Though I'm sure I missed some of the "football" jokes being an American who's not into soccer or rugby, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was fun, and, as an academic, I enjoyed the school humor quite a lot.
I love Terry Pratchett and have for years. This book is fun and enjoyable, as are most of his books, but is by no means a representation of his best work. I do enjoy the character of Mr. Nutt - a self-conscious nonentity who has some amazing talents. Also, the idea of the wizards playing football (soccer for us from the U.S.) is certainly amusing, but if your'e new to Pratchett I would recommend Thud!, The Truth, or Going Postal.
The first time I listened to this I dismissed it as not one of his best - nothing of consequence was happening; no wars, murders, dragons etc. But when I listened to it again with out the expectation of momentous events, I was enchanted. Pratchett's humor and love for his quirky characters comes through on every page. This is very much worth a quiet listen.
To be fair, this is only the second time I have heard a TP book without first reading the book (the first was Making Money which was excellent,) but I was disappointed by both the book and Stephen Briggs' delivery. I have always much preferred Briggs as a narrator, but for some reason this time it didn't gel. It may be the book, it may be the delivery, but what ever it was, it didn't work for me. Not as much dry humour as I expect from TP either. Saddened under the circumstances.
I love Terry Pratchett and the disc world novels, but this was my first time listening to one rather than reading it. At first, I thought I wasn't going to enjoy it - the novel jumps 'round and it is hard to keep track without the novel in front of you to see the breaks. BUT, as the characters developed, I became so wrapped up in the story that I could disregard it. Great humor typical of Pratchett and a great listen.
Terry Pratchett has done it again and again...from tourists to death, they are always fun. While the book talks about 'football' or here in the USA 'soccer', and the Unseen University. But he could have been speaking of almost any college or university and football in the US and their crowds of fans. Once again there is the satirical poke at the world around us.
I'm a long time Disc World and Terry Pratchett fan but this book exceeded my hopes. It was everything I expect from him and more. Splendid and sparkling!
As a huge Terry Pratchett fan, this book is just another example of the high quality, fun adventure that keeps me laughing and admiring the amazing talent that it takes t keep writing the disc world series. Thank you Terry!