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  • Discworld, Book 29
  • Written by: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (145 ratings)

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Night Watch

Written by: Terry Pratchett
Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
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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.

Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards.

©1992 Terry Pratchett and Lynn Pratchett (P)1997 ISIS Publishing Ltd.

What the critics say

"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)

"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)

"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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great book. terrible service from audible.

loved the book. have read this many times and listened a few times. but for some reason it will no longer play. its the only drawback to Audible books ive purchased disappear or just stop working. looks like I'm going to have to find another provider tired of being ripped off buy these guys

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  • EK
  • 2022-04-14

The Best of the Series

As much as I like Pratchett, his weakness has often been the story, and endings in particular. The characters and the world would be beautifully developed, but the actual story would often..happen.

Not so here: this story feels like there are real things at stake, things that matter to the reader/listener, and there is real tension developed.

Being familiar with other Discworld stories definitely improves the experience.

As always, Briggs is excellent.

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Loved it!

Another classic. No need to have read any other disk world book to love this one. Happy listening

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One of the Best

Really enjoyed the story of this one and I was right in thinking I'd get used yo Stephen Briggs.

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Well narrated. A good story

Kept me engaged in an imaginative story from the point of view of a man committed to his work but also fantasy thrown into the world

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The best of a great series

I've always loved this book, and this audiobook is no different. The reading is great. very immersive.

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  • Oz Pom
  • 2011-02-02

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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  • Marta B
  • 2020-08-29

Another sleepless night!

Well, I've read the book many times, but this was the first time I listened to it and as the headline shows, I enjoyed it very much. Maybe too much. Luckily it is not a work day today! :)) Stephen Briggs' rendition of the characters was fabulous.

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  • Zuhal
  • 2012-03-17

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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  • Stef
  • 2021-11-27

time to hear an old story anew

Stephen Briggs brings the characters alive. they are all brilliantly voiced and easy to tell apart.
Pratchett create another magical story, interweaving characters and story archs like a tapestry. fantastic

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  • Mike
  • 2021-11-07

The night watch saga paying off

Sam Vimes at his best and most competent. Paying off the history, characters and character development of discworld. Just good stuff, my favorite of the night watch saga so far.
(The audio was good but the character's emotions didn't match the stated mood a bunch of times, so like 9/10 there. Still very enjoyable.)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-06-07

All time favorite

I love this book and keep coming back to it, year after year, when lilac blooms. Terry Pratchett at his best - funny, yet meaningful and captivating.

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  • Marcel (MadJo)
  • 2021-05-31

One of the best discworld novels

One of the best discworld novels and Stephen Briggs' narration brings it to life for me.

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  • Ian
  • 2019-08-16

For young and old

Terry Pratchett has got to be one of the best story tellers of our time. For young and old alike, his stories remain entertaining and insightful. I look forward to having children that I may share this wonderful gift with them, in the hopes they’ll find as much love for them as I have.

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  • Naist
  • 2018-10-31

Simply the best

What more is there to say. In the watch series this is my favorite. Maybe read or listen to the previous books before before this one, just to make it that much better.
Do not listen to anyone suggesting Tony Robinson, not because his narration is directly poor, but because he narrates an abridged edition. That is something you never want to do to a Pratchett book, and really shouldn't listen to.

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  • Akela
  • 2020-07-10

Great book like everything done by Sir Terry

The book itself is lovely and the narrator is good. I do wish though they would drop the horrible noisy and irritating musical "theme" at the beginning. My ears kept ringing for several minutes after.