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Publisher's Summary

Truth! Justice! Freedom! And a hard-boiled egg! 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; he has a job to do. He must track down a murderer, teach his young self to be a good copper, and change the outcome of a bloody rebellion. There's a problem, though: if he wins, he's got no wife, no child, no future.
This is a Discworld Tale of One City, with a full chorus of street urchins, rebels, secret policemen, and other children of the revolution.
©1992 Terry Pratchett and Lynn Pratchett (P)1997 ISIS Publishing Ltd.
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Critic Reviews

"British author Pratchett's storytelling, a clever blend of Monty Pythonesque humor and Big Questions about morality and the workings of the universe, is in top form...in the phenomenally bestselling Discworld series." (Publishers Weekly) "The author's talent for comedy does not falter as he continues to set the standard for comic fantasy." (Library Journal) "Stephen Briggs's voices add dimension to the characters while avoiding exaggeration. He brings out the satire without compromising the subtlety of the humor....The series is meant to be read aloud." (AudioFile)
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By Oz Pom on 02-02-11

Pratchett at his best.

In pursuit of a criminal, Commander Samuel Vimes is thrown back in time to become John Keel, the mentor to his younger self. The twists, turns and political intrigue are inter-mingled with the usual blend of Pratchett humour and wit. This is Pratchett at his very best and, through the excellent story-telling and vocal characterisations of Stephen Briggs, is a pleasure to listen to or to revisit for anyone who has already read the novel. Five star rating!

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By Zuhal on 03-17-12

One of the best Pratchett stories

What did you like about this audiobook?

I would definitely recommend

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

For the first time in a long while, I was surprised by a Discworld tale. When you are a fan of a long-term, 40-odd book series, that is a very good thing.

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

Mr Briggs is simply Discworld characters alive. No disrespect to the talents of Mr. Nigel Planer and Mr. Tony Robinson, but there is a feeling of rightness when it is Stephen Briggs who narrates the Discworld stories.

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By IPW133 on 11-16-11

Night Watch

Absolutely brilliant. Love the narrator and the story is great - Vimes at his best. Well worth buying.

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By Will on 11-15-11

Serious fun.

I don't remember being blown away by this book when I first read it, but that was close to a decade ago and I wasn't really old enough to appreciate this story, which is deep and complex even by Pratchett's standards. Listening to it now I'm very glad I chose it. Pratchett's understanding of human nature and capability for more serious storytelling shines through here. Both the hero (Vimes) and the main villain (Carcer) make great character studies and are treated like real people influencing events rather than plot-driving juggernauts. The time travel element is handled sensitively and believably and gives an insight into old Ankh-Morpork which fits in perfectly with the previously sketchy details of how bad things were in the old days. This book is perhaps less funny than some other Discworld novels (though still amusing), but it more than makes up for it in the depth of the setting and the quality of the storytelling. Highly recommended.

Stephen Briggs's reading is as always excellent, though here more than ever his habit of giving everyone different accents is a bit jarring. Still, the narration is good and the voices and characterisation is engaging.

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By Gretta on 11-28-14

My favourite City Watch book

This is by far my favourite City Watch Discworld book. The time travel is intriguing. I do prefer Steven Brigg's voice for Vimes and Vetinarie (sp?) but Nigel Planar's voice is better for Carrott. Both narrators bring life to the characters and I highly recommend them both.

I have been reading the discworld in order of story lines. It is like a little mini series. I would recommend starting the City Watch series from the beginning. I have become very attached to the characters and am not looking forward to them ending in two books time.

Definitely worth the listen.

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By Eliane on 12-20-17

One of Terry Pratchett’s finest

Night Watch is a superb example of Terry Pratchett’s story telling genius. Sam Vimes and the killer he is chasing are flung into the past, into the middle of a revolutionary scenario. Can Vimes recreate the past, teach his younger self to be a good copper, save Ankh-Morpork and the souls of some good men, nab the killer and get back in time for the birth of his child? Moving, funny, wise, clever and full of brilliant characterisation, brought to life perfectly by Stephen Briggs.

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