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Thud! Audio CD – Audiobook, Oct 31 2005

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Corgi; Abridged edition edition (Oct. 31 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780552153638
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552153638
  • ASIN: 055215363X
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 2.4 x 14.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 82 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,261,637 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The 31st Discworld novel begins with a thud-the sound of a club crushing the skull of influential dwarf leader Grag Hamcrusher. Tensions between dwarves and trolls has been high for centuries, so when a troll club is found lying nearby the murdered Hamcrusher, a villainous troll is the obvious suspect. But the dwarf's death is not so simple, and Commander Samuel Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch must investigate the murder and discover the truth...lest renewed tensions between the dwarves and trolls tear his city apart. While some of these characters have appeared in previous Discworld volumes, newcomers to the series should have no trouble following and enjoying this audiobook. Like all of Pratchett's work, Thud! is infused with wit and good fun throughout. Briggs, a 2004 Audie Award winner, enlivens the humor with his exuberant and masterful narration, and his pleasant British brogue is a joy to listen to. A man of many voices, Briggs flawlessly handles the wide variety of characters, which range from slow-witted trolls and gruff dwarves to arrogant lords and non-blood-sucking vampires. Canon reading for fantasy-fanatic audiophiles.
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Format: Hardcover
On June 28, 1389 a combined army of Serbs, Bosnians, Albanians and Romanians waged a fierce battle against an Ottoman army on the Plains of Kosovo. Although details of the battle are obscure and lost in the mists of time the animosity between the parties has lingered. It was no surprise therefore that on the 600th anniversary of the battle President Slobodan Milosevic of Serbia launched his `ethnic cleansing' campaign in Kosovo. Sometimes the oldest animosities burn the brightest.
That is just about the scenario found in "THUD", Terry Pratchett's latest roller coaster ride through Discworld. The origin and outcome of the ancient Battle of Koom Valley between the Trolls and Dwarves has been obscured and the subject of much debate; but, the lingering and long-lasting hatred between them means they are always one spark away from renewed battle.
Grag Hamcrusher is what you might call a Dwarf extremist. Emerging from the depths he rails against those dwarves who have risen close to the surface. He intimates Dwarf residents of Ankh-Morpork who have made accommodations to a life lived above ground. Hamcrusher is a zealot who would like nothing better than to renew a holy war against the hated Trolls. As Thud opens Hamcrusher has just been murdered, thud "being the sound the heavy club made as it connected with the head". The initial evidence, a troll club found near the apparent murder scene, seems destined to bring their historic enmity to a boil. It is up to Commander Vimes and the Watch to find out who killed Hamcrusher and try to avoid a war that could destroy Ankh-Morpork.
The Patrician, not surprisingly, has complicated matters for Vimes.
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Format: Hardcover
Ankh-Morpork, the Great City of Discworld, is proud of its "multiculturalism". Except here, it's "multi-speciesism". Trolls, dwarfs, golems, even a werewolf have been incorporated into city society. They are represented in the ranks of the City Watch, that bastion of law enforcement. Once scorned as ineffective, the Watch, under Commander Sam Vimes, the Duke of Ankh-Morpork, is now considered an exemplary force in the City. "All are just coppers" is one of Sam's litanies. Except when it comes to vampires. Yet, once again, Pratchett forces Vimes to confront his prejudices. And we readers to face up to ours.
Into the quietly seething mixture of Ankh-Morpork peoples there arrives a new element. For years, the dwarfs have scrambled up out of the deep dark of their mines to emigrate to Sam Vimes' city. They've become the city's largest "minority group". While boisterous, dwarfs are generally well behaved. Clashes with their ancient enemy, the trolls, have taken little real toll of either group. The deep dark of those mines, however, contain a secret. A secret treasured and sought by elements of dwarf society who consider themselves guardians of its value - the "grags". Nothing offends a grag as much as encountering someone who has "seen the light". These guardians scorn the "short humans" who have abandoned traditional dwarf values in Ankh-Morpork's materialist environment. One of those "traditional values" is the cause of the ancient clash in Koom Valley.
A Discworld legend in its own right, the Battle of Koom Valley is one of those "We won!" - "No, we won!" myths so many societies possess. Each side ambushed the other. Both sides shamefully ran away at its conclusion.
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My family had been reading Pratchett for years, but after not being able to finish The Colour of Magic when I was eleven or twelve, I had assumed he wasn't for me. I picked up Thud in the library soon after it came out, and, not having a library card, I sat in a comfy chair and read until closing time. I came back early the next day and finished it. It is probably one of the best books out there and, because it introduced me to Pratchett, is one of my favourites.

Like all Discworld novels, it's a stand-alone book. The only problem I had with reading it first was that it's got a few spoilers for earlier books (ie: Cheery. That's all I'm saying).

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves fantasy, hates fantasy and/or is a fan of clever prose.
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Format: Hardcover
Fans der Wache werden dieses Buch lieben (andere Scheibenweltleser bestimmt auch). Es geht nicht nur um die Hauptperson Samuel Vimes, sondern die gesamte Wache wird stark in die Geschichte mit eingebunden. Und nicht nur das: Dieser Roman ist fast so etwas wie eine eigenständige Fortsetzung alter Wachen-Romane. Er strotzt nur so von Querverweisen zu vorangegangenen Romanen. Diese werden wunderbar in Nebensätzen eingebunden. Während des Lesens habe ich mich oft zurückgelehnt und mich an „Guards! Guards!", „Jingo", „The Fifth Elephant"„The Truth" und „Night Watch" erinnert. So z.B. als Sybil, Sams Frau, ihn darauf anspricht, ob er sich überhaupt noch an ihren letzten Urlaub erinnern kann antwortet er, dass er das selbstverständlich kann! Immerhin wäre er damals fast von einem Werwolf verspeist worden! (siehe „The Fifth Elephant"). Sogar eine Parallele zu „A Hat Full of Sky" ist vorhanden, obwohl dieses kein Roman der eigentlichen Scheibenwelt-Reihe ist.
Für Neuleser wird es dadurch allerdings verwirrend. Es ist zwar eine eigenständige Geschichte, die ich auch neuen Interessenten empfehlen möchte, aber bei einigen Nebenpassagen könnte diesen der Zusammenhang fehlen. Neulesern sei daher die Empfehlung gegeben, mit den alten Romanen zu beginnen und sich dann in der Geschichte vorzuarbeiten. Es lohnt sich!
Der Roman erhält von mir die volle Punktzahl!
Als „Going Postal" erschien, war ich zwar sehr angetan von der Geschichte, aber mir fiel auf, dass die alten Charaktere immer stärker verschwammen und auf Nebenschauplätze verbannt wurden. Das war damals meine Kritik und so setzte ich meine Hoffnung auf „Thud!".
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