and 44 mins
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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.

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

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Critic reviews

"Another sidesplitting Discworld adventure." (Kirkus

"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]) 

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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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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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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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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.

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a story to sink your teeth into

love the discworld and the witches, a good twist on classic vampire stories, pratchett addimg wit and humour as usual, would highly recommend 👌 👍

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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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  • Urvashi R
  • 22-04-20

Very amusing

A very amusing book, wonderfully narrated by Nigel Planer! He brings the characters and scenery alive!

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  • Stef
  • 30-03-20

devoured this story

I was Bewitched by Nigel Planer's reading. The story kept me up at night as I had to finish this fun tale.

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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.