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Small Gods: Discworld #13 | [Terry Pratchett]

Small Gods: Discworld #13

Brutha is the Chosen One. His god has spoken to him, admittedly while currently in the shape of a tortoise. 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.
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Brutha is the Chosen One. His god has spoken to him, admittedly while currently in the shape of a tortoise.

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...

Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards.

©1992 Terry Pratchett and Lynn Pratchett; (P)1997 ISIS Publishing Ltd.

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    Brian Placerville, CA, United States 08-30-14
    Brian Placerville, CA, United States 08-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent Stand Alone Discworld Novel!"

    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.

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    christine 06-19-14
    christine 06-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    "My favorite Discworld Book!"
    Where does Small Gods rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Small Gods?

    The hilarious curses of the little tortoise


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    John Skaneateles, NY, United States 05-01-14
    John Skaneateles, NY, United States 05-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Brilliant!"

    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.

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    Bryan Monument, CO, United States 10-30-13
    Bryan Monument, CO, United States 10-30-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Belief and Its Consequences"

    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

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    Christina 12-19-12
    Christina 12-19-12 Member Since 2005
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    "You Just Might Learn something"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Small Gods to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Small Gods to and why?

    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.


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

    Hard to choose just one. I did especially enjoy his Didactus, but he does them all justice.


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

    Is the world round, or isn't it?


    Any additional comments?

    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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    Melissa J. Macourek tacoma 11-25-12
    Melissa J. Macourek tacoma 11-25-12 Member Since 2014

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    "I never get tired of this reading or story"
    What made the experience of listening to Small Gods the most enjoyable?

    The narrator is excellent, and the author's lanugage is delightful. I first checked this book out from the library many years ago on audio tape! I missed it when tapes no longer were realistic. Having a digital copy of this rocks.


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    Ted PARK CITY, UT, United States 10-30-12
    Ted PARK CITY, UT, United States 10-30-12 Member Since 2000

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    "Bad Audio Quality, as w/other Discworld Audiobooks"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes. If I were audible, I'd remaster the original audio to clean out the dull sound quality. Nigel Planer is too good a narrator to waste on poor audio quality.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Terry Pratchett? Why or why not?

    Yes, but I seldom get them because so many have the same audio problem.


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

    Planer *is* the characters he portrays. (I was pleased to see that the BBC cast him in their adaptations of Pratchett's books. I hope it was because of his role in helping create the feeling of Pratchett's Discworld.)


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    Blain 08-14-12
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    "By far one of my favorite Discworld books."
    Where does Small Gods rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 20


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Small Gods?

    I loved the whole book


    What about Nigel Planer’s performance did you like?

    I love that I can recognize his characters from book to book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    no


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    John St. Peters, MO, United States 05-14-12
    John St. Peters, MO, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Pratchet at his drolest"
    Would you listen to Small Gods again? Why?

    I have read Small Gods several times. I would listen, again, just as I may read it again.


    What other book might you compare Small Gods to and why?

    Pyramids by Terry Pratchett. His most popular books take place in Ankh-Morpork, but these "stand-alones" are little gems that really show his power as an author.


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

    I like Nigel Planer's Discworld. To me, he is to Discworld what Jim Dale is to Harry Potter. He hits the right tone and sounds like what I thought the characters should sound like. I read all the books before every listening to any, and was very pleased with Planer.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Nothing particular. The whole book is great and Brother is a perfect character.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my favorite Pratchett book.

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    Edward Exton, PA, United States 05-03-12
    Edward Exton, PA, United States 05-03-12 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "OK but not Pratchhett's Best"

    OK but not Pratchhett's best. However, I must admit to chortling every time I heard, "there's good eatin' on one those."

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