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In a hurry I purchased one of my favourite Pratchett novels - Night Watch. Only to realise that I hadn't read the listing clearly enough. It is the shortened version. The abridged versions read by Tony Robinson are nowhere hear as good as the full length audiobooks read by first Nigel Planer, then Stephen Briggs. To turn roughly 12 hours of comic genius into 4 hours of product is a crime against the original author and his vision. I must now curse my inattention to detail and wait patiently for audible to make the full length story available.
9 of 9 people found this review helpful
This is my favourite Pratchett book and I have reread it a few times. The abridged version of this book is very entertaining and Tony Robinson is an excellent narrator, but I know this book well enough to know what I am missing.
There is an unabridged version of this book available to US users of Audible, but not to UK users.
4 out of 5 for an excellent reading of a shortened text. 1 out of 5 for the poor choice available to UK users.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Tony Robinson has the ability to blow life into any Discworld abridgement in such a way that you won't even miss the titbits cut out by the abridger. In the case of 'Night Watch' the niceties found in Terry Prachett's sideway remarks and such colourful characters as Constable Buggy Squires, Sergeant Anqua and Captain Carrot Ironfoundersohn are almost completely absent. The abridgement seems also a bit more children friendly with words like 'arse' changed to its more suitable counterparts.
Fortunately enough of Terry Pratchett's wit is left to make this Night Watch novel just as enjoyable as the unabridged version.
The story is solid, with sir Samuel Vimes, commander of the Ankhmorpork City Watch, chasing a cop murderer into the past to ensure that justice will serve. Pratchett catches the camaraderie between Police officials splendidly and vividly. When the arch-criminal and cop murderer Carser becomes one of the gang, the plot thickens and Vimes has to choose between going back to his time of serving justice. Typically Discworld style Vimes chooses against what you and I would have.
I thoroughly enjoyed this recording of 'Night Watch.' You might want to buy it for Tony Robinson's performance and for being child safe, otherwise the unabridged version should be seriously considered.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I got into Audible for this exact book. I was reading it one day and wondered how the song went, and wondered if an audiobook narrator would tell me. Tony Robinson did not disappoint. I first met him as Baldrick in Blackadder, and he has outshone himself. He has given each character a life of his/her own, instead of just sounding like a man doing women's voices, etc. Kudos. He got me hooked (: