Brutha is a simple lad. He can't read. He can't write. He's pretty good at growing melons. And his wants are few.
He wants to overthrow a huge and corrupt church. He wants to prevent a horribly holy war. He wants to stop the persecution of a philosopher who has dared to suggest that, contrary to the Church's dogma, the Discworld really does go through space on the back of an enormous turtle. (Which is true, but when has that ever mattered?) He wants peace and justice and brotherly love. He wants the Inquisition to stop torturing him now, please.
But most of all, what he really wants, more than anything else, is for his god to choose someone else...
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©1992 Terry Pratchett and Lynn Pratchett; (P)1997 ISIS Publishing Ltd.
"Pratchett is the funniest parodist working in the field today, period." (The New York Review of Science Fiction)
"Terry Pratchett is simply the best humorous writer of the 20th century. Wodehouse, Waugh, Sharpe, etc. all have their merits, sometimes considerable, but Pratchett really is a cut above the rest." (Oxford Times)
Sir Terry never disappoints. Small Gods is one of his strongest books, cuttingly witty, strong story, beautifully paced. Nigel does his usual amazing job. This is a very good book to get started on the Discworld.
Small Gods is very entertaining and has some thoughtful insights. Great characters and lots of human reflection. Discworld at its finest!
I've read many of Pratchett's books, but hadn't gotten to this one. I thought it was great! Super fun, well narrated, and so detailed that I know I'll get more out of it upon another listen (or two). Nigel Planer is one of the best narrators, in my opinion, and absolutely perfect for Pratchett's books. Great pacing, too.
Other fairly standalone Discworld novels, like Unseen Academicals. Terry has his own niche and there's nothing quite like it!
Absolutely amazing voices! All of them sound so natural and, most importantly, hi-frickin-larious. He really brings the fun to these books, beyond even the writing. I also love his pacing, which I feel is quick and natural. So many audiobooks feel like they drag a bit, where as he narrates at the speed of conversation.
Great Narration, Nigel Planer does a Great job with one of my favorite Discworld novels. Great story, I love Pratchett's version of the Inquisition and the God Om is too Funny!. This is a stand alone novel, You don't have to have read any of the other books to enjoy this great book. Awesome Satire and great humor, the hallmarks of most all of Terry Pratchett's books.
This is probably my most favorite Discworld novel. It is kinda a stand alone novel, not the usual characters, but the story is awesome! It's a commentary on institutional religion vs. true belief. The evolution of the characters is humorous (as always) but also insightful into a person's questioning of morals & spirituality.
The hilarious curses of the little tortoise
Pratchett is a genius. You really have to concentrate when listening to get all the satire, comedy bits, and witticisms. There is so much packed in there it can whiz right by you.
Small Gods is a stand alone book in the series and would be a great starting point for anyone who wants to get into the expansive discworld series.
Nigel Planer does a masterful narration as always. The variety of colorful british character accents makes this better in audiobook format than written.
Brutha is a novitiate - the lowest of the low - in the citadel of the Great God Om. There are tens of thousands in the citadel and millions in the empire, but Brutha is also the only person in all these throngs who actually believes in Om. There are deacons, and preists, and bishops, and archbishops, and iams, and even the Cenobiarch - but when the God Om appears in physical form he can only find that he has one believer.
The fact that the Great God Om (Sign of the Holy Horns) appears as a one-eyed tortoise who is literally dropped into the citadel by an eagle is very confusing to everyone including Brutha. However, as Brutha is the only one who can hear Om, his internal dialogues with his god reflect against the actions of Om's supposed believers.
The conflict between belief and non-belief are highlighted in many humorous and interesting ways in this wonderful and fast-moving story. In many ways I believe this might be the best of the Discworld novels - Terry Pratchett at the height of his powers. It is certainly the most angry of the Discworld stories. There is something almost inevitable about English novelists and their hostility to organized religion and Christianity especially. But, Mr. Pratchett uses the substitution of Om worship to make his criticisms of religion still valid without completely alienating everyone.
This is one of the "must have" Discworld stories that should be in your library. And as always, Nigel Planer's narration is a perfect grace note which makes listening to this audiobook a wonderful experience
I'm a great reader so I never consider the audio to be better, but I will say that I think it does justice to the book.
Good Omens. Nation. What they have in common with Small Gods is Pratchett's take on modern culture, the way he turns things on their heads and makes you look at things differently.
Hard to choose just one. I did especially enjoy his Didactus, but he does them all justice.
Is the world round, or isn't it?
This book is chock full of all the delightful things Pratchett brings to any story: quirky characters that are somehow so much like people you know and a slyly irreverant but never cruel humor being just two of them. Pratchett isn't just a fantasy author, he's a brilliant satirist who uses the fantasy genre to poke fun at the way we see the world. He makes you think.
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