First, it's tough to follow a book that has so many players named Abdullah this or Mohammad that. This book starts way back in time and seems to take forever to get to anything contemporary where I can even recognize the names. I guess I'm hard-pressed to say much good about this book, so I'd recommend using your credits elsewhere.
This book started out a bit slow for me, but since I enjoyed the author's other book, The Poisonwood Bible, I stuck it out. I'm glad I did. Once the story got rolling, it was a great listen. Not riveting, like a who-done-it, but thoughtful, well written, well read, and ecologically and environmentally thought provoking.
This is my first Pratchett book and I have to disagree with some other reviewers. I have never read any of the Discworld books, but did not have any trouble following this book. I loved the dry humor, the sarcastic placement of characters, and the overall wit. I think I'll have to read some of those Discworld books now.
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