Men at Arms : Discworld

  • by Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by Nigel Planer
  • Series: Discworld
  • 9 hrs and 46 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.Browse more novels of Discworld.


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Customer Reviews

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Good Pratchett novel, good reader, bad recording.

This is another great book with the rest of Pratchett's City Watch books. The reader is also quite good (as British readers almost always are). Unfortunately for the book, the recording quality changes dramatically throughout. There are disconcerting pauses and massive sound quality changes between each of the "chapters" of the book. At first, I thought I was bumping my iPod's skip button but it turned out that the recording has problems.

This is still a good book, and worth reading or listening to, but I would look for a different recording before I got this one, and would recommend actually reading it rather than listening to an audiobook, as I would for all Pratchett books (since they're heavily dependent on wordplay for their humor, and it's hard to get that when listening to the text).
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- Eric

Decent character development, poor audio quality

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I really do like Nigel Planer, he has a decent set of voices, a quick comedic delivery and a qualified narrator. His recording equipment and sound engineer were on holiday for this performance... I'd love to hear it re-recorded with decent equipment

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Terry Pratchett delivers another decent and fun-loving book that explains a lot about how characters arrived in the situations they were in for the book "Thud!". (I read/listened out of order.) In this book, the most interesting part was the development and antics of Corporal Carrot. The whodunit aspect was a bit weak in my opinion though as the plot seemed a bit scattered and dry from Pratchett's normal standard. This did not affect my enjoyment but it isn't the best of the series so far.

Any additional comments?

I'll harp about the audio quality one more time. There are MANY sections of this book where it sounds like the microphone tipped over and fell on the floor, leaving Nigel to read to a muffled sock. Later it would transition roughly to crystal clear again but much quieter than it was when the muffled sound would creep in. This is ongoing throughout the book and most of it is spent trying to understand the words through the muffled and bass-heavy recording. I don't think the sound engineer showed up for work much and the recording gear sounds like it was scrapped from some old AM radio parts.

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Book Details

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