I have listened to several of Terry Pratchett's books--including the Tiffany Aching books with my kids and some of the Discworld novels on my own--and this is now most definitely my favorite. I think he did an amazing job with this book. It's about belief, not just religion, and explores the power of belief for its own sake.
We just loved it. The narrator was wonderful as well. We are so sad it's over!
One of my favourite Pratchett books, and that says a lot as I have read most of what he has written. The story is engaging and the characters feel so real, that he managed to make me really care about them, laugh with them and cry with them. The music is not as annoying as some reviews had me fear either, mainly at the start of chapters, and short ( tho honestly it adds nothing to the experience and may as well not be there.)
All in all a book I was so happy to listen to anf genuinely sad about fibishing
It is hard for me to articulate how much I love this book, so this review is going to ramble a bit. This is one that I go back to, over and over, and get something new out of each time.
Nation is a standalone novel, so you don't need to have read any of Prachett's other books to enjoy this one. On its surface, it is a simple story of a tsunami, a shipwreck, and survival on an isolated island in the Pacific (this is alternative history, so the oceans actually have different names in the book, but let's just call it the Pacific). Beneath that simple framework, this book somehow manages to touch places deep and profound, as the two protagonists, Mau and Daphne, grapple with the extraordinary circumstances they find themselves in, and begin to ask some big questions about the world, and about life, all the while unknowingly demonstrating to everyone around them what it means to be heroes, in the best and truest sense. It's not something I can really describe, and I'm sure not every listener will have the same experience
Profundity aside, this book is also a really fun, and really funny. The narrator is perfect, and I'm not sure any other narrator could have done what Stephen Briggs manages to do here.
This book is magical. I have listened to it more times than I can now remember, and highly recommend it to everyone I know. Parents looking for a book to listen to with their children can't go wrong here, and adults looking for a great story that really makes you think, shouldn't miss it.
Been wanting to hear something by Pratchett, but didn't have a good starting place. It was only after I listened to Nation that I realized it was a kids book (or so I've heard). Still really enjoyed it for it's story. It was clever, well paced, and... well, cute.
Say something about yourself!
The standard fun read from Pratchett. Good, but one of his best. Yet I still recommend it for Discworld fans.
The characters were so interesting. The story made you think.
I enjoyed the English accent. He read with such expression each character had his or her own personality.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a lot of fun to listen to. The story was different, but interesting.
The author wrote a really great children's story, then ruined it with Atheistic rantings and insistences.
Mr Pratchett doth protest too much, methinks.