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Pyramids Audiobook

Pyramids: Discworld #7

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.
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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.

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"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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    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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    Shauna 06-18-12
    Shauna 06-18-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Engaging and Witty"
    Would you listen to Pyramids again? Why?

    Absolutely. The narration is stellar. Nigel Planer certainly has a way of delivering Pratchett's clever prose in a way that brings the story to life. I cannot recommend it enough.


    What other book might you compare Pyramids to and why?

    I would say that many of the Discworld books, this one included, remind me of a more humorous Neil Gaiman story such as Anansi Boys or American Gods - references to mythology and cultural heritages are more thinly veiled but painted in a comical way.


    Have you listened to any of Nigel Planer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. Planer has narrated almost all of Pratchett's Discworld series and this one is just as excellent as all the rest.


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

    I definitely laughed quite a few times out loud in my car.


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    Mark C Flynn 03-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Terry Pratchett is hilarious"

    All of the disk world stories are fun. I liked the additional insight into the assasin's guild. I would love to have a list of all the character's names in the disk world... I think this had a little bit better love story then most... Not that that is critical to the story,but it adds additional depth. As i am writing this review, I can' remember a lot of the details of the story,but I remember liking it... That may give you some insight into what kind of story this is. Fun interesting fluff.

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    Julia L. Scott 12-06-11

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    "Pratchett is always a treat"
    Where does Pyramids rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Not my favorite Pratchett but who cares any time I listen or read his work I not only smile but think.


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    April Everett, WA, United States 05-26-11
    April Everett, WA, United States 05-26-11 Member Since 2003
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    "Fun funnier funnest"

    Simply brilliant. The jokes, puns, word play, and intelligent idea skirmishes were so fast and furious I could barely keep up. I loved it. I think it's one of the best. I really loved the camels and the names they have by custom. Hilarious. Forget the arguing about whether it's four stars or five, or if the fabulous irony is post modern, sit back and have fun listening.

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    Blain 05-16-12
    Blain 05-16-12
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    "A fun Listen"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    We are all a bite odd and enjoy this type of humor


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hard to say


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

    I love books but HATE to read so Nigel Planner lets me experience the entire book.


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

    It is your daddy's old kingdom.


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    D. Vickery 05-01-07
    D. Vickery 05-01-07
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    "Fantastic"

    Of course, that's an easy review to write. Pratchett takes all of human history and mushes it together in this crazy place called imagination. Sit back and enjoy the ride.

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