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Publisher's Summary

Sam Vines is a man on the run. Yesterday he was a duke, a chief of police, and the ambassador to the mysterious, fat-rich country of Uberwald. Now he has nothing but his native wit and the gloomy trousers of Uncle Vanya (don't ask). It's snowing. It's freezing. And if he can't make it through the forest to civilization, there's going to be a terrible war. But there are monsters on his trail. They're bright. They're fast. They're werewolves. And they're catching up. Sam Vines is out of time, out of luck, and already out of breath.

The Fifth Elephant is one more installment of Terry Pratchett's Discworld cycle, this time starring dwarfs, diplomacy, intrigue - and big lumps of fat.

©Terry and Lyn Pratchett; (P)Corgi Audio

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"[Terry Pratchett]'s genius is for pushing logic to such limits that it reels with the shock." ( Daily Telegraph)

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The narrator lapses in to whispers about half the time that are impossible to hear without changing the volume then immediately changing it back when he goes back to speaking normally. Really terrible recording.

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Adventures In Uberwald!

Terry Pratchett continues the exploits of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch with another instalment of Sam Vimes' adventures. This time there is trouble in Uberwald and the City Watch is drawn into a succession plot to determine the leader of the Low King of the Dwarves. Vampires, Warewolves and Igors, oh my!
Wonderfully narrated this audiobook has a great sense of irony throughout and is interesting from start to finish, another Discworld must read.

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The book itself is great, the narrator himself is good but the combination doesn't work

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  • 01-03-2016

love it

i usually use these books to fall asleep to as i find tonys voice very relaxing but i had to make sure i listened to this before bed time. enjoyed it very much :)

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  • Chris
  • 23-03-2017

Pratchett

Pratchett at his best as always, & sets the scene for the future enjoyment of Discworld

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  • Rachael Hills
  • 18-01-2019

Not Stephen Briggs

Despite what the title picture says, it is read by Tony Robinson which is disappointing. Pratchett's story is as amazing as ever, but let down by Robinson's performance.

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  • KyleandBecky
  • 13-04-2021

Great story and narration, poor audio quality

Audio was very hissy and quiet but improved slightly half way through. Still and enjoyable story and great narration by Tony Robinson.

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  • nick kaulbach
  • 02-02-2021

Let down by inconsistent narration and duration

Narrative volume changes. Lack of urgency in certain scenes. Audio is poorly cut and edited.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-12-2020

narrator terrible ruins it no chemistry with mai

terrible narrator ruined the book I deleted book 2 chain and got the one with Stephen Briggs deleted

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  • Robin Stevens
  • 30-04-2020

Great story, shame about the reader.

I have really enjoyed the guards series read by Nigel Planer up until this book, however this one unfortunately was spoiled by the mumbling of Tony Robinson. I find it almost impossible to distinguish the voices of each character and the volume and clarity of Tony Robinson's speach made me have to go back and repeat some sections to pick out what was being said.

I see that the previous books are now only available narrated by Tony Robinson. Avoid, find the Nigel Planer version even if it means going outside the audible app.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-02-2020

Poor sound quality

It's a good Discworld story, and the narration is fine, but the audio quality is very poor and the volumes are inconsistent from chapter to chapter.

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  • Miss Sophie A Pollard
  • 26-01-2020

delightful

I love this version of Terry Prachetts the fifth elephant. It is my favourite book of the Ankh-Morpk series and Tony Tobinson as always lightens up the characters.

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