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As usual Pratchett has performed feats with the English language that appear at first glance to be impossible. Words just fit better together coming from him. We're transported back in time along with a somewhat frustrated Sam Vines who's got to save the city with the help of a younger version of himself and, gods help us, a street urchin version Nobby Nobbs. For die-hard Pratchett fans, that's all the information you need to realize that this is a rollicking good read.
Stephen Briggs performs nicely as narrator and makes the whole trip pleasant. Alas, I'll always be biased - These tales truly ought to be read by Nigel Planer. Nigel's voice will forever and always ring true for me as the 'proper' voice of each of the Disk World folk.
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I believe that Sir Terry is on record as saying "A Hat Full of Sky" is his personal favorite, and I agree that it is a great book, but I have to respectfully disagree with His Grace on this. I feel "Night Watch" is not only the pinnacle of his "Watch" themed books, but the best of Discworld. This book always seems to transport me to Ankh-Morpork and bring it and the characters to life; this is escapism at its best. And Stephen Briggs is, simply put, _The_ voice of Discworld. (Though, how amazing would it be for Briggs and Nigel Planar to team up, each doing the characters they do best? I'm not sure that Pratchett fans would be able to handle the euphoria of that pairing.)
If you've never read Pratchett's work, or are new to Discworld, I think this book could easily leave you wanting more. There are other Discworld books that precede "Night Watch" in the "Watch" arc, and having that background would certainly help make this reading a bit richer. But this book stands on its own nicely and would be a great introduction to Pratchett's work and the massive Discworld series. Be warned--Discworld has driven the most sane and boring of us to ridiculous levels of fanaticism. You may soon find yourself looking for a red pointy hat and a staff with a knob on the end.
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If you are a fan of Discworld, This is a book for you. Superbly read. A real sense of the orator knowing the book well and can anticipate the humour without spoiling it.
If you are new to discworld, this is still a very fun book but i reccommend you listen to a much earlier book in the series. Why? Although this is a great book a lot of the superb humour does depend on a prior knowledge of the other discworld books, in particular, the other Sam Vimes books.
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One of Pratchett's best...Commander Vimes of the 'Night Watch' undertakes the ultimate exercise in self defence. While saving himself, he also has to save a city, arrest a psychopath and get home for the birth of his child.