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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (22,347 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 around the small, insufferably arrogant, strictly fundamentalist duchy of Borogravia, which has long prided itself on its ability to beat up on its neighbors. 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. 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.

Polly is afraid that someone will see through her disguise; a fear that proves groundless when the legendary Sergeant Jackrum accepts her without question. Or perhaps the sergeant is too desperate 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. Soon, Polly 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.

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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
  • Audio Publisher’s Association “Audie” Award

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 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 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 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 by Dean Kauffman | 2/2/2014

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

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