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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.

Browse more novels of Discworld.Click here to see all the titles in our Terry Pratchett collection.
©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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  • Mrs
  • FARINGDON, United Kingdom
  • 25-11-13

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

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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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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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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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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  • 10-03-15

Why hasn't Stephen Briggs done more audio books?

Absolutely loved the story but I'm very sorry to say that Nigel isn't a patch on Stephen Briggs!

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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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  • Nancy
  • WORCESTER, WORCS, United Kingdom
  • 23-02-10

jingo

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

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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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under appreciated

it wasn’t my favourite for a long time. Colour of magic was better in my opinion but it’s grown on me; especially with the current climate.

the most under appreciated Discworld

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another great Vimes story.

commander Vimes is my favourite Discworld character he's brought to life by Nigel Planer in this story. love it. love them all. great stories I really get lost in this world

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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"

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  • Robert
  • 30-07-12

Solid performance

Would you be willing to try another book from Terry Pratchett? Why or why not?

Yes, I love Terry Pratchett's stories.

Any additional comments?

This was another good story by Pratchett. Not my favourite, but a solid performance.

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  • Lyndel
  • 31-05-12

Loved every minute

I loved Every member of the Night Watch characters, especially The Commander of the Watch. Very cleverly crafted ridicule of the bigots reasoning to go to war, because of race, colour, beliefs and wealth of nations not considered "like us" (usually because they're not white)
Go on buy the book and enjoy the fun in every sentence.
PS. I have read and also later bought the audio of every Disk World novel of the

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  • Jacobus
  • 09-02-12

The master of satire and parody at his best

Terry Pratchett's satire is sharp, witty and so spot on in ???Jingo.??? You might only realise afterwards that you are laughing at yourself. Pratchett???s commentary on the West???s Near Eastern phobia is absolutely valid.

When a war brews between Ankh-Morpork and Klatsch, commander Samuel Vimes of the still unconvincing but multi-racial and rehabilitated City Watch can be depended on to save the day. With dependable seasoned coppers such as Sergeant Fred Colon and Corporal Nobby Nobbs at the patrician, Havelock Vetinari's side, what can go wrong? With foes like 71 hour Achmed, what cannot? With Captain Carrot Ironfoundersson what can happen?

I enjoyed this Discworld novel tremendously. It doesn???t just make fun of our fears, but also challenges the listener to re-evaluate his/her prejudice. This is undoubtedly the strong point of ???Jingo.???

Nigel Planer's interpretive reading is not only excellent, but classic and easy to listen to.

If there is one thing that did hinder a bit, it is the fact that you could hear at times that this recording was taken from audio cassette and switched to digital format. At one place you actually heard the words ???The end of side 14.??? But the little hindrance had more to do that I often had to adjust the volume of my headset to adjust to the sound.

Let the above criticism not make you reluctant to buy this Discworld novel. It???s the master of satire and parody at his best! You???ll get laughs for your money and food for the soul.

Enjoy it!

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  • Donna
  • 18-12-09

Jingo, not just for Terry Pratchett fans

Wonderful story, funny, entertaining, I highly recommend it. The narration is superb. The hours flew by listening to this tale.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful