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Publisher's Summary

William de Worde is the accidental editor of Discworld's first newspaper. Now he must cope with the traditional perils of a journalist's life - people who want him dead, a recovering vampire with a suicidal fascination for flash photography, some more people who want him dead in a different way and, worst of all, the man who keeps begging him to publish pictures of his humorously shaped potatoes.William just wants to get to the truth. Unfortunately, everyone else wants to get at William. And it's only the third edition....

This is the 25th volume in the Discworld series. 

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

©2000 Terry and Lyn Pratchett (P)2000 Isis Publishing Ltd.

Critic Reviews

"Pratchett's brand of humor has intelligence and satiric relevance...he has much to say about the world." (Publishers Weekly

"Unadulterated fun...Witty, frequently hilarious." (San Francisco Chronicle)

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You want the Truth? I will give you the Truth.

I liked this book in all it's glory. I had alot of fun listening to this, passing the time while travelling around the country for work. I found that I was well submersed in the story and saved me from falling asleep at the wheel.

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bring back Nigel Plainer

stephen briggs is no Nigel. im really not a fan of his style. struggled to finish his books please rerecord these!

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Very funny

Stephen Briggs is fine but Nigel Planner is way better at death. I snorted slot, Otto the vampire iconographer is brilliant.

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What has happened to the chapters?

While the book is fantastic the chapters have currently dissapeared. Without them you can never find your place again if you've fallen asleep listening it

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one of my favourite books

thoroughly enjoyed. will get more from this performer. I have enjoyed hearing a Terry Pratchett book.

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The BEST discworld book

My favourite of the 30+ I have read so far of the Discworld universe. About the industrial revolution in an alternate, funnier universe. They invent the Paper of News, get chased by rabid assassins, employ an abstinent vampire..and the language! Kept chuckling to myself.

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Great Book, great narration, terrible quality

It's Pratchett read by Stephen Briggs, uniformly excellent. Audio quality is terrible however. Sounds like all the bass has been ripped out and there's no warmth in his voice at all. Almost made me not bother with it.

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My favourite audiobook!

I just keep coming back to this one! Pratchett as always brings his superior command of characterisation and his sharp but warm observations about the world. Briggs really brings it to life. This book has the right word in the right place.

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Excellent story

Great idea about what is true in the newspapers. As always, Pratchett makes you think! Fantastic narrator too.

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  • Meg
  • 24-09-2016

The perfect rendition

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend this audiobook to a friend! Firstly, Terry Pratchett is amazing & I'd recommend any of his Discworld series to a friend as it was. This book in particular, though, covers themes we can all relate to - integrity in media & high society privilege gone wrong (a theme which I think must have been close to Pratchett's heart, since he covered it in a lot of other installments of his Discworld series - in particular, those featuring the Night Watch). Secondly, the characters are beautifully rendered, with Stephen Brigg's tone pairing beautifully with the tone of Pratchett's narration. Thirdly, it's just a wonderful ride of a novel - it hits all the right notes with the plot, with characteristic Pratchett humour & witticisms and a cast of characters to enchant, amuse & beguile you throughout the novel. I've listened to it at least 3 times through already.

What did you like best about this story?

This is Terry Pratchett at his best - the witticisms were right on point, the humour wonderfully paced, the tender moments were handled with care & a sense of captivating drama was woven so well throughout the performance that it was difficulty itself to turn it off. The renditions of Mr. Tulip, Mr. Pin, Otto & Death were perfect (endearingly so - these are some of my favourite characters in the whole canon & it was a joy to hear them voiced so well).

What about Stephen Briggs’s performance did you like?

He has a beautiful breadth of range, which both lends tenderness to poignant moments without dropping the listener & highlights the humour of Pratchett's work wonderfully, matching him phrase for phrase in tone. His renditions of the characters are brilliant & a joy to listen to. In short, he's just what a voice actor ought to be for an audiobook - he brings the book to life without the hindrance that can come from a more amateur performer's touch.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The truth shall make ye frep!

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  • M van Reekum
  • 19-05-2020

No chapters

I liked narrator Nigel Planet better and this book doesn’t have chapters which makes getting back to the part where I fell asleep very hard. The story is still great anyhow.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-09-2019

always great

Pratchett is always great and Stephen Briggs is an amazing narrator. loved every second of it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-08-2019

very fun

I loved it :) funny, interesting and sometimes moving. Terry Pratchett makes me happy and Stephen Briggs is great to listen to.

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  • Mr N A Cox
  • 20-07-2019

The reader really captured the Discworld atmospher

A classic Terry Pratchett, really well read. All the characters came across just the way I imagined them, even Gaspode the dog.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 28-08-2018

one of the better Ankh-Morepork based stories.

Great line up of old favourite characters. Fun storyline, some clever twists and, as always, an insightful take on a theme- in this case the portrayal of the truth

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  • Rob van Geloven
  • 04-01-2018

Good story, bad audio quality

Bad audio quality puts a bit of a damper on it all. Stephen Briggs is a good voice actor, but the low audio quality combined with varying levels of volume makes it hard to understand sometimes when driving

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  • Maritta Helten
  • 22-12-2018

Sprecher - not my cup of tea

ich liebe die Scheibenwelt aber den Sprecher kann ich nicht ertragen. Dazu Sprünge in der Aufnahme

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 26-08-2013

In the unlikely event you've never read Pratchett

I wasn't going to review Terry Pratchett's Discworld books, simply because he is such a well known author that everyone already knows that this book, like all the Discworld books, will be funny, imaginative and have everything you want in it to keep you coming back and re-reading year after year. Most Audible listeners also know that all the main narrators that read Pratchett's books (Stephen Briggs, Nigel Planer and Tony Robinson) are all amazing, bringing the book and it's characters to life in a way that earns their five star reviews.

If you are actually a new listener on the other-hand this might really help.

Firstly despite the order they were written in my suggestion would be to start with the guards series. Pratchett has developed a complicated world with several in jokes and this is an easy way to enter it, as the books introduce the reader to the main city from which much of the action takes place. The guards series is arguably one of the most popular and after the first book has a strong cast of both male and female characters. I should warn that some of the other series' books are set before the events in the Watch novels but I still found this the most accessible way, into this vast fictional world.

The order of the guards books are Guards Guards, Men at Arms, Feet Of Clay, Jingo, The Fifth Elephant, Night watch, Thud and Snuff (there are also spin off books that are mentioned in the series). From there you can either start reading the witches novels if you prefer female leads, Rincewind if you prefer male or stay in the city with some of what are often refer to as the `industrial' novels like The Truth, Going Postal and Making Money. Guides to reading order can easily be found on the net if you don't want to go by publication date.

I would also think twice before buying the abridged versions. Tony Robinson as a narrator is brilliant but so are the other narrators and a lot of the plot and humor is cut to fit so much into such a short time. I've listened to most of them and I'd personally go with unabridged every time.

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  • Martin
  • 19-04-2008

Pratchett in top form

I am a fan of Terry Pratchett novels and am amazed at how prolific he is while maintaining the quality of his output. This is one of his better recent efforts. Pratchett's books always have one or two inspired comic ideas and this one is no exception. It is worth reading for the vampire photographer with flash-photography issues alone. Well worth a listen if you like quirky humour in the vein of Douglas Adams and Robert Rankin.

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  • Kerry C
  • 07-04-2013

Great Discworld story

Another great story of the discworld. I've read them all, and am working through the audio books during long journeys. Love Pratchett's work and after the older Tony Robinson ones this is my favourite narrator.



The Guards stories are my preference and this is a great one. Would recommend the story to those new to or totally familiar with the Discworld

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  • Natalia
  • 21-03-2013

Great read

Good story, read well as always. Besides its criminal detective element, content is also educational about news making in a funny and lighthearted way.

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  • Michael
  • 07-04-2011

***ing brilliant

Mt Tulip and Mr Pin, The New Firm, Millenium Hand and Shrimp I told 'em! Now my favouite Discworld book.

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  • Michael. R
  • 19-04-2010

the truth

one of the best books from sir terry pratchett colection of the disk world stories

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  • Nonny@Tomorady
  • 12-04-2013

Terry at his best!

I love this novel! Terry introduces William Deworda, and the start of the press in . the usual mix of lord vetinary, the watch and the wizards, trolls and Dwarfs. I love the use of the vampire as an iconographer. it is like coming home to your family, to be able keep up with the chacters as they grow throughout the series. this one of my favorites and I own them all.

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  • Julia 13
  • 13-11-2020

As Always- Pratchett Soars and Briggs Helps Him

I'm an avid fan of Terry Pratchett and I do l like Stephen Briggs' narration of his books so this one was a winner on both counts for me.

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  • Matthew smith
  • 11-11-2020

just a genius

the person that introduced me to Terry Pratchett is lost in my past I will never be able to thank her enough. this man made me laugh more than any other and there are moments of true beauty in the writing

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-10-2020

Love this Story

I Love this story. Terry Pritchett at his best. So poignant in today’s corrupt society.

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