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Summary

A weathercock has risen from the sea of Discworld and suddenly you can tell which way the wind is blowing.  

A new land has surfaced and so have old feuds. And as two armies march, Commander Vimes of Ankh-Morpork City Watch has got just a few hours to deal with a crime so big that there's no law against it. It's called 'war'.

He's facing unpleasant foes that are out to get him...and that's just the people on his side.

The world's cleverest inventor and its most devious politician are on their way to the battlefield with a little package that's guaranteed to stop a battle....

Discworld goes to war....

This is the 21st volume in the Discworld series.

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

©1997 Terry and Lyn Pratchett (P)2000 Isis Publishing Ltd.

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"Nigel Planer is a stunning narrator in these stories, delivering a wide range of voices and styles while remaining wonderfully energetic and consistent." (Library Journal)
"Anyone who doesn't mind laughing themselves silly at the idiocy of people in general and governments in particular will enjoy Jingo." (Amazon.com)

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How do you get a donkey up a minaret?

If you love the Patrician (and I do) you will love the donkey bit of this ridiculous, but wonderful story of Samuel Vimes's trials at war in the desert. All your favourite Ankh Morporkian characters go to war. Nobby discovers his female side,Leonard de Quirm invents a submarine, Colon is........Colon.........and all ends happily, after a fashion. And if you ever have to get a donkey up (and down) a minaret, then the answer is here, too.

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Not a bad version but...

The narrator is not my favourite, the accents are odd but eventually you get used to them, although I accept this might be a personal thing. However what is unforgivable is the moment 3/4 of the way through when it says, randomly, "start of chapter squible" and then cuts off the start of that section, basically badly cut from the CD... Not what I'm paying for audible!!!

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Terry never fails to deliver a fantastic story

What did you like most about Jingo?

The humour and twists and turns. Always taking you to a new place in his imagination.

What did you like best about this story?

That constant urge to get back to the story when you had time to enjoy it. The colourful characters, fantastic humour and brilliant twists and a nod to I am guessing, De Vinci

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

Vimes - of course!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh out loud moments

Any additional comments?

Cant get enough of Terry's books

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Not my favourite disc world

Struggled to follow the story really, and not that funny. But its the only one so far out of the first 20!!

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Good, but not my favourate Terry Pratchett book

I enjoyed this book, like all of TP's discworld books, but this one wasn't quite as good as some of the others.
Nigel Planer is a good narrator but again I prefer Stephen Briggs and Tony Robinson when listening to TP.
Overall, it's a good listen, so please don't let my opinion put you off; if you like Discworld books you'll like this one as well.

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Good but not my favourite Pratchett

found some aspects of the storyline hatd to follow at times so got a bit confused in the middle. still enjoyed it though and Nigel Planer is a great narrator

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what a shame

Pratchett &Planer, masters of their craft, what a shame the editing was so poor :(

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Terry Pratchett rules

Excellent example of the Disc World universe with lots of humour. The performance was OK but fell into the usual trap of too many silly voices. Disc World is not pantomime.

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jingo

all the usual suspects from the guards,they just keep getting better and the story is brilliant too.

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Nigel Planer makes hard work of an otherwise brilliant book. Some of the voices aren"t convincing

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  • Aye-Htun
  • 20-03-14

A true Pratchett classic

Would you listen to Jingo again? Why?

One of the funniest Pratchett stories. Had me rolling with laughter at times.

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

I prefer Stephen Bigget's narrative but Nigel definitely performed with flying colour in Jingo.

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  • 27-12-18

What you see is what you get

When you listen to a watch novel from the discworl you know excactly what you're gonna get and thats pretty damn satisfying.

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  • 30-10-17

Laughed out loud too many times to count

Exceptionally incisive, hilarious and a study of human nature at its best.
Loved it !
A must read for anyone that likes satire. A lot of the usual characters make an appearance.
The way he explains the concepts of war, of how 'different means dangerous' is just amazing. Of course you will be laughing all the way at the brilliant wit, fast paced plot so that you won't see the twists coming.
A suffering Vimes, a smug Vetinari, the always innocent Nobby and so much more !!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-08-21

Missing part, but still great

I think there was a part of the book missing, you can hear "end of page 14" at some point there and so I think it was probably copied from cassettes, but that's fine. The book is of course good, just like other Discworld novels ;)

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  • peter
  • 24-12-20

Very great

Wow this and another book taken at random from the huge library on audible are so excellent I feel like I’ve found gold. Lots of very enjoy hours ahead.

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  • Margarita Cedillo
  • 29-10-20

Sir Terry never disappointed any reader

Love to hear the books in the original language. When translated to Spanish form Spain I hate reading local language such as gilipollas 😑. The reader is very good, my only complain is that the full collection is not available for Mexico.

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  • Tatjana Fursova
  • 07-08-20

Perfect Pratchett-esque cynicism

Wonderfully cynical and beautifully pacifistic satire. In a typical Pratchett fashion, people are accurately examined in a way, that makes you almost disgusted with yourself and humanity, but at the same time, you think "Ah yes, everything is, as it will always be".

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  • Don Walsh
  • 01-10-19

Great story, great performance. Bad recording

This file is badly converted from audio tapes. There are frequent squelch noises throughout, and at least one instance of "end of side 14" was left in during the conversion.

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  • Stuart Carruthers
  • 17-06-19

First audio book

This was my first audio book, normally I prefer full cast productions, and despite Nigel Planers excellent reading i was still left unimpressed. Oh well to each their own.

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  • Marit
  • 08-05-19

Sam Vines is a great character!

Love it! My sister always said Commander Vimes was her favorite Discworld character, and after this book, I finally understand why!