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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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Not understanding what all the Discworld series hoopla was about I decided to start with GUARDS! GUARDS! I was not sure I wanted to listen to a fantasy book complete with wizards and dragons, but quickly I learned it wasn't really about the setting of the story that so enamoured Pratchett's fans. It's the writing dripping with brilliant comedy and sarcasm. This guy is really good.
One really has to listen to it to appreciate it, but I suppose the best way to characterize this story is Monty Python meets Lord of the Rings. And that description is lame by comparison to the actual work of Terry Pratchett. Go ahead - give it a try. It's a lot of fun.
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This follows the sub-plot of the city watch guards. I haven't read much Pratchett but I think this was a good place to start. Had some good laughs and there was some good satire.
Narrator is also very enjoyable to listen to.