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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...
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©1996 Terry and Lyn Pratchett (P)1999 Isis Publishing Ltd.
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Critic Reviews

"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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3 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 05-05-13

bad audio

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I love the discworld novels, especially any that involve the Watch. Unfortunately, when they pulled the audio from the cds for this no one bothered to check the quality. There are dead spaces where the cds move from one track to another and some of these are in the middle of a sentence.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Brooke P. Anderson on 01-17-05

One of the best of the best

I've listened to about 20 Discworld books so far, and they are all excellent. I've rated them all 5 stars. This one, though, is one of my favorites from the 20. The reason is that, while it is as hilarious and well written as the others, aspects of the plot in this one strike me as being much deeper and more interesting to contemplate -- predestination vs. free will, for example.

Also, for those who have read Discworld books, I suggest you don't let that deter you from listening to them with Nigel Planar narrating. He adds a whole new dimension himself. Nigel Planar's narration and Terry Pratchett's writing is a match made by, well . . . the gods.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Annalie Prinsloo on 03-08-18

Narrator

I would prefer the narration to be done in a more subtle manner. Poor narration of Drumnott, poor narration of Willikins. It makes them sound a bit stupid and slow witted. Willikins can kill a man with sharpened pennies, sewn into a hat brim, and in this story he sounds like a plodding halfwit. And no justice is done to poor old Drumnott either. As lover of Discworld novels, and respect for Sit Terry Pratchett, I believe that the narration has to reflect the carracter. It will always be very good source material. The narrator just need to do these beloved characters justice. Thank you.

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