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G Berton

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  • The Colour of Magic: Discworld #1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    Overall
    (2557)
    Performance
    (1023)
    Story
    (1029)

    The Colour of Magic, the first novel in Terry Pratchett's wildly imaginative Discworld series, takes the listener on a remarkable journey. The magical planet of Discworld is supported by four massive elephants who stand on the back of the Great A'Tuin, a giant turtle swimming slowly through the mysterious interstellar gulf. An eccentric expedition sets out to explore the planet, encountering dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and of course "The Edge" of the planet.

    Joel says: "Start in any of seven Disworld books"
    "Hilarious"
    Overall

    This book had me LOL constantly. If you liked "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe", you will like this book as well. While totally different (and original) in its setup and events, it has the same humorously twisted outlook. Maybe because both authors are Brits. Buy it, you will like it, whether you are a fantasy fan or just looking for some good laughs.

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Wee Free Men: Discworld Childrens, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Stephen Briggs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1275)
    Performance
    (447)
    Story
    (449)

    Armed only with a frying pan and her common sense, Tiffany Aching, a young witch-to-be, is all that stands between the monsters of Fairyland and the warm, green Chalk country that is her home. Forced into Fairyland to seek her kidnapped brother, Tiffany allies herself with the Chalk's local Nac Mac Feegle, aka the Wee Free Men, a clan of sheep-stealing, sword-wielding, six-inch-high blue men who are as fierce as they are funny.

    Richard says: "First Sight and Second Thoughts"
    "One of Terry's Best"
    Overall

    I have been listening to Terry Pratchett's books while commuting for a couple of years, and this is one of the best. Tiffany, the nine-year-old witch, and the Nac Mac Feegle are hilarious and serious at the same time, and the sense of place, the "Land under Wave" that plays a huge part in the book is wonderfully invoked. I laughed often and loved Terry's reworking of some very traditional fantasy themes as seen through his particular set of cracked lenses. I would recommend this both to adults and older children, particularly girls who need some heros of their own, and especially to the parents of those girls. Just a great read.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • The Company: A Novel of the CIA

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robert Littell
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (4949)
    Performance
    (2059)
    Story
    (2051)

    "If Robert Littell didn't invent the American spy novel," says Tom Clancy, "he should have." In this spectacular Cold-War-as-Alice-in-Wonderland epic, Littell, "the American le Carre," takes us down the rabbit hole and into the labyrinthine world of espionage that has been the CIA for the last half-century. "Ostensibly a single novel, The Company can also be listened to as an anthology of cracking good spy stories," says (Publishers Weekly).

    Cynthia says: "Hang on to your Hat"
    "Excellent Insight"
    Overall

    Although billed as a novel, this book presents a fascinating insider's knowledge of 50 years of the history of the CIA, including telling portraits of many historical figures. It explains what went on behind the scenes of a list of crucial historical events including the Hungarian Uprising, the Bay of Pigs, and the Russian old-guard pusch against Gorbochov and Yelsen. While the author obviously has some axes to grind, he provides a very insightful look at recent American and World history. While some of the names may be changed to protect the guilty, this is both a fascinating, fast-moving novel in its own right and a source book to, as one of its characters says, show the novelists what spying is really about.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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