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The town of Ankh-Morpork is in big trouble and the City Watch is desperate for a few good men to protect it. But all they've got are the dwarves Corporal Carrot and Lance-constable Cuddy, the troll Lance-constable Detritus, Lance-constable Angua, who is believed to be a woman and, worst of all, Corporal Nobbs, who has been disqualified from the human race for shoving! 

These underdogs need all the help they can get, for they've been given only 24 hours to clean up the war-torn town.

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

(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1996; Copyright © Terry and Lyn Pratchett, 1993; Cover Illustration © Josh Kirby

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Men at Arms

There's nothing I dislike about this story. It has Gaspode, The City Watch, Vetinari, Ridcully & The Librarian
As ever a brilliant interpretation by Nigel Planer
Needless to say, another favourite

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Well read

Nigel Planer gives a great reading of this classic tale. I’ve always loved Pratchett and was nervous about getting my first one as an audiobook. I shouldn’t have been worried.

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Yet another winner

Nigel Planer could read the shopping list and I’d listen with rapped attention! He brings all the characters to life, such a joy to listen to another amazing Terry Pratchett book

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Poor narration

I’ve heard Nigel read other books more successfully but this one was terrible. He gave Carrot and Angus almost the same voice, and seemed to constantly confuse other characters, almost changing accents mid-sentence. The fact that it’s such a good story only just made up for this.

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the voices for Vimes and Angua are insufferable

Great story obviously, but the narrator puts on awful voices. Vimes has an eternal cold, and Angua has brain damage.

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Great book

Nigel Planer is excellent for the Disc World series. His use of accents adds depth to the characters.

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amazing!

intertwining storylines to keep you on your toes. try to discover who has the gon before captain vimes! read absolutely beautifully in the voice of all the young ones.

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Difficult.

The story line is complex and the character a little unrealistic. Not really my cup of tea at all.
For Pratchett's fans it is a must and still good value.

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Hilarious

So funny and entertaining and such a good sorry.
Well read with the characters and voices
Beautiful story with twists and turns and unexpected but clever plot devices.
Well worth reading but be sure to read Guards! Guards! First.

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great

loved it, listened to it at the gym, might have looked a bit insane laughing while I lifted weight.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-12-2012

Great Story - Terrible Production!

For the Pratchett fan - especially the City Watch books - this is another great story. It's the second Nigel Planer narration I've heard and I'm just not a huge fan. He's fine, but he's not Stephen Briggs and he has a tendency to voice many of his characters in a way that makes them sound a bit slow and dim witted.

I must endorse the comments of a previous reviewer that the production quality is truly awful - terrible sound quality and frequent jump cuts / continuity errors. It's bad enough I think Audible should clean it up or put it on permanent deep discount.

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  • Asmus Neergaard
  • 12-12-2013

Fantastic story and audio problems

If you could sum up Men at Arms in three words, what would they be?

Fun Intelligent Hilarious

Who was your favorite character and why?

Cmd. Vimes

What didn’t you like about Nigel Planer’s performance?

While Nigel Planer's normal narrator voice is quite alright, I honestly don't like the voices he gives the different characters. They more or less sound nasal and slightly stupid all of them, save for a few ones.
However, his narration pales in comparison to the audio editing, which is plagued by hissing background noise and sudden variations in sound levels.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, without a doubt. But only because it's a Terry Pratchett story.

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  • Naist
  • 19-10-2018

One word - "fantastic".

Fantastic Start with "Guards, guards" and continue enjoying this and the other watch series books. A warning though - if there are two audiobooks with the same name, check the duration. There are abominations out there a.k.a. abridged recordings. Don't walk away from them, run. Always go for the. unabridged.

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  • Siri
  • 29-10-2013

This is one of my favourite books

The book is lovely, Sam is a big man in my life after hearing about him. The watch is a place I would love to work if I had bin on Discworld.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-03-2020

Good

My boy Nigel Planer almost killed himself doing the Gargoyle voice and has forever earned my love and adoration

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  • Grimelda
  • 02-01-2020

One of the best from Terry Pratchett

The Night Watch books are among my favourites and Nigel Planer is a fantastic narrator. The production itself is not great but it's still wonderful.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-12-2019

Bad editing, sentences clipped

Treated myself to this as a diehard fan of Pratchett but missing words, clipped sentences, editing is bad around 30 mins in, audible owes me, it's extremely disconcerting to miss the first two seconds of every paragraph OK, I'm updating my post to say there's nothing wrong with the book, it was the app that kept clipping when played through my Bluetooth aperatus. All is forgiven

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  • Tobias
  • 11-07-2019

A Great Night Watch Story.

This is one of the better books about the Watch. Terry Pratchett at his best. The slightly darker humor of the Night Watch stories works very well when delivered by Nigel Planer who is, in my opinion, the best of the various readers of Pratchett's books. There is significant developments for several of the characters and many interesting additions to the "fine body of .. ehr... men" that is the Night Watch. The most interesting new "watchmen" are Detritus, Angua and Cuddy who are the first new recruits. The only thing I could wish for in this book would be more of Cpl Knobby and Sgt Colon.

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  • Ingibjörg Kolbeins
  • 10-09-2018

the audio is just fine.

terry pratcett at his best. i was a bit worried because of earlier reviews re the audio quality. the audio is just fine. enjoy 😂

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  • Kim Fenwick
  • 31-08-2018

wonderful tale where we get to exp the variety

This book 9oo delves into the variety of Akhn Morpork with absolute delight. A delicate touch into every area of the city and its politics. One of the more intriguing Guards novels as well.

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  • jomatoe
  • 11-12-2018

Terrible voices

Carrot, Angua, Gaspode (among others) sound like characters in a poor TV show for young children. All the other characters are also overacted and tend to sound either thick or very nasal and annoying. Vetinari comes out... pompous ! I mean.... Vetinari ! It spoiled the experience for me and I loved (all) the book(s).

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  • Elizabeth
  • 02-06-2009

An excellent reading of a very good book

Listening to this rekindled all my love for the early days of the Watch and the guards. Although he's my favourite character, I rather like the fact that Vimes is off-stage for much of the time during this story, because it gives the rest of Pratchett's wonderful characters a chance to shine: Carrot and Angua, of course, but also Gaspode, Detritus, Cuddy, Nobby, Vetinari and even Colon.

Nigel Planer's reading is evocative and at times hilarious - he knows when to let the jokes speak for themselves and when to step up with a different voice.

I've read all the Discworld books, but this was the first one I'd listened to as an audiobook. I wasn't convinced I would enjoy the experience, but I'm now a complete convert.

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  • Daniel
  • 11-05-2012

Great story, shame about the audio quality

The story is a classic Pratchett discworld story. It's the second in the guards series and very enjoyable.

Unfortunately the audio quality of this recording is fairly low quality. It sounds as though someone put a heavily used tape recording in to a tape player then connected that to a computer with a poor quality cable and hit play and record at the same time.

Some sections are better than others, on occasion the Nigel Planer's voice drops almost to a background level, other times it's still there at the forefront but there's still background static.

Nigel Planer does a good job with the work, however I'm not convinced about some of the voices he's come up with and one or two of the more intelligent characters come off sounding as thick as two short planks.

If you're an audiophile then this probably isn't for you, if you're sat in a loud car on your commute to work then just crank the volume up a bit.

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  • Just sam
  • 19-08-2013

Disgraceful quality

I love this book and am a huge fan of "The Watch" branch of Pratchett. The story is great but the audio quality is horrendous, i am willing to put up with the odd foible in a 10 hour audiobook but this was ridiculous. There is a constant hiss, and whole sections of the book sound as if they are being read underwater.

I spoke to audible about it and they asked for specific time codes of when it happens. I provided some of these but pointed out that anyone listening to it for five minutes would know it is poor quality. They have yet to give a formal response other than it could take some time. Very disappointing as this is one of my favorite Vimes books.

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  • Tron
  • 24-04-2012

Get a casette instead

Don't get this, it sounds so bad; unless you like continual hiss of course. Exelent novel but this audible transfer is unbelivably bad and sounds like a casette you'd pay £1 for at a jumble sale and still feel hard done by. I can't believe audible feel this product is on a par with their other products.

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  • mr
  • 06-08-2016

Excellent story

Very enjoyable!
I don't know what all the dripping is all about on previous reviews. Nigel was a brilliant narrator and captures the characters perfectly.
The quality is absolutely fine.
Terry, what a guy! RIP. (I wonder how that conversation with death went)

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  • Matthew
  • 08-09-2012

Good book, same about the quality

Considering just how popular these books are, and how any new one in the series is instantly on best seller chart of this website its a shame that the early books havent had a touch up to be honest.

The quality here is poor, the book is great, but overall you cant say that this is a well constucted book.

Planer does an ok job (however some of his accents are way off, Colon been the best example) and if like me you downloaded one of the later books first you will instantly compare him to Briggs and rerally there is not much to say about that other than Briggs wins hands down

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  • none
  • 13-11-2017

wonderful discworld

as a long time can of pratchett I'm always going to enjoy his books. the narrator was ok but some of the accents, namely Angua were not quite right. Angus is a powerful female but is made to sound slow witted and doughy . however it was a fantastic listen. I would listen to other things he has narrated.

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  • JDEVLIN
  • 15-09-2016

Excellent Disc world story

Yet another brilliant Terry Pratchett outing in Ankmorpork. Good quality & narrated well.

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  • mentally unbalanced
  • 17-08-2016

The Story of Sam Vimes and the watch continues!

The sequel to Guards! Guards! is a great book and in some ways surpasses the original. The original cast of misfits returns plus some new faces. Well worth a listen.

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