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Sam Vines is a man on the run. Yesterday, he was a duke, a chief of police, and ambassador to the mysterious, fat-rich country of Uberwald. Now he has nothing but his native wit and the gloomy trousers of Uncle Vanya. And if he can't make it through the forest to civilization, there's going to be a terrible war. But there are monsters on his trail. They're werewolves - and they're catching up. Sam Vimes is out of time and already out of breath....
©1999 Terry and Lyn Pratchett; (P)2000 Isis Publishing, Ltd.
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"Unadulterated fun. Pratchett parodies everything in sight." (San Francisco Chronicle)
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By Shaun McGregor on 04-17-14

Hard not to love Commander Vimes

The Vimes story lines are always Prachett's best work. This is funny, clever and exciting. This was the first time I had heard Stephen Briggs reading and it was a bit off putting for me but he performed magnificently. Plus dwarves, and vampires *and* werewolves, how can you not love these books?

I would not recommend reading this without first reading the other city watch books. You'll miss out on all those little "inside jokes" peppered throughout. No one likes missing out on inside jokes.

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By Josie on 12-03-11

Vintage Pratchett

What did you love best about The Fifth Elephant?

The story was great, and as usual Stephen Briggs did his exemplar best. Terry Pratchett at his best. I have read and reread this story so many times, but I find there is always something new I have missed in past readings.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fifth Elephant?

The chase of the Werewolves, you know Vimes is going to get out of it, but you never quite know how, until he does.

Which character – as performed by Stephen Briggs – was your favorite?

Being Welsh myself, I love Stephen Briggs's Dwarf's, he is so good with the accent, I could almost believe he was born next door to me.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I always try to make Terry Pratchett's books last as long as I can, so I limit myself(if I can) to three hours a day, mostly though I just keep on listening spellbound.

Any additional comments?

One of his best.

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By Karen Williams on 09-22-15

A review about narrators, Planer versus Briggs

Any additional comments?

I am a confirmed Night Watch fan so I am not going to talk about the story. When I bought this download, I really wanted a review about the difference in narrators, which I couldn't find, so perhaps this will be of interest. My advice is: Stick with it, even if you have to grit your teeth for the whole of Part 1 because everyone sounds different. I very, very nearly gave up on Stephen Briggs and contemplated asking Audible if I could return the audiobook, but because I couldn't bear not to hear the story, I persevered - and as so often the case, I'm very glad I did. Of course Briggs sounds very different, and I still don't understand why ALL the accents had to change (surely he could have picked up some of the characters in the voices established by Planer?), but I can honestly say that I now consider him a far better reader in all respects. Just to warn you: two major stumbling blocks for me were (and to a degree remain) Carrot - now a rather whiny Welshman whose voice, to me at least, doesn't match up to his physical description - and Colon, who has stopped being a likable Irishman and become a pompous and (partly due to the story) thoroughly obnoxious, verging on Fascist Dad's Army-type idiot. Also, Briggs starts this story at a worryingly slow pace. Fortunately he then picks up the reading speed (presumably as he gets into his own Pratchett stride) without actually gabbling as Planer can occasionally do. On the plus side, Briggs is much more consistent than Planer, who (as we all know) tends to get his character voices muddled (very unprofessional).Most importantly in my view, Vimes is absolutely spot-on. Sibyl too comes into her own in this story. Briggs does absolute justice to all the humour in the story and his Inigo made me laugh out loud. <br/>In conclusion, don't hesitate to buy this story despite the change in narrator and give Briggs the benefit of the doubt for the first few hours. By the end you will be a convert.

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By Katherine on 07-19-10

Wonderful Book

I really enjoyed this Pratchett- previously I have only ever listened to the abridged books (having read them all!) and was not sure how I would like the full book being read by a different voice.
But Stephen Briggs has an superb voice, and this really brought the characters to life. I had a few odd looks from fellow drivers as I was sat in a traffic jam laughing like a fool!

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By Aaron on 05-18-15

Pure Literary Brilliance

Terry Pratcket is a creative genius. I am always drawn into the world of Disc and truely enjoy wondering through the imagination of this man. Terry really manages to get me involved in the lives of the inhabitants of this wonderful world.

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By Stephen on 05-16-16

Another great story

Another great story that jobs so many if the various good parts of the universe.
Well voiced, while I did miss Neil's voice (this is the first time I have heard Stephen read thus universe), Briggs Igor had me in stiches and wanting more.
Great book.

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