Guards! Guards! : Discworld

  • by Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by Nigel Planer
  • Series: Discworld
  • 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

If you find yourself ruminating on questions like "Where have all the dragons gone?" then this is the story for you. Explore the crazy, creepy land called Discworld, where you'll discover that the dragons aren't asleep or dead - they're dormant, packed in like huge, scaly sardines. Join in the search for the key to their closed-in, comatose world in this eighth fantastical Discworld novel.Browse more novels of Discworld.


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Hooray for the Night Watch.

I must confess I am a devoted Terry Pratchett fan so this review is probably somewhat biased. Guards! Guards! is on one of the first Discworld novels I read and it is still one of my favourites. The story is about what happens when an earnest young man who has been taught about the law comes to a city where thieves and assassins are pillars of the community and the city watch is a running joke. It also about the power of mediocrity. And of course the power of a book.

Highlights include quotes such as:

"People who are rather more than six feet tall and nearly as broad across the shoulders often have uneventful journeys. People jump out at them from behind rocks then say things like, "Oh. Sorry. I thought you were someone else."

"A good bookshop is just a genteel Black Hole that knows how to read."


"There was a thoughtful pause in the conversation as the assembled Brethren mentally divided the universe into he deserving and the undeserving, and put themselves on the appropriate side.

Every time I read (or in this case listen) to it I am struck anew by the wit and insight dripping from each line. If you want a good fantasy novel and appreciate satire and a dry British wit, this book is for you.

Note- this is an excellent book to start with if you are thinking of trying Terry Pratchett, it introduces one of the best groups of characters in the Discworld but it also stands on its own.

P.S. This is a must read for any body who works in a Library.
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- Heather Kaminsky

The best satire available

I just started listening to the series again, for the umpteenth time, and I noticed that this is the novel where Pratchett really hits his stride. His earlier novels are extremely good, but they don't have quite the edge of this one. It's worth a listen just for the secret password scene at the beginning of the novel.

What's really mind boggling is to think that his wit and gift for language just keep getting better in each book. By the time he reaches Going Postal, which I think is #29 in the series (how often does anyone write 29 books, let alone 29 excellent books), you're not so much reading as admiring a truly jaw-dropping performance.
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- Glen Phipps

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books