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Pyramids Audiobook

Pyramids: Discworld #7

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It isn't easy, being a teenage pharaoh. You're not allowed to carry money, uninhibited young women peel your grapes for you, everyone thinks you're responsible for making the sun rise and the corn grow, you keep dreaming about seven thin cows and seven fat cows (one of them playing the trombone), and on top of everything else, the Great Pyramid has just exploded because of paracosmic instability.

And then you've got to deal with all these assassins, sphinxes, huge wooden horses, mad high priests, philosophers, sacred crocodiles, gods, marching mummies, jobbing pyramid builders and Hat, the Vulture-Headed God of Unexpected Guests.

And all you really wanted was the chance to do something for young people and the inner cities.

©1989 Terry Pratchett and Lynn Pratchett; (P)1997 ISIS Publishing Ltd.

What the Critics Say

"There's no end to the wacky wonders...No fantasy is as consistently, inventively mad...wild and wonderful." (Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine)

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    Pam Mangilao, GU, United States 12-15-03
    Pam Mangilao, GU, United States 12-15-03 Member Since 2000

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    "Almost perfect"

    Although Pyramids doesn't seem to be in the top ten fav list of Terry's books, it should be. It has all the normal Pratchett intricately woven craziness and I highly recommend it.

    My one big gripe is not with the book, but with the narration. Nigel Planer is, in general, very good, but whoever told him how to pronounce the name of the lead feminine character should be shot.

    In the annotations portion of L-Space (an on-line site devoted to Terry Pratchett that every fan should visit) they say that Terry says that the name Ptraci should be pronounced "Tracy" with a silent 'p'. Part of the reason is that the name Tracy is common British slang for a clueless female.

    Throughout the entire book, Nigel insists on pronouncing the name PaTRAchee which absolutely drove me crazy. I found myself shouting "It's TRACY!!" as I drove down the road. Luckily, I have air conditioning so my windows are always rolled up (I live where it's always warm).

    Nevertheless, if you can deal with PaTRAchee, it's a wonderful book in the delightful Terry Pratchett tradition.

    30 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    M.B. Lafayette, CO, United States 10-23-11
    M.B. Lafayette, CO, United States 10-23-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful"

    “Pyramids” may not be my favorite Discworld novel, but I loved it nonetheless. It fits in perfectly with the rest of the Discworld universe and was absolutely wonderful to read.

    My only issue is that 3-4 hours in, the narration changes from Nigel Planer to someone who sounds more like Stephen Fry and then a few more hours later it goes back to Nigel Planer (the same thing happened in “Sourcery”). Both voices are great for narration and it doesn’t hurt the story in any way. I just found the switch to be a bit odd. Otherwise, the book is a wonderful read and I highly recommend it to anyone delving further in to the Discworld universe.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Altivo 09-18-12
    Altivo 09-18-12 Member Since 2005

    Retired librarian, author, and dreamer.

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    "Why walk a mile with a camel?"

    Perhaps because camels have the most brilliant mathematical minds ever incarnate in living flesh? Well, you need Pratchett's explanation for this, but believe me, it's plausibly funny. Just in case you wonder what REALLY happened to the ancient Egyptian civilization with all its priests, slaves, and demigod-like rulers, this book provides an answer. An answer that will have you chuckling if not laughing out loud.

    Stands well on its own, even if you haven't already read others of Pratchett's prolific Discworld series.

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    Alice United States 03-06-14
    Alice United States 03-06-14
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    "Gotta love Nigel Planer!"
    Where does Pyramids rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Difficult to say.


    Would you recommend Pyramids to your friends? Why or why not?

    It is not the best in the discworld series, so I wouldn't recommend it as a first read (or listen). I am a little confused as to the goal of the story, but it is definitely a good laugh most of the time, like most of Terry Pratchett's stories. And there aren't many funny stories placed in ancient Egypt.The narration is just fantastic though. I absolutely love how Nigel Planer reads it.


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

    A very smooth story, a great warm voice.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Tough one. I don't know.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ToddS Colorado, USA 12-05-12
    ToddS Colorado, USA 12-05-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Not my favorite, but still a great listen."

    I wouldn't say this is my favorite book in the Discworld series, but as usual Terry Pratchett delivered a book that was quite enjoyable. And with Nigel Planer narrating we have the final ingredient for a perfect recipe.

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    Chris M. 07-13-08
    Chris M. 07-13-08 Member Since 2003
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    "Disappointed Pratchett fan"

    I found this book to be tedious and overwrought with cute observations and flights of fancy that didn't really advance the story, which is unfortunately thin on substance. I'm a Pratchett fan and in general I really enjoy the Disc World series. This book just isn't up to the standards of his others. I found it tiresome to the point that I'm going to take a break from Pratchett fare for awhile.

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    Kelly Sattler 07-18-16
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    "So so"

    The book has 4 parts. The first is interesting. The second drags. The third was ok. The fourth was decent and tied it all up. Not my favorite but there are some good characters in it.

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    Aye-Htun San Jose, CA, United States 11-30-15
    Aye-Htun San Jose, CA, United States 11-30-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent Story Plot."
    Where does Pyramids rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the funniest Pratchett's books


    What other book might you compare Pyramids to and why?


    Which character – as performed by Nigel Planer – was your favorite?

    You Bastard will have to rolling on your stomach


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

    Nearly cause an accident in the traffic


    Any additional comments?

    Read it!

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    Amazon Customer San Antonio, TX, United States 10-23-15
    Amazon Customer San Antonio, TX, United States 10-23-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Delightful tale from Sir T. Pratchett."

    A delightful listen. Nigel Planer puts it in the upper 90 with his reading of Pyramids. I will never look at camels, pyramids, or Egyptian history with a straight face again. Great quotes. Thought provoking observation seasoned with humor. My only reservation comes from what felt like a bit of a slow start and wish for a tad more story related to the Assassins Guild. Perhaps it is not quite fair to rate this after just finishing Wyrd Sisters. Regardless, I will read/listen again for sure.

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    Troy Australia 03-10-15
    Troy Australia 03-10-15
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    "Pyramids"

    There is nothing else needed to be said other than Terry Pratchett... Pyramids is a very funny volume of the Diskworld series. Nigel Planer's reading enhances the experience.

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