Feet of Clay : Discworld

  • by Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by Nigel Planer
  • Series: Discworld
  • 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Who's murdering harmless old men? Who's poisoning the Patrician? As autumn fogs hold Ankh-Morpork in their grip, the City Watch has to track down a murderer who can't be seen.Maybe the golems know something - but the solemn men of clay, who work all day and night and are never any trouble to anyone, have started to commit suicide...It's not as if the Watch hasn't got problems of its own. There's a werewolf suffering from Pre-Lunar Tension, Corporal Nobbs is hob-nobbing with the nobs, and there's something really strange about the new dwarf recruit, especially his earrings and eyeshadow.Who can you trust when there are mobs on the street and plotters in the night and all the clues point the wrong way? In the gloom of the night, Watch Commander Sir Samuel Vimes finds that the truth may not be out there after all...


What the Critics Say

"Most writers would have trouble producing a full page of the rich zaniness with which Terry Pratchett fills entire novels. His comic fantasies have plots and characters, but they're really about language. They beg to be read aloud." (AudioFile)


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Customer Reviews

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No, no - not quite right. There's a fine line between giving characters, well, character - and hamming it up more than Miss Piggy at the panto. Stephen Briggs gets this right, and I commend those Pratchett novels he has narrated to your attention: distinct enough to be interesting, normal enough not to be annoying. This doesn't.

Whilst the sample of this one was promising, in the end Mr Planer fairly pole-vaults that fine line after about half an hour of listening. Cloying, oily, self-satisfied: inadvertent, no doubt, but that is the sense of the narrator that comes across. I suspect it is because of how good an actor he actually is; but great imitation and variety is not really (when you think about it) what a listener seeks in a narrator. The world's greatest mimic would be a tiresome tale teller. Distinctions between characters in literary art are mostly a matter of rhythm and vocabulary, not accent. I felt the pace and character of Pratchett being wrestled rather artlessly away into a showcase for Planer's ability to gurgle, hiss and ooze about the place.

I could have done without the Ulster Sergeant Colon, too.
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- Paddington

Bad Narration and editing ruins this book

The narration has really got to a stage here where the more you listen to Planers interpretations the more you realise that its just not right.

However the worse thing about this book is the editing. At one part of the book Planer breaks character and rereads a section as he was not happy with it. This was not picked up on in editing and as a result you get Planer telling the reader he will read that section again.

If like me you love dicworld chances are that you will download this anyway, but please be prepared for a book you will probably think is the worst read in the series, which is a real shame when you consider just how good a book it actually is.
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- Matthew

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-07-2007
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks