Jingo: Discworld: The City Watch Collection (Discworld Hardback Library) Hardcover – 5 Jun 2014
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Jingo is the 20th of Pratchett's Discworld novels, and the fourth to feature the City Guard of Ankh-Morpork. As Jingo begins, an island suddenly rises between Ankh- Morpork and Al-Khali, capital of Klatch. Both cities claim it. Lord Vetinari, the Patrician, has failed to convince the Ruling Council that force is a bad idea, despite reminding them that they have no army--"I believe one of those is generally considered vital to the successful prosecution of a war." Samuel Vimes, Commander of the City Watch, has to find out who shot the Klatchian envoy, Prince Khufurah, and set fire to their embassy, before war breaks out.
Pratchett's characters are both sympathetic and outrageously entertaining, from Captain Carrot, who always finds the best in people and puts it to work playing football, to Sergeant Colon and his sidekick, Corporal Nobbs, who have "an ability to get out of their depth on a wet pavement". Then there is the mysterious D'reg, 71-hour Ahmed. What is his part in all this, and why 71 hours? Anyone who doesn't mind laughing themselves silly at the idiocy of people in general and governments in particular will enjoy Jingo. --Nona Vero --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"'Pratchett's writing is a constant delight. No one mixes the fantastical and the mundane to better comic effect or offers sharper insights into the absurdities of human endeavour'" (Daily Mail)
"'Generous, amusing and the ideal boarding point for those who have never visited Discworld'" (Sunday Telegraph)
"'Vintage Pratchett... Perennially funny...A sharp satire on the futility of war'" (Metro)
"'One of those rare writers who appeals to everyone... He satisfies the need for fast-moving breathtaking plots with entirely satisfying endings, and the equally primitive desire for an alternative world, full of thrills but benign, into which one can step for pleasure and enlivenment'" (Daily Express)
"'Both his inventiveness and his moral shrewdness seem inexhaustible'" (Daily Mail) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The disc plays track 10, 11, 12, etc before it plays 1, 2, 3, and so on if playing on media player.
This has been caused by the naming of the tracks in each folder as:- track 1, track 2, etc, instead of track 01, track 02, etc.
This problem takes away two stars from the 5 star story.
Jingo is a 5 star story about Sam Vimes, commander of the City Watch. Commander Vimes's obvious life-weary disbelief of all things political is a wonder to behold. This story follows Sam and his men into the war between Klatch and Ankh Morpork.
It is Mr Pratchett at his mercurial best - well worth reading and well worth listening to, in both the abridged version Jingo) (read by, and enacted by, Tony Robinson) and this unabridged version (read by Nigel Planer). This unabridged version is also available in multidisc format (Jingo), but it is a lot more expensive.
Mr Robinson is my favourite reader of these books, Mr Planer is my least favourite, but has improved during his time reading these books and does an acceptable job on this one, but I still find him flat in comparison to Mr Robinson.
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