Summary

The town of Ankh-Morpork is in big trouble, and the City Watch is desperate for a few good men to protect it. But all they've got are the dwarves Corporal Carrot and Lance-constable Cuddy; the troll Lance-constable Detritus; Lance-constable Angua, who is believed to be a woman; and, worst of all, Corporal Nobbs, who has been disqualified from the human race for shoving!
These underdogs need all the help they can get, for they've been given only 24 hours to clean up the war-torn town.
(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1996; Copyright © Terry and Lyn Pratchett, 1993; Cover Illustration © Josh Kirby
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5 out of 5 stars
By Elizabeth on 02-06-09

An excellent reading of a very good book

Listening to this rekindled all my love for the early days of the Watch and the guards. Although he's my favourite character, I rather like the fact that Vimes is off-stage for much of the time during this story, because it gives the rest of Pratchett's wonderful characters a chance to shine: Carrot and Angua, of course, but also Gaspode, Detritus, Cuddy, Nobby, Vetinari and even Colon.

Nigel Planer's reading is evocative and at times hilarious - he knows when to let the jokes speak for themselves and when to step up with a different voice.

I've read all the Discworld books, but this was the first one I'd listened to as an audiobook. I wasn't convinced I would enjoy the experience, but I'm now a complete convert.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Daniel on 11-05-12

Great story, shame about the audio quality

The story is a classic Pratchett discworld story. It's the second in the guards series and very enjoyable.

Unfortunately the audio quality of this recording is fairly low quality. It sounds as though someone put a heavily used tape recording in to a tape player then connected that to a computer with a poor quality cable and hit play and record at the same time.

Some sections are better than others, on occasion the Nigel Planer's voice drops almost to a background level, other times it's still there at the forefront but there's still background static.

Nigel Planer does a good job with the work, however I'm not convinced about some of the voices he's come up with and one or two of the more intelligent characters come off sounding as thick as two short planks.

If you're an audiophile then this probably isn't for you, if you're sat in a loud car on your commute to work then just crank the volume up a bit.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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3 out of 5 stars
By Christian on 11-12-12

Great Story - Terrible Production!

For the Pratchett fan - especially the City Watch books - this is another great story. It's the second Nigel Planer narration I've heard and I'm just not a huge fan. He's fine, but he's not Stephen Briggs and he has a tendency to voice many of his characters in a way that makes them sound a bit slow and dim witted.

I must endorse the comments of a previous reviewer that the production quality is truly awful - terrible sound quality and frequent jump cuts / continuity errors. It's bad enough I think Audible should clean it up or put it on permanent deep discount.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Asmus Neergaard on 12-12-13

Fantastic story and audio problems

If you could sum up Men at Arms in three words, what would they be?

Fun Intelligent Hilarious

Who was your favorite character and why?

Cmd. Vimes

What didn’t you like about Nigel Planer’s performance?

While Nigel Planer's normal narrator voice is quite alright, I honestly don't like the voices he gives the different characters. They more or less sound nasal and slightly stupid all of them, save for a few ones.
However, his narration pales in comparison to the audio editing, which is plagued by hissing background noise and sudden variations in sound levels.

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

Yes, without a doubt. But only because it's a Terry Pratchett story.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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