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Truckers: The Bromeliad Trilogy #1

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Publisher's Summary

"Outside! What's it like?" Masklin looked blank. "Well," he said. "It's sort of big."

To the thousands of tiny nomes who live under the floorboards of a large department store, there is no outside. Things like day and night, sun and rain are just daft old legends.

Then a devastating piece of news shatters their existence: the Store, their whole world, is to be demolished. It's up to Masklin, one of the last nomes to come into the Store, to mastermind an unbelievable escape plan that will take all the nomes into the dangers of the great Outside.

This is the first book in the Bromeliad Trilogy.

Nome tomes: listen to more in Terry Pratchett's Bromeliad series.

©1989 Terry and Lyn Pratchett; (P)2004 Isis Publishing Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Filled with wry humor that calls into question the nomes' blind faith in [the Store], the novel encourages readers to ponder the larger issues of truth in their own lives." (Children's Literature)

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    Joan 02-19-11
    Joan 02-19-11
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    "Great fun w/an edge - classic Pratchett"

    As a long-time Discworld fan, I hesitated for years over whether to try Pratchett's "younger" books. I shouldn't have! They're just as funny, perhaps a slightly lighter and certainly a quicker read, but well worth the time and credits. (If reading to or with kids I can imagine kids and adults both getting a great laugh out of them, just probably preferring slightly different jokes!) Since TP is apparently unable to write anything without a philosophical/satirical edge, the trilogy touches on religion, the psychology of leadership and group behavior, xenophobia, consumerism and more.

    Unlike another reviewer, I think Briggs did a brilliant job reading this, with funny and appropriate voices. I especially enjoyed the way he intoned the selections from The Book of Nome at the start of each chapter.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Tina Novato, CA, United States 01-02-12
    Tina Novato, CA, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Absolutely delightful"

    My first foray into the famous and popular Terry Pratchett's work. This wonderful story of gnomes living in a dying department store on Earth, not knowing their universe was once MUCH larger than that, is chock full of chuckle and guffaw moments, and a wonderfully crafted story. I'll be going back for the next books in this trilogy for sure.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffany Shoreline, WA, United States 02-11-11
    Tiffany Shoreline, WA, United States 02-11-11
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    "Always wonderful."

    I will never tire of these characters. I can listen to this story over and over. Well written, well read. Worth your time.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    MARIA Miami, FL, United States 11-30-08
    MARIA Miami, FL, United States 11-30-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Ok, but not brilliant"

    This series is nice, but it is not compelling. While I normally admire Stephen Briggs' performances in the other Discworld books, in this series, he does not vary his voice and so I keep hearing the voice of Granny Weatherwax from the lips of a different character.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Schmit Wisconsin 10-18-16
    Sarah Schmit Wisconsin 10-18-16 Member Since 2012

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    "Couldn't Understand the Narrator"
    What disappointed you about Truckers?

    I couldn't understand Mr. Briggs' accent at all. I tried slowing down the book, but just couldn't follow. I really wanted to like this!!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan 10-30-15
    Jonathan 10-30-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Stephen's on point as always!"

    could almost wonder if Mr Briggs spent time in the clergy! another excellent reading of another excellent story! on to the next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. Paul V.M. Flesher Laramie, WY USA 06-20-15
    Dr. Paul V.M. Flesher Laramie, WY USA 06-20-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Early work by Pratchett"

    Another good story by Pratchett. Starts a bit slow but gets going after a bit.

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    Blanca 05-28-15
    Blanca 05-28-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Truckers to be better than the print version?

    We have a rule in our house: Read it first the, if you like the story, get it on audio book. There is something about someone else reading the book that makes you notice things you missed when you read the book.


    What does Stephen Briggs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Stephen Briggs makes the story come to life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory 03-13-15
    Gregory 03-13-15 Member Since 2006
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    "Another side of Terry Pratchett"

    Mr. Pratchett is a genius as always. I am a fan of his Diskworld series, so, while I did not rate this book as highly as I do most of his Diskworld books, there is plenty to ponder, and it makes a nice change that you can share with your grandchildren.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Julia CHAPEL HILL, NC, United States 03-01-15
    Julia CHAPEL HILL, NC, United States 03-01-15 Member Since 2011

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    "Truckers was great fun"

    This was great as expected. I am a big fan of Terry P and the reading was fantastic as usual.

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    "The truckers ----Terry Prachett"

    I first heard this book, 10 years ago. When I belonged to books for the blind. I am dyslexic, not blind.
    I realy enjoyed the book then as I am doing now. The reason it took me 10 years to find, I forgot to write down the title.------ Personaly I love this book and I am looking forward to the next two in the trilogy. I didn't realise it was a trilogy. Last time i had it it must have been an abriged version.Any way its a most excelant book. humorous,

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Victoria
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    7/19/13
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    "Made me smile from start to finish"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Truckers to be better than the print version?

    When I was 10 my Mum started reading me this book and I’m not sure it would be too dramatic to say it changed my life. As someone who loved stories but really struggled to read these stories captured my imagination and my sense of humour enough to force me into reading. Now 16 years on, I downloaded them and was pleasantly surprised to find that I still loved them. Compelling and exciting, insightful and witty this is everything you could want from a book aimed at children, but whose appeal continues into adulthood. I can't imagine how anyone would dislike it!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • S. Tyrrel
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    "Chapters incorrect on audible"

    Good story and well read but chapters breaks on audible incorrect. There are at least 13 chapters, not the 6 suggested...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • BookQueen
    7/20/16
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    "Great intro to Pratchett"

    Amazing start to reading Pratxhett novels for children. Thoroughpy recommended for adults too! Slightly different sense of humour to the Discworld series but given the target audience this isn't surprising.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. D. Barnett-cormack
    Lancaster, UK
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    "Excellent performance, excellent book"
    Would you listen to Truckers again? Why?

    The story is excellent, as always for Pratchett, but the performance meets his standard and delivers a fun and animated rendition of the story.


    What other book might you compare Truckers to, and why?

    I am really unsure how to answer that question. It's an adventure story, so like lots of kids books. It features little people living out of sight in the human world, so maybe the Borrowers, except really not. It's Pratchett, so the style you see in his other works comes through as well.


    What about Stephen Briggs’s performance did you like?

    Excellent, consistent and clear character voicing. Animated delivery, full of character and interest.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh. A lot.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dorothy McGarven
    Twickenham, UK
    4/20/15
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    "Great story"

    I'm so sad that such a magnificent mind is gone now. Great book and I would recommend it highly. Next book is great two

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ZoeMbubbles
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    12/8/14
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    "A good listen but so short."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Truckers to be better than the print version?

    I prefer audiobooks generally to print. I find them much easier to follow and I can carry on with my daily chores, travel etc while reading.


    What does Stephen Briggs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Stephen reads a lot of Pratchetts books and brings the characters alive.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Two clans discover the world is far bigger then they ever imagined.


    Any additional comments?

    This series of books is very enjoyable. Pratchett addresses adult concepts with his usual tact and comedic approach making arguments for both sides and allowing the reader to come to their own decisions. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I am aware it is aimed at children but would have liked it to be a little longer. You can't have everything!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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