Men at Arms : Discworld

  • by Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by Nigel Planer
  • Series: Discworld
  • 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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.

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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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- Elizabeth

Terrible Narration!

I am a huge fan of Terry Pratchett. This was one of my favourite books when I was younger and I had the abridged version on tape, brilliantly read by Tony Robinson, which I listened to over and over again. Managed to get 40 mins into the story in this version, not really enjoying it because of the poor choice in accents for the characters. Then however, Angua came into the story and I just couldn't listen any further. Planer gave her the voice of a stupid, dull man that might have just been passable for Nobby, but is just ridiculous for Angua, who is supposed to be clever, interesting and female. Planer just doesn't understand the personalities of any of the characters. I definitely won't buy another book narrated by Planer, I didn't think it was possible to make me not enjoy the discworld but he managed it.
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- Alex

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-07-2007
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks