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I mistakingly got this version of the book that was not narrated by Stephen Briggs. While the story is still wonderful, the narration by Tony Robinson is both hard to sit through and lacks any of the 'Vimes-ness' that other narrations of the book have.
It is Pratchett writing about the City Watch, read by Tony Robinson. It can do no wrong except...
I downloaded my previous Pratchett City Watch Novel - in fact, got into the whole audiobook thing - because I wanted to know how a song sung by the characters went. Here I was curious how they'd read 'Where's My Cow?', and not just in that first scene. I wanted to know how they'd read 'Where's My Daddy?' and I wanted to know how Detritus would do the hippo, and Cheery and all the others would do the other animals. To my horror, it was All Cut Out. So while it was still immensely enjoyable, and an absolute laugh, I would suggest that prospective buyers consider the unabridged version, even though it is impossible that it might be in any way superior to this one as it is not read by Baldrick.
I do like a bit of Mr Pratchett especially when Mr Robinson gives voice. However before death takes me, it would be magic if Mr R. would narrate the unabridged version. The sound of the disc world is. Mr Robinson.
I've been listening to Tony Robinson narrating Terry Pratchett's books for well over a decade. To me, his voices are the voice of Death, of Lord Vetinari, of Sam Vimes, Captain Carrot and so on. My only complaint is that for some recurring characters (e.g. Cheery Littlebottom) he changes their voice between books, sometimes recycling their previous voice for a new character whole changing theirs.
I like the abridging as it makes the books very digestible, each one isn't a multi-day/week commitment, while maintaining the humour and pace of the original.
That said, I would be the first in line to buy any Tony Robinson unabridged versions!