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
"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)
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.
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.
I will never tire of these characters. I can listen to this story over and over. Well written, well read. Worth your time.
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.
The trilogy of the bromeliad is just fun to read. But this first book is my favorite. It brings a smile on my face listening to this book, and often a laugh out loud. The narration is really good, and adds an extra to the book.
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!!!
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.
Stephen Briggs makes the story come to life.
"Made me smile from start to finish"
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!
"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,
"Great introduction to Sir Terry for kids."
Very funny, plenty of laugh out loud moments.
Would definitely recommend this audible version as Stephen Briggs brings life to the story.
Looking forward to hearing the next in the trilogy.
"Always loved this book - in both versions"
Yes. I love the characters. They don't have to be human to feel empathy with them. The frustration with other beings of the same race that comes through the nomes thoughts and comments is clearly not species constrained in Pratchett's world. Very well read by Stephen Briggs as well. Difficult that with a book that people either love or loathe and have probably read themselves more than once
Yes - Superb as ever
I did :) I don't usually buy shorter listen audio books but knowing this story, I decided I'd spend a credit on it anyway. Now I don't have enough listens for the month :D
It would be fairer if the three books in this trilogy were banded together as one audiobook given the length. It is annoying to have to spend 3 credits on such short books and they're far too expensive to purchase outside the credits system
"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...
"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.
"Excellent performance, excellent book"
The story is excellent, as always for Pratchett, but the performance meets his standard and delivers a fun and animated rendition of the story.
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.
Excellent, consistent and clear character voicing. Animated delivery, full of character and interest.
Laugh. A lot.
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
"A good listen but so short."
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.
Stephen reads a lot of Pratchetts books and brings the characters alive.
Two clans discover the world is far bigger then they ever imagined.
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!
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