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Guards! Guards!

Narrated by: Nigel Planer
Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
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If you find yourself ruminating on questions like "Where have all the dragons gone?" then this is the story for you. Explore the crazy, creepy land called Discworld, where you'll discover that the dragons aren't asleep or dead - they're dormant, packed in like huge, scaly sardines. Join in the search for the key to their closed-in, comatose world in this eighth fantastical Discworld novel.

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

©1989 Terry and Lyn Pratchett (P)1995 ISIS Publishing Ltd
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Eminently Re-readable

I love the characters in Terry Pratchett's books, Lady Sybil is wonderful - I imagine her like a ship in full sail, although each of the Discworld novels follow on from eachother, they are equally brilliant as 'stand alone' stories. I do feel strongly that Terry Pratchett is a brilliant man, and that his humour is intelligent and pokes fun at the stupidities of our human race!

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absolute classic

brilliantly introduced into the night watch story line and the brilliantly cynic Sam vimes!!! classic

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Warning! Do not listen in public!

Would you listen to Guards! Guards! again? Why?

Time and time again. It always makes me laugh out loud, something always takes me by surprise.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Corporal Nobbs, disqualified from the human race for shoving... or is it Lance Constable Carrot the 6 foot dwarf, a picture of innocence, or ... there are just too many to choose from.

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

No, but I will do now.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Sorry don't do this - read books instead.

Any additional comments?

This is laugh out loud funny, hence my warning. Listen and enjoy.

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Good, but not the best of the series

Guards! Guards! is one of the earlier discworld books and is the first time we are introduced to the City Watch making it their first in that line of books set in the discworld.

This is a fantastic story and it is well read, however the truth is that Planer is not as good at the unabridged recordings as Briggs and as a result I have lowered my score.

There is also the fact that as this is an early Guards book its just not as fleshed out as some of its sequels and as a result I cant really give it five stars because doing so would cheapen the five star novels from later on in the series.

If you love Discworld you will love this (I did), however while listening to it just remember that there is far better to come

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Hilarious town tales are some of Prachett's best!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Another great book from Sir Terry Prachett full of humour and sarcasm worth spending a credit for! "Guards! Guards!" gives you a "what's going to happen next?!" feeling through the whole story and so much more. This book shows the author's humour at its best through the events, names of the main characters and a liberal sprinkling of twists.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Guards! Guards!?

The dragon of course! Yes, there are dragons "stuck like sardines" who creep into the Disc...

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

Nigel Planer gives another great performance and choosing one character performed by him doesn't do the justice. Imitating all the different guards in the story and giving them their own personalities is an art in its own, elevating this to a great audio book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

This book breaks the stereotypes as no other and shows the hidden simplicity of happiness in the human nature. This especially shines through in Carrot's actions - one of the guards. His story wound through the events of the book show Prachett's unique style and his compassion to the world and its people.

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Fabulous!

Beautifully written, brilliantly read with real character infused by Nigel Planer. Absolutely Hilarious. Only let down but rubbishy sound quality of old "audiobooks - when are we going to get cd quality?

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Excellent despite not loving Terry Pratchett

I never thought that I would say this about a Terry Pratchett book, it was very amazing! I really loved it,I think I got onto the wrong foot with Terry Pratchett, but I could never get into his books then my brother made me listen to this one and I loved it, I couldn't put it down and have loved the entire series, really worth a read whether you are a Terry Pratchett fan or not.

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Must have

My favourite discworld story brought to life by Nigel Planer. I've owned and loved Tony Robinsons abridged version but this is better. The full text contains a lot of additional humour, the story holds together better, and I like planar's restrained style especially his deadpan Vimes. Highly recommended to all dragon lovers.

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one of my favourites

you can't hold a better mirror to our world. oh and it has a bloody great big dragon in it.

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Where does Guards! Guards! rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of Terry Pratchett's disc world greats.

What other book might you compare Guards! Guards! to, and why?

Well there is about 3 other books in the disc world colletion that centre's around the the night watch.

What aspect of Nigel Planer’s performance might you have changed?

There are parts where the gap between words is too long or short where it has been cut.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

any part about Knobby knobs.

Any additional comments?

Read all the disc world colletion.

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  • Jacobus
  • 28-12-09

A continuous joy

There are very few books that deserve to be revised. Guards Guards, the first of the Night Watch Discworld novels is one of these few. With the classic performance of Nigel Planer it felt like bounching into an old and beloved friend with whom one has lost contact many years ago. Planer's voice and the late Sir Terry Pratchett's "serious" humour still makes an excellent escape from the rush and turmoil of everyday life. This audiobook is a golden oldie to be revisited every once and again.

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  • Jonas Blomberg Ghini
  • 09-01-20

Great fun!

The style is noticeably different from The Colour of Magic; Guards! Guards! is a bit darker, and less in your face about subversion of tropes. It also has some decently dark commentary on humanity towards the end.

The story is thoroughly entertaining, and the narration is great. Note that there are a few spots where the audio does odd things, I think only three, maybe four places one word disappeared. No big issue.

Well worth the time and money, and I will certainly get the rest, to find out what happens to Carrot, Nobby, Vimes, Colon, and the orangutan librarian.

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  • Matthew
  • 26-01-19

Most excellent!

Very good story and characters, and Pratchett’s humor is very intelligent and witty. 10 out of 10!

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  • Michelle C.
  • 20-06-18

So much fun

My first Terry Prachett book and it was so much fun I can't wait to read more.

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  • Lukas Kubik
  • 20-05-18

Discworld in its best form

Guard! Guards! was actually one of the first if not THE first novel by Terry Pratchett I had read. It sparked a passion which became a deep love of Sir Terry Pratchett's work. To listen to the story narrated by Nigel Planer is pure joy, I have listened to this particular audiobook so many times I cannot count them, whilst working, relaxing, travelling... I can whole-heartedly recommend this title to anyone whether you're already a Pratchett's Discworld's fan or whether you are just thinking about giving it a shot.

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  • 01-11-17

amazing book, amazing performance

A great book if you've never read/listened to a discworld book before. Funny as hell with a solid emotional core.

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  • lebanen
  • 13-10-16

Such a nice way to get into Pratchett's work

I really enjoyed this audio book. The narator did his best to really place you in unbelievable adventure, with characters that are very easy to identify.

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  • BlueRoo2
  • 07-09-16

What great fun !

Where does Guards! Guards! rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is definitely one of the better books. It rolls along with the occasional laugh out loud segment and frequent guffaws.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Its hard not to like all the characters. Pratchett develops his characters as if they were real people. I do like Sam Vimes though. He's an interesting mix of the alcoholic veteran and the suddenly energetic action hero - surprising himself as much as the reader.

What does Nigel Planer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Inflection, accents and delivery pace all bring the characters to life and the events are vested with excitement you might not discover just reading it yourself. There are very few readers I think I'd trust with a Discworld book and Nigel is great.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not especially. This is a light tale that gallops along exuding fun, humour and wrapped around a cracking good story.

Any additional comments?

Yes. As much as I admire Nigel Planer, I do wish the voice he used for Sam Vimes had suited the character a little better. The voice is a little nasal and somewhat dull. Vimes is many things but he's certainly not stupid.

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  • anne marie hovgaard
  • 14-06-16

Choose a different version

Great book, but unfortunately the narrator is not very good. He makes everyone sound like Nobby.

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  • Eveline Howells
  • 29-05-16

gaurds gaurds

great fun as always Terry Pratchett is unique, if you like the crazy unusual, you will love this work..