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4.00004037191094 out of 54.00004037191094 out of 54.00004037191094 out of 54.00004037191094 out of 54.00004037191094 out of 5 4.00 (24,522 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: September 2005 ISBN: 9780060888541
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Commander Sam Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch will be damned if he lets anyone disturb his city's always tentative peace -- and that includes a rabble-rousing dwarf from the sticks who's been stirring up trouble on the eve of the anniversary of one of Discworld's most infamous historical events.

Centuries earlier, in a hellhole called Koom Valley, trolls met dwarfs in bloody combat. Though nobody's quite sure why they fought or who actually won, each species still bears the cultural scars and views the other with simmering animosity. Lately, an influential dwarf, Grag Hamcrusher, has been fomenting unrest among Ankh-Morpork's more diminutive citizens. And it doesn't help matters when the pint-size provocateur is discovered beaten to death ... with a troll club lying nearby.

Vimes knows the well-being of his city depends on his ability to solve the Hamcrusher homicide. But there's more than one corpse waiting for him in the vast mine network the dwarfs have been excavating beneath Ankh-Morpork's streets. A deadly puzzle is pulling Sam Vimes deep into the muck and mire of superstition, hatred, and fear -- and perhaps all the way to Koom Valley itself.

Performed by Stephen Briggs

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ingenious, brilliant, and hilarious.”

    Washington Post

  • “Pratchett’s fantastic imagination and satirical wit are on full display.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Outlandishly witty and as irreverent as it is insightful, Pratchett’s Thud! is a knockout.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “As always, Pratchett’s latest Discworld yarn is funny, fast-paced, the kind of satire that explores serious issues while making readers love it.”

    Booklist

  • “More amiable mockery from one of our leading lights…Pratchett takes on a target in every novel, something in the modern world that really seems to get his goat. This time it’s a few things: ethnic clannishness and strife, religious fundamentalism, The Da Vinci Code and cell phones (presented here as a small, obnoxious imp in a handheld box called a Gooseberry™)…Bitingly relevant and laugh-out-loud funny.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A 2006 Locus Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 9/21/2016

    " Funny, as always Terry Pratchett does an amazing job of subtle irony. Great character development and totally out there. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jean | 2/19/2014

    " one of the best City Watch novels. Best if read after the earlier novels, though, so that you get the full sense of Vimes' development. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penny | 2/19/2014

    " Murder mystery meets the Discworld. Trails off in bits though "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie | 2/12/2014

    " This is in my top 3 favorite Discworld books, which is my favorite series. This makes this book one of my very favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim Erlin | 2/6/2014

    " A racism parable with dwarfs, trolls, vampires and more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andre | 2/2/2014

    " Another Pratchett pleasure. A watch/Vimes novel. As the series progresses, the humour fades and the strenght of the story shines. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aimee | 1/23/2014

    " This was only my 2nd discworld book ever, but I really enjoyed reading about the city watch, so I'll plan to read more in that vein. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 12/24/2013

    " From the mysterious killing of a dwarf leading to tensions on the dwarf and troll communities, to Sam Vimes needing to meticulously having to read "Where's My Cow?" to his infant son every evening at precisely 6 o' clock. ...Oh and Corporal Nobby Nobbs is still trying to learn the ways of romance with the opposite sex. All in all another great Watch story, I thoroughly enjoyed it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle | 12/21/2013

    " This is my favorite of the Watch books. I recommend reading the other Watch books first, although you could probably follow the story in any case. I think being familiar with the characters adds something. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pedro Timoteo | 12/9/2013

    " Really brilliant, at turns funny, scary and inspiring, and also very touching, especially near the end. Without doubt one of Pratchett's best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 12/6/2013

    " First DiscWorld novel I've read in a while and it was very good. Terry Pratchett found some of the magic that I enjoyed with the first few books of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lingesvaran | 8/18/2013

    " sir samuel vimes has evolved into a very mature character in this one. and it's wonderful to see how much imagination Terry has put into Thud! and how relevant it is to us "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Simon Chorchill | 11/7/2012

    " Gut, gegen Ende geht alles sehr schnell...oder hab ich zu schnell gelesen? Nicht der beste Wachen Roman, aber auch um Gottes Willen nicht der schlechteste. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Martin Kee | 6/16/2012

    " Listened to this on audiobook and it was one of the most enjoyable experiences ever. Stephen Briggs makes it feel like a Monty Python radio play. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany Klier | 5/31/2012

    " Wonderfully written. Looked at the relationship between Dwarves and Orcs in Ankh Morpork; and how the police force handles an impending bloody feud. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monica Wagner | 10/21/2010

    " Vimes' best book, and with Vimes, that is saying something. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nadja | 3/11/2009

    " loved! it's been a while since I read Pratchett and this was a great re-intro. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jayne | 8/7/2007

    " This is the second time I have read it and I didn't think that some of the Vimes thoughts were in character. Mind you the first time I read it, i never thought anything like that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 5/16/2006

    " I love all the guards books -- Feet of Clay and Night Watch are probably my favorite, but this one was up there, too. "

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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.