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Jingo

Discworld, Book 21
Narrated by: Nigel Planer
Series: Discworld, Book 21, Discworld: Ankh-Morpork City Watch, Book 4
Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
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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.

Critic reviews

"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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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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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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what a shame

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

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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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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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Jingo

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

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Another cracker

Sir Terry Pratchett's sharp wit, coupled with his insight into the good and bad of modern society always manages to make me laugh. I think it's important to be able to look at the conceits of society (in this case serious things like jingoism, nationalism, racism, fundamentalism to name a few) and point out how absurd they are. Terry is known for his cutting and hilarious satire for good reason!

As with most of his books this is a stand-alone story and can be comfortably understood on its own but you might be at a loss as to who all the characters are (this is the 4th book in the night watch series) and you would miss out on a ton of character development. It's up to you but I'd recommend reading/listening to the others first as they're all great.

In this book the states of Anhk-Morpork and Klatch come to blows over the mysteriously risen island of Leshp, as they both claim one of their fisherman found it first. This political tension coupled with an assasination attempt on one of the princes makes it seem like war is inevitable, and some people stand to gain a lot from it...

Nigel Planer's narration really brings the characters to life as always, I'll never be able to imagine the character voices in any other way. I particularly love his Sergeant Detritus voice but they're all great! Truly a narrator's voice can make or break an audiobook and he makes it an absolute joy to listen to.

The main issue is a minor one which really doesn't take away much from the experience: this audiobook seems to be cut and pasted from CDs, so there is no chapter marking. It's just one whopping long chapter in the player. This would make going back to find specific parts difficult and you don't hear which chapter you're listening to at the time either but it wasn't a bother for me personally.

Overall not his best book but Terry's "lesser" books are still brilliant and absolutely worth a listen.

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Pure Satirical Bliss

one of my favourite Discworld stories. digs deep into the inherent insanity of war and racism

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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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  • Erik
  • 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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  • Ashwin Kelkar
  • 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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  • 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!

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  • Dan
  • 31-01-18

Brilliant. Fun story, great characters.

A fun continuation of the Watch storyline. I love Nigel Planer's voice acting which gives real colour to the characters.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-07-17

A book for the times

I am very glad I read this book now although I would have probably felt the same at any other point in our history, which is sad reflection on the constancy of xenophobia and jingoism. Listen to this book to see a reflection of our own ugly selves.

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  • einar
  • 07-09-16

Masterfull as always

Another great book in the watch series with excellent narration by Nigel Planer as alway. These books always get me in a good mood.

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  • Antoniya
  • 18-10-13

Yet another great story by Pratchet

Would you listen to Jingo again? Why?

I've already listened to it twice and will repeat in few months time for sure.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Captain Carrot. He is always so diligent.

What about Nigel Planer’s performance did you like?

The way he impersonates every single character

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

"If the enemy has an impenetrable stronghold, see he stays there"