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The Truth: Discworld, Book 25 (Unabridged)
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by Terry Pratchett (Author), Stephen Briggs (Narrator)
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  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
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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.

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

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The 25th book is no. 1 23 Oct 2001
By A Customer
Before I read The Truth I had read the book, listened to the tape, seen the play or watched the video of every other discworld. Yes I am a fan. The Truth is my favourite to date, just snipping ahead of Men At Arms and Soul Music. The Truth has all the elements which makes Terry a brilliant author: great humour, good plot twists and clever parallells with the 'real' world.
William de Worde is the wealth rejecting son of an Ankh-Morpork noble. To earn a living he sends a news letter to various foreign dignitaries for $5 each. However an encounter with the discworld's first engraving press launches him into editing The Ankh-Morpork Times, which anyone can afford to buy. Along the way he is helped by an engraver's daughter, a vampire iconographer, who has a tendancy to crumble to dust whenever he takes a picture, and a man who wants William to print pictures of his humourous shaped vegetables. Things seem to be going well, untill William falls into trouble with the Engraver's Guild and the Patrician attacks his clerk. A plot's afoot. There's a new firm in town.
This is a must read for anyone who has even a minor interest in Terry Pratchett.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Discworld, but not as you know it 10 July 2003
25 novels in, it would be truly remarkable were Pterry to consistently produce surprises and laughs in the same measure of the heady early days of the Discworld. It becomes almost impossible to view each new addition to the canon objectively, but it is a measure of the series' success in that I still pounce upon each new paperback, and feel reunited with an old, safe friend. The Truth is no exception to the rule, but here, the once familiar streets and characters of Ankh Morpork are viewed through a different pair of eyes. The Watch, when taking centre stage in their own stories are seen as stoic upholders of the law, but here, under the pen of the Disc's first journalist, they appear more sinister, and not necessarily wholly on the side of justice. It's an interesting twist, and Pratchett's previous life with the press has helped inform a clever plot - never high on the belly laughs, but pleasantly distracting, nevertheless. Also mercifully absent was the rushed and confusing conclusion present in so many previous Discworld episodes. Here, the story unfolds with pace, and yet with a clarity of purpose that confirms Pratchett's grasp of the form. Others may bemoan the relative lack of clever puns and in-jokes, but the joy of The Truth lies in the realisation the scope that The Disc gives the author to explore themes and genres. Not classic Disc then, but a pleasant read, and yet another corner of fertile ground explored.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laughter: The cure for all that ails ye! 8 Nov 2000
Well, actually, I almost choked when reading this one. Kill or cure I guess! I read this one in about a day- I loved it that much!
Well, I must say this is -ing fantastic (whatever it was that -ing meant)! Pratchett has truly returned to form.
The Truth sees a number of new characters popping up out of the woodwork. William de Worde is the editor of the ankh morpork times , he didn't particularly want the job, he didn't even ask for it, but he got it anyway. He's also in a lot of trouble. The Engravers guild are after him, He's got people wanting pictures of their amusingly shaped vegetables in the paper and the watch are having him Watched. This is not turning out to be a very good day. What is more, Lord Vetinari seems to have attempted to murder his head clerk, and the only witness is a dog named Wuffles (16) who is nowhere to be found.
I really enjoyed this book. we get to see a lot of the characters who we have grown to love from a different point of view (ie. the watch) and they don't seem quite so nice.
a must read for all Discworld fans! I wouldn't reccomend it to anyone who has only just started reading them though as you have to know about some of the characters involved and there's a fair few 'in jokes', refering to previous books.
And remember: The truth shall make ye fred!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars That's the truth 9 Mar 2001
By A Customer
So, we are up to number twenty five for the prolific Pratchett. I know that it is not very fashionable to like Terry Pratchett these days, but I love him. I have been reading him since book six, the excellent Macbeth, Hamlet hybrid Weird Sisters. I have read all of the Discworld novels, and apart from the rather dull small gods, I have found them all to be inventive and hilarious. Over the course of the years Terry really seems to have found his stride and the books get better and better.
I am pleased to relate that The Truth is on par with the best of them, using the background of his former profession, journalism. Pratchett has weaved a story of political intrigue with the musings of the role of the press.
The story concerns William de Worde, who makes a meagre living sending reports on the goings on in Ankh-Morpork to interested parties. This all changes when some dwarves turn up in the city, with the Discworld's first printing press. Next thing he knows, de Worde is the editor of the Ankh-Morpork times, and has a great story of murder...by the Patrician of the city, Vetinari.
The story reintroduces, my personal favourite, Sir Samuel Vimes, commander of the city watch, along with regular characters like Gaspode the talking dog. He also brings in new characters like a vampire, who keeps turning himself to dust via flash photography and two very familiar villains with a love of big Macs.
There are a number of diverse elements in the Truth, but is never seems contrived or forced. Which is the major strength of Terry's best novels. If you like Pratchett then you will love this. Terry's 25th is destined to become one of his most favoured books, and that's the Truth...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed
I enjoyed this as it involves Vimes and Sybil who are my fave characters. Plus it has a bit of nobby nobbs chucked in.
Published 13 days ago by Mrs. S. Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent as always
Such a pleasure to read just like any of his books - subtle transparent humour and charismatic personalities. Extremely engaging.
Published 20 days ago by RJ
5.0 out of 5 stars The origins of Mr De Worde
This is another book in the series that I have sought out in order to fill in the gaps. It's the chance to find out more about Mr. Read more
Published 1 month ago by N. Beattie
5.0 out of 5 stars one of Terry's greatest
this has to be one of the best discworld novels that I have read it is a shame he hasn't written any more books staring William De Word very good f__ing read
Published 2 months ago by vimesy
4.0 out of 5 stars Pratchett doing what he does
It is does exactly what it says on the tin, Terry Pratchett has produced another amusing and enjoyable read with everything that makes a discworld book such a pleasure to read
Published 3 months ago by Elessar
5.0 out of 5 stars The truth is elastic!
This is an excellent Terry Pratchett Discworld novel. It is witty, lively, funny but also very deep, clever and thought provoking. This is definitely a good read. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Ascerbic wit
Ah a bit too close to the truth methinks. I adore the double meanings and Love the little nods to stuff like Pulp Fiction etc Every time I think I'm going to get bored with the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by 3turn
5.0 out of 5 stars The Truth
As usual Sir Terry has delivered a masterpiece. The storyline mimics true life in a truly astounding manner. The characters can all be found in real life. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Chris Ranthony
2.0 out of 5 stars TOO SMALL
Published 5 months ago by g w gardner
5.0 out of 5 stars Discworld
I loved this book as I have loved all of TP's work. Thought provoking and addictive reading. Well done sir
Published 5 months ago by archerboy
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