Pratchett is a genius. You really have to concentrate when listening to get all the satire, comedy bits, and witticisms. There is so much packed in there it can whiz right by you.
Small Gods is a stand alone book in the series and would be a great starting point for anyone who wants to get into the expansive discworld series.
Nigel Planer does a masterful narration as always. The variety of colorful british character accents makes this better in audiobook format than written.
Brutha is a novitiate - the lowest of the low - in the citadel of the Great God Om. There are tens of thousands in the citadel and millions in the empire, but Brutha is also the only person in all these throngs who actually believes in Om. There are deacons, and preists, and bishops, and archbishops, and iams, and even the Cenobiarch - but when the God Om appears in physical form he can only find that he has one believer.
The fact that the Great God Om (Sign of the Holy Horns) appears as a one-eyed tortoise who is literally dropped into the citadel by an eagle is very confusing to everyone including Brutha. However, as Brutha is the only one who can hear Om, his internal dialogues with his god reflect against the actions of Om's supposed believers.
The conflict between belief and non-belief are highlighted in many humorous and interesting ways in this wonderful and fast-moving story. In many ways I believe this might be the best of the Discworld novels - Terry Pratchett at the height of his powers. It is certainly the most angry of the Discworld stories. There is something almost inevitable about English novelists and their hostility to organized religion and Christianity especially. But, Mr. Pratchett uses the substitution of Om worship to make his criticisms of religion still valid without completely alienating everyone.
This is one of the "must have" Discworld stories that should be in your library. And as always, Nigel Planer's narration is a perfect grace note which makes listening to this audiobook a wonderful experience
I'm a great reader so I never consider the audio to be better, but I will say that I think it does justice to the book.
Good Omens. Nation. What they have in common with Small Gods is Pratchett's take on modern culture, the way he turns things on their heads and makes you look at things differently.
Hard to choose just one. I did especially enjoy his Didactus, but he does them all justice.
Is the world round, or isn't it?
This book is chock full of all the delightful things Pratchett brings to any story: quirky characters that are somehow so much like people you know and a slyly irreverant but never cruel humor being just two of them. Pratchett isn't just a fantasy author, he's a brilliant satirist who uses the fantasy genre to poke fun at the way we see the world. He makes you think.
The narrator is excellent, and the author's lanugage is delightful. I first checked this book out from the library many years ago on audio tape! I missed it when tapes no longer were realistic. Having a digital copy of this rocks.
Yes. If I were audible, I'd remaster the original audio to clean out the dull sound quality. Nigel Planer is too good a narrator to waste on poor audio quality.
Yes, but I seldom get them because so many have the same audio problem.
Planer *is* the characters he portrays. (I was pleased to see that the BBC cast him in their adaptations of Pratchett's books. I hope it was because of his role in helping create the feeling of Pratchett's Discworld.)
In the top 20
I loved the whole book
I love that I can recognize his characters from book to book.
I have read Small Gods several times. I would listen, again, just as I may read it again.
Pyramids by Terry Pratchett. His most popular books take place in Ankh-Morpork, but these "stand-alones" are little gems that really show his power as an author.
I like Nigel Planer's Discworld. To me, he is to Discworld what Jim Dale is to Harry Potter. He hits the right tone and sounds like what I thought the characters should sound like. I read all the books before every listening to any, and was very pleased with Planer.
Nothing particular. The whole book is great and Brother is a perfect character.
This is my favorite Pratchett book.
OK but not Pratchhett's best. However, I must admit to chortling every time I heard, "there's good eatin' on one those."
I loved the examination of what some will worship and the twist in people's natures to believe it! Pratchett has a magic way of poking at people's naive and unquestioning belief in what they are told to and how that one special person can throw a wrench in it. Wonderfully witty!
I not only am willing but desperate to try others! He is one of my favs.
The turtle and his crankiness and the newest prophet to the flock.
No, several sittings, but this just makes it even better.
Everyone needs to laugh. You don't need any background in the Disc World to enjoy this story. It is close enough to our world to have a relevant point as well as just being an entertaining story.
Great characters, great story, great way to get into the Disc World.
Laughed out loud.
Awesome reading. Nigel Planer no longer reads the audiobooks for Pratchett, but this, I think, was his masterpiece and I am very glad it hasn't been redone.