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By all rights, Moist should have met his maker. Instead, it's Lord Vetinari, supreme ruler of Ankh-Morpork, who promptly offers him a job as Postmaster. Since his only other option is a nonliving one, Moist accepts the position -- and the hulking golem watchdog who comes along with it, just in case Moist was considering abandoning his responsibilities prematurely.
Getting the moribund Postal Service up and running again, however, may be a near-impossible task, what with literally mountains of decades-old undelivered mail clogging every nook and cranny of the broken-down post office building; and with only a few creaky old postmen and one rather unstable, pin-obsessed youth available to deliver it. Worse still, Moist could swear the mail is talking to him.
Worst of all, it means taking on the gargantuan, money-hungry Grand Trunk clacks communication monopoly and its bloodthirsty piratical head, Mr. Reacher Gilt. Getting the moribund Postal Service up and running again, however, may prove an impossible task, what with literally mountains of decades-old undelivered mail clogging every nook and cranny of the broken-down post office.
Worse still, Moist could swear the mail is talking to him. Worst of all, it means taking on the gargantuan, greedy Grand Trunk clacks communication monopoly and its bloodthirsty, piratical headman. But if the bold and undoable are what's called for, Moist's the man for the job, to move the mail, continue breathing, get the girl, and specially deliver that invaluable commodity that every being, human or otherwise, requires: hope.
Book was wonderful, narrator Stephen Briggs was amazing. Pratchett has a brilliant imagination and wonderfully fun way of telling a story.
His style reminds me often of the comedy of the Monty Python team. Very witty indeed. A real favourite, that I can see myself reading again and again. Terry Pratchett was a true writter.
Going postal is a must read and one of the best works I've read and love lustening to this again. Sir Terry had really hit his straps when he wrote this Discworld srory. The characters have deprh, the plot has twists and the phrases and sentences have those little Pratchett twists that evoke his trademark humour. Coupled with the masterful Stephen Briggs' storytelling I found the whole production spellbinding. Stephen Briggs is by far the best narrator of Discworld audio books. Stephen has a detailed understanding of the characters that inhabit the Discworld universe as he collaborated on several companion books with Terry Pratchett, and this understanding of the complex world of the Disc brings all of Terry's vibrant characters and their stories to life.
Stephen also has a wonderfully flexible voice and utilises a great range of accents to provide the characters with unique personalities. Been meaning to get into fantasy and I think this is a great book to read as an intro to the genre. My first book from Patchett and I love it!!! The author was just phenomenal in creating the world. This is one of my favourite ones by Terry.
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This story is followed by Making Money. Loved it! A great introduction to Terry Pratchett..
Warning - don't listen to this book whilst driving in peak hour traffic, it's so funny you can't concentrate on the driving! The combination of Terry Prachett as author and Stephen Briggs as narrator is the best. Highly recommended. I thoroughly enjoyed Going Postal. He must resurrect the white elephant from the ashes. What follows is typical Terry-Pratchett-wiz z ardry. I also enjoyed Stephen Briggs' performance. He made the characters come live and made you wish you were there! Highly recommended!!! Let Stephen Briggs' voice waft you away to Ankh Morpork, the city that knows how to put on a good show.
Stephen Briggs' long working relationship with Terry Pratchett, gives him an intimate knowledge of the characters, their nuances, and their foibles, and his voicing of each as a recognizable entity seems effortless. Alongside the familiar Patrician, Lord Vetinari - politest tyrant alive, and cameo appearances from The Watch, we meet a handful of new characters. Moist Von Lipwig - with his daredevil tongue, and criminal mind, Adorabelle Dearheart - the Disc's most violent smoker, Stanley - it's most passionate pinhead, and Mr Groat, possibly the oldest working postman in the city.
Together they attempt to bring back the postal service, up against the competition of the more modern Clacks Towers. With the Clacks now run by a consortium, with profit the only aim, we encounter corporate espionage, de-facto currency, possible murders, and the mysterious group called 'The Smoking GNU'. The tale gallops along in Terry Pratchett's usual way, with chases, escapes, swindles, pigeons, golems, Gods, miracles, and even an angel.1000yrs.net/includes/lumpkin/free-gay-dating-manchester.php
Laughing out loud, wearing headphones, sitting on a bus - is something I'm getting used to. The funny looks that go along with it - are a matter of personal style ;. Pratchett has a gift for deconstructing and writing from wildly different perspectives and this book is no different.
Well read by Briggs too, with just the right amount of acting without turning into a radio play. Any additional comments? Possibly my favourite DIscworld novel so far. I highly recommend it, particularly if you like the stories surrounding the City Watch, which I think are similar in style to this one. As always, Stephen Briggs does a great job of reading - he is particularly good at rendering all the footnotes, asides and internal monologues clearly without confusing the narrative.
Would you listen to Going Postal again? I have, and will, 're-read' Going Postal. The story flows very well and has the ability to both draw you into the story over an evening or else drip feed the story one chapter at a time. What other book might you compare Going Postal to and why?
Going Postal by Terry Pratchett
As with almost all of the Pratchett works, the more you listen to or read , the more absorbed you become in Disc World. There are a number of story-lines available in the Disc World series - so pick the line that you wish to follow and go from there. Which character — as performed by Stephen Briggs — was your favorite? Defiantly Von Moist!! A very good book. Pratchetts discworld is going into the industrial revolution and I really like this one. This is a pretty good book and I like his style.
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This is a very funny book, Terry Pratchett has a strange mind, but you cannot stop reading, the mind pictures are amazing. So all in all a great book, a great read, and if you don't find yourself giggling quietly you will find your self laughing out loud. Pratchet is a really good writer, but this book is weak. It's not as witty as it thinks it is. The reader reminds me of Eric Idle, but not in a good way. I will probably not finish this title I will never tire of this story. Or most of the Discworld stories, to be honest.
His characters are spot on, and you can't help but smile about the typical human traits and faults that he incorporates in the different characters. Stephen Briggs fits perfectly as narrator. If you are new to the Discworld Universe, I highly recommend Googling the Discworld Reading Order map, otherwise you'll be completely lost. You could for example start with the Witches or the Watch books those are my other favourite story lines.
Satire Witty FeelGood Suspenseful tagsgiving sweepstakes. I wasn't going to review Terry Pratchett's Discworld books, simply because he is such a well known author that everyone already knows that this book, like all the Discworld books, will be funny, imaginative and have everything you want in it to keep you coming back and re-reading year after year.
Most Audible listeners also know that all the main narrators that read Pratchett's books Stephen Briggs, Nigel Planer and Tony Robinson are all amazing, bringing the book and it's characters to life in a way that earns their five star reviews.
If you are actually a new listener on the other-hand this might really help. Firstly despite the order they were written in my suggestion would be to start with the guards series. Pratchett has developed a complicated world with several in jokes and this is an easy way to enter it, as the books introduce the reader to the main city from which much of the action takes place. The guards series is arguably one of the most popular and after the first book has a strong cast of both male and female characters.
I should warn that some of the other series' books are set before the events in the Watch novels but I still found this the most accessible way, into this vast fictional world. Guides to reading order can easily be found on the net if you don't want to go by publication date.
I would also think twice before buying the abridged versions. Tony Robinson as a narrator is brilliant but so are the other narrators and a lot of the plot and humor is cut to fit so much into such a short time. I've listened to most of them and I'd personally go with unabridged every time. I've been reading Pratchett for over 20 years now I think, and I continue to buy them as soon as they come out in paperback.
A Pratchett novel is always guaranteed to be reasonable entertainment, and every now and then there's a gem of a novel. This is a complete gem. Moist von Lipwig is an immensely likeable character and his battle to reopen the post office is enthralling. There are some lovely cameos by the Patrician and members of the Watch too. I'd already read it a couple of times in print before buying the audiobook, and I think I'm now on my third listen of the audiobook.
Stephen Briggs reads beautifully. And, being Pratchett, even on my fourth go through there are still little comic touches that I didn't pick up before. I've no idea how this novel would read if you're not familiar with Pratchett's universe, but if I were recommending a Pratchett to someone who'd never read one before I might be tempted to start with this. Just seems a bit strange to miss them out.
Otherwise it's marvellous! This is my favourite Pratchett book and, having read it a kazillion times, I had a very definite idea of how the characters sounded. I think Stephen Briggs did an outstanding job of realising those characters, especially Miss Dearheart and Miss Macalariat. The plot is engrossing and, as always, the clever little details keep you on your toes. I would recommend this to someone who is new to Discworld as you really get a flavour of life in Ankhmorpork, and it's a good introduction to Lord Vetinari.
If you are an avid Pratchett fan, you will not be disappointed by this rendering. This is a great book and a great audiobook. One of Pratchett's best, with one of the most interesting characters in the form of Moist Von Lipwig. This is the start of Moist's journey the later books - Making Money and Raising Steam develop the character and allows Pratchett to explore Ankh Morpork society from a different angle to many of the previous books and moves away a bit from the focus in the recent books on Sam Vimes.
It's also one of the funnier books of recent times with plenty of opportunities to explore the Patrician's character in more detail and his unique views on governing and governance Stephen Briggs has read all of the Pratchett books I've bought so far. He's perfect for the material, clear, interesting and a dry delivery which works with Pratchett's understated humour really well. Yes I would listen to this again. Alfred Spangler, a rogue who swindled people and banks alike is caught by the police and is awaiting the hangman's noose in the hope of a last minute reprieve, when none comes he is unfortunately hanged.
Elsewhere on the road to Ankh-Morpork, atop a really tall "Clacks" tower a man falls to his death followed a few seconds later by another man.