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Jingo

By: Terry Pratchett
Narrated by: Jon Culshaw, Peter Serafinowicz, Bill Nighy
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Summary

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The audiobook of Jingo is narrated by impressionist and actor Jon Culshaw, best known for BBC Radio 4’s Dead Ringers, and for the Doctor Who audiobooks and dramas. BAFTA and Golden Globe award-winning actor Bill Nighy (Love Actually; Pirates of the Caribbean; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) reads the footnotes, and Peter Serafinowicz (Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace; Shaun of the Dead) stars as the voice of Death. Featuring a new theme tune composed by James Hannigan.

'IT WAS SO MUCH EASIER TO BLAME IT ON THEM. IT WAS BLEAKLY DEPRESSING TO THINK THAT THEY WERE US.'

War is brewing on the Discworld.

An island has appeared from the ocean depths, right in the middle of the sea which separates the proud empires of Klatch and Ankh-Morpork. Of course, no one would dream of starting a war with the neighbours without a perfectly good reason… such as a 'strategic' piece of old rock, for instance.

But when a Klatchian Prince is almost assassinated, peace talks break down and violent nationalism begins to spread. Ankh-Morpork prepares to fight. Only thing is, they don't have an army. Or much in the way of weapons.

Commander Sam Vimes and the 'officially disbanded' City Watch get caught up in a deadly political game where the enemy appears to be on both sides and no one will listen to reason.

And if they don't stop this absurd war, no one will…

Jingo is the fourth book in the City Watch series, but you can listen to the Discworld novels in any order.

The first book in the Discworld series - The Colour of Magic - was published in 1983. Some elements of the Discworld universe may reflect this.

©1997 Dunmanifestin Ltd (P)2023 Penguin Audio

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"Generous, amusing and the ideal boarding point for those who have never visited Discworld." (Sunday Telegraph)

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Am I crazy or...

... Has penguin replaced Vimes' "ye gods" with "good grief"??? It's taken me 3 books to figure out what was so off, I love the narration but I'm sure they've changed the wording. Someone please tell me why.

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the characters of The Watch

I do like these stories with The Watch very amusing as the banter between Nobby and Colon

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Pratchett’s incredible Discworld

I adore Terry Pratchett’s writing and this is one of my favourite stories of his. The narration is fantastic, well produced.

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Very good

An enjoyable listen the narrator has really gotten to grips with the story and characters, the only one I am unsure of is Willikins. A good job overall.

There are some great insights into people, war and diplomacy in this book. Some good character development too. If you liked the previous books you should enjoy this one.

I have said it before but I still think the older versions of this audiobook should be available so listeners have options regarding which version they prefer. The series is good enough and popular enough to merit it in my opinion.

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Excellent

I wasn’t certain about the voice of Nobby at first but he’s grown on me. The story, as ever, s excellent

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Brilliant

Was skeptical of the new versions as I love the originals. And this is my favourite Pratchett series. But they are fabulous. I love the accents. I love Bill Nighy’s footnotes. Jon Culshaw does an amazing job.

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Hut hut hut

Very enjoyable , as expected.
Something of a guide book for 2023.

Theatrically, a bit bland in places.

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Just top, top notch.

I really can’t think of an audio performance I have enjoyed more. There are some wonderful narrators out there. Stephen Fry, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith to name a couple but the variety here is spectacular every character is pitch perfect in their bringing to life. The interplay between Colon & Nobby is genius. I have listened to Tony Robinson, Nigel Planer read discworld and enjoyed them but this another level. 7 or 8 stars if I could give it. Off to find if they have re done going postal !!

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  • 03-09-23

Another triumph

Writing 10/10 performance 10/10 pace 10/10 I can’t rate highly enough - love this series want to read them all

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Practically a dramatisation!

I love the Guards books and Vimes has always been a favourite character so I was delighted to find this audiobook so fantastically narrated.
Culshaw is brilliant - each character is distinctive and consistently voiced - I know some haven’t liked the choices of accents/voices but they work for me (and seriously - they can’t match up everyone’s inner narrative, can they?) Vimes as a grizzled Yorkshireman, Carrot’s earnest tones, Nobby’s… well, Nobby, and Vetinari oozes the right mixture of intelligence, ruthlessness and charisma.
The dialogue zings and it’s given me a whole new appreciation for these old favourites. The material is handled respectfully and Pratchett’s humour and darker observations of humanity shine through it all.
I’m absolutely blown away - quite simple brilliant - thank you to everyone involved.

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