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Who's murdering harmless old men? Who's poisoning the Patrician? As autumn fogs hold Ankh-Morpork in their grip, the City Watch has to track down a murderer who can't be seen.  

Maybe the golems know something - but the solemn men of clay, who work all day and night and are never any trouble to anyone, have started to commit suicide....

It's not as if the Watch hasn't got problems of its own. There's a werewolf suffering from Pre-Lunar Tension, Corporal Nobbs is hob-nobbing with the nobs and there's something really strange about the new dwarf recruit, especially his earrings and eye shadow.

Who can you trust when there are mobs on the street and plotters in the night and all the clues point the wrong way? In the gloom of the night, Watch Commander Sir Samuel Vimes finds that the truth may not be out there after all....

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

©1996 Terry and Lyn Pratchett (P)1999 Isis Publishing Ltd.

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"Most writers would have trouble producing a full page of the rich zaniness with which Terry Pratchett fills entire novels. His comic fantasies have plots and characters, but they're really about language. They beg to be read aloud." (AudioFile)

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Go set a Watchman...

This is one of the best Sir Terry Pratchett's novels, which we have enjoyed a lot while driving round The Lakes during our recent holiday.
It always amazes me how easily he is able to tap in to genres and weave in topical references. Here, you're dragged into a thrilling murder investigation by City Watch who will make you laugh and keep you entertained till the last pages. Different social behaviours described in the book are yet so familiar in our day-to-day lives and showing all the colours of the wise satirist that the author was. What a beautiful mind he had!

Nigel Planer's narration is spectacular and I cannot complement him enough every time I write the review. Alongside with such a good story by Sir Terry Pratchett, it's a perfect audiobook and I will be returning to it again and again.

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lovely

one of the best disc world stories. funny moving ingenious enthralling. full of interesting questions about life politics and the nature of nobility

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A solid detective story in a fantasy setting

Would you listen to Feet of Clay again? Why?

As one of the "middle" City Watch books, Pratchett was really getting into his stride in evolving the characters and the city they inhabit. The story itself is nicely paced and doesn't suffer from any slow moments.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Feet of Clay?

This is the story where golems suddenly pop up as one of the many races inhabiting the Disc, so quite a few good moments circle around characters as they try to understand these strange man-made creatures. The sub-story about the Patrician's poisoning is particularly entertaining too.If I had to pick a winning moment without giving away any spoilers, I'd have to say that the bag of sugar has to be the best moment for me.

Which character – as performed by Nigel Planer – was your favourite?

Vimes is always a treat when performed by Planer, but to be honest most of the characterisations are entertaining.

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

I have done, several times.

Any additional comments?

It's probably worth checking out Men at Arms or Guards! Guards! first otherwise you might find this whole "Discworld" thing confusing.

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A classic Discworld story

Nigel Plainer reads us a story of golems, Vimes, Carrot, Nobby Nobs and royalty. Nigel and Pratchett are a bulletproof combination.

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  • 27-11-18

Love Discworld but the narrator is bad

The books read by Nigel Planer are a lot less enjoyable. His delivery is distractingly bizarre at times and comes across like he's not put much thought into what accents to use or the meaning of the words he is saying. I mean there are a lot of characters from different places, and made up words etc, but some of the accent and pronunciation choices he makes just don't make sense at all.

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If You Don't Like The King You Have, Make One... Or Not!

Kings are all around. And the right to bear arms is not all that exclusive!

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Amazing

Another great book, well written by Terry Pratchett and well read by Nigel Planer. Great storyline, easy to follow. Another fascinating book in the Discworld series, can't wait for the next!

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I want to throttle whoever made the terrible intro

Seriously the theme music at the start of the books is enough to make you never buy any of these amazing novels in audio! The audio sound quality is very poor - but the narration is great, and these books are Terry Pratchett's Discworld at their best - read or listen to them before the adulterated new TV programme becomes a 'thing'!

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Another instalment of The Watch

As always it's a great story by Sir Terry. The characters are quite different and amazing and I love following their stories

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definotly worth downloading my fav charector is cheery littlebottom ha ha ha ha ha ha ha haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

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  • 22-09-10

Great, as usual, but with a glitch

This is the fifth Terry Pratchett I've bought, I'm going to work/listen my way through the entire library. Nigel Planer is absolutely brilliant and perfect as a narrator, I may move on to listen to everything he's narrated.

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There is a "skip" in Part One, Chapter Four, minute 56:20. The narration moves from Foul Ole'Ron and the others shrinking away from a strange figure in the night, and jumps to the suicide of a golem in the butcher's workshop.
I can't get Audible customer support to understand my complaint - there's a problem with the recording! - or respond to it.

I still like the story, and the recording, I just wonder what I'm missing.

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  • Janice
  • 29-05-12

Great Story and great Reading

The characters in this fantastic Terry Pratchett story are brought to life by the reader, bringing a whole new layer to the great tales that Terry Pratchett writes.

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  • Jack
  • 26-04-20

Good Pratchett

Dorfl became a great character. Cast is really coming together. Interesting mystery, but I wasnt quite sure why the golems made the king.

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  • Cliente Amazon
  • 26-09-19

Really good, funny, ingenious

The story in intreaguing, the plot isn't obvious, the ironic comments are priceless, I really enjoyed the intelligent humorous description overall.

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  • Stef
  • 31-01-19

puntastic

Pratchett's writing is as brilliant as ever and Planer's performance is wonderful again. very enjoyable.

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  • 02-01-19

All the jokes... :D

I realy liked this book due to the complexety ofthe jokes and the good_storyline itself.

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  • Tobias
  • 23-07-17

Not Pratchett's Best, But Still Great

The "City Watch Arc" is one of my favorite Discworld storylines, and Feet of Clay does not disappoint. It falls a bit short of the fast pased action in Guards! Guards! and it lacks some of the complexity of Men at Arms, but it is still well worth reading. As always, the story is brimming with clever allusions and the satirical humor Pratchett uses when exploring profound questions about the human condition.
There are many good narrators but only one can be Nigel Planer. Nobody reads Pratchett, or anyone else for that matter, as well as he does. Of all the narrators in all the worlds he is my first choice for any story.
Feet of Clay is a great audio book. If you are a Pratchett fan or if you have any sense of humor at all it will not disappoint you.

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  • MJM
  • 10-05-16

Thoughtful Storyline

Where does Feet of Clay rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Made me laugh - like all of Terry's story's. Ranked really high.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Vimes is at his sarcastic best. His outlook on the life & times of HIS city is what keeps me reading.

Have you listened to any of Nigel Planer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes on other Pratchett's audiobooks. Reads his books well.

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

Yes a number of times. If it was a paperback it would be in pieces through overuse.

Any additional comments?

Love this book. It's always interesting how Terry Pratchett manages to have several storylines running along side each other without the listener losing their way.

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  • sandra
  • 01-03-13

Nigel Planer delivers again.

Would you consider the audio edition of Feet of Clay to be better than the print version?

I've enjoyed the print versions of Pratchett's books for years, but there's something about Nigel Planer's delivery that really brings it all to life.

What about Nigel Planer’s performance did you like?

I've listened to a few recordings by Nigel Planer now, and I really like the way he has assigned specific accents and personality touches to each of the characters. He's continued this from one book to the next, so there's a great audible continuity to his work.

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  • Kent
  • 03-09-12

Another excellent night watch book.

What did you love best about Feet of Clay?

All the clever pop culture references to, among other things, classical robot movies like Robocop.

What other book might you compare Feet of Clay to and why?

Hmm. It's a mystery story at heart with an enormous amount of little things going on.
I'd say it compares well to Men at arms by the same author.

Have you listened to any of Nigel Planer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Solid as always.
He does not quite reach the same level as Stephen Briggs but is still a top notch reader.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The phrase uttered by Dorfl: 'Undead or alive you are coming with me' perhaps?
Or possibly 'taking names and prodding buttock'.

Any additional comments?

Anyone interested in reading Terry Pratchetts Discworld series but has not yet done so should probably start with a previous city watch book: Guards Guards!
There is very little about this book that cannot be enjoyed on its own but most people prefer to follow the characters chronologically.