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Monstrous Regiment Audiobook

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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (22,346 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Terry Pratchett Narrator: Stephen Briggs Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Discworld Series Release Date:
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War has come to Discworld. Again. And, to no one’s great surprise, the conflict centers on the small, insufferably arrogant, strictly fundamentalist duchy of Borogravia, which has long prided itself on it’s ability to beat up on its neighbors for even the tiniest imagined slight. This time, however, it’s Borogravia that’s getting its long overdue comeuppance, which has left the country severely drained of young men.

Ever since her brother Paul marched off to battle a year ago, Polly Perks has been running The Duchess,her family’s inn, even though the revered national deity Nuggan has decreed that female ownership of a business is an Abomination (with, among others, oysters, rocks, and the color blue). To keep The Duchess in the family, Polly must find her missing sibling. So she cuts off her hair, dons masculine garb, and sets out to join him in this man’s army.

Despite her rapid mastery of belching, scratching, and other macho habits (and aided by a well-placed pair of socks), Polly is afraid that someone will immediately see through her disguise; a fear that proves groundless when the recruiting officer, the legendary and seemingly ageless Sergeant Jackrum, accepts her without question. Or perhaps the sergeant is simply too desperate for fresh cannon fodder to discriminate, which would explain why a vampire, a troll, a zombie, a religious fanatic, and two uncommonly close “friends” are also eagerly welcomed into the fighting fold. But marching off with little (read: no) training, Polly (now called “Oliver”) finds herself wondering about the myriad peculiarities of her new brothers-in-arms. It would appear that Polly “Ozzer” Perks is not the only grunt with a secret. There is no time to dwell on such matters, however. Duty calls. The battlefield beckons. There’s a tide to be turned.

And sometimes, in war as in everything else, the best man for the job is a woman.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Like Jonathan Swift, Practhett uses his other world to hold up a distorting mirror to our own, and like Swift he is a satirist of enormous talent…Incredibly funny…Compulsively readable.”

    Times (London)

  • “Very funny…Pratchett takes full and hilarious advantage of the opportunity to skewer everything from military courts-martial to male swagger.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Pratchett is difficult to review because you want to offer up your favorite scenes and allusions…Pratchett revels in pricking pomp and assurance…He can move from farce to sadness in seconds…Monstrous Regiment is most often spirited and shambolic, but it jas some serious heft.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Pratchett flexes his satirical muscles again…Thoroughly funny and surprisingly insightful.”


  • “Surprisingly meaningful, but never short of hilarious; a monstrous success for Pratchett.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “One wild war story…Clever, fast-paced, and funny.”

    St. Paul Pioneer Press

  • “An edgier, funnier version of J. R. R. Tolkein…Monstrous Regiment skewers the war hawk mentality.”

    Austin American-Statesman

  • “War is hell anywhere but in Pratchett’s latest hilarious fantasy…The touching portrait of Wazzer, an abused girl who becomes a religious fanatic/saint, as well as Pratchett’s perceptive handling of a timely topic—countries fighting over a quarrel that began a thousand years ago and quibbling over borders—may inspire some sighs as well as laughter. And the author’s take on what it takes for Polly to become a man—socks, strategically placed (‘Just one pair, mark you. Don’t get ambitious’)—is nothing short of brilliant.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Terry Pratchett’s hilarious prose is significantly enhanced by the narrative skills of Stephen Briggs. The story, another in the Discworld saga, highlights the recruiting efforts of a small country chronically at war with its neighbors. A rotund sergeant and weasely corporal sweep through a small town, and one of the misfits who volunteers to thwart them is Polly Perks, disguised as a teenaged boy barely of age. Briggs takes on the misfits and makes them shine. As the little group proceeds from one improbable adventure to the next, Briggs and Pratchett are magnificent.”


  • An Audie Award Finalist
  • A 2004 Locus Award Nominee

Listener Reviews

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Review by Jan Hendriks | 2/19/2014

    " This one was so crap that I basically stopped reading Pratchett. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Chris Maguire | 2/11/2014

    " I'm only about 20 pages in and I already love it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Daisyjess | 2/6/2014

    " One of my favourite Discworld novels! Has me laughing all the time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Dean Kauffman | 2/2/2014

    " Just great - and the characters are top notch and the story full of surprises "

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About the Author
Author Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett (1948–2015) was an English novelist known for his frequently comical work in the fantasy genre. He is best known for his popular and long-running Discworld series. His first novel, The Carpet People, was published in 1971, and after publishing his first Discworld novel, The Color of Magic, in 1983, he wrote two books a year on average. He was the United Kingdom’s bestselling author of the 1990s and has sold more than 55 million books worldwide. In 2001 he won the Carnegie Medal for his children’s novel The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents. Pratchett was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to literature in 1998 and was knighted in 2009.

About the Narrator

Stephen Briggs, who also works in film, has adapted and staged fifteen Discworld plays, collaborated with Terry Pratchett on a number of related works, and performed the audio recordings of Pratchett’s books. He lives in England.