Night Watch : Discworld

  • by Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by Tony Robinson
  • Series: Discworld
  • 3 hrs and 52 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch had it all. But now he's back in his own rough, tough past without even the clothes he was standing up in when the lightning struck.Living in the past is hard. Dying in the past is incredibly easy. But he must survive, because he has a job to do. He must track down a murderer, teach his younger self how to be a good copper, and change the outcome of a bloody rebellion. But there's a problem: if he wins, he's got no wife, no child, no future.Here is a Discworld Tale of One City, with a full chorus of street urchins, ladies of negotiable affection, rebels, secret policemen, and other children of the revolution. Truth! Justice! Freedom! And a Hard-boiled Egg!

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"The best Discworld book in the whole world ever. Until next time." (SFX)
"The author's talent for comedy does not falter as he continues to set the standard for comic fantasy." (Library Journal)

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Time travel with a Discworld twist

Tony Robinson has the ability to blow life into any Discworld abridgement in such a way that you won't even miss the titbits cut out by the abridger. In the case of 'Night Watch' the niceties found in Terry Prachett's sideway remarks and such colourful characters as Constable Buggy Squires, Sergeant Anqua and Captain Carrot Ironfoundersohn are almost completely absent. The abridgement seems also a bit more children friendly with words like 'arse' changed to its more suitable counterparts.

Fortunately enough of Terry Pratchett's wit is left to make this Night Watch novel just as enjoyable as the unabridged version.

The story is solid, with sir Samuel Vimes, commander of the Ankhmorpork City Watch, chasing a cop murderer into the past to ensure that justice will serve. Pratchett catches the camaraderie between Police officials splendidly and vividly. When the arch-criminal and cop murderer Carser becomes one of the gang, the plot thickens and Vimes has to choose between going back to his time of serving justice. Typically Discworld style Vimes chooses against what you and I would have.

I thoroughly enjoyed this recording of 'Night Watch.' You might want to buy it for Tony Robinson's performance and for being child safe, otherwise the unabridged version should be seriously considered.

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- Jacobus "When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else."

All the little angels rise up, rise up...

I got into Audible for this exact book. I was reading it one day and wondered how the song went, and wondered if an audiobook narrator would tell me. Tony Robinson did not disappoint. I first met him as Baldrick in Blackadder, and he has outshone himself. He has given each character a life of his/her own, instead of just sounding like a man doing women's voices, etc. Kudos. He got me hooked (:
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- Kelly

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-15-2007
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks