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.
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"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)
Definitely. I've yet to find a Terry Pratchett book I haven't loved, and would do anything I can do to expose others to how great the Discworld books are.
It deals with possibly controversial subject matter in a way that is very thought provoking, and exposes readers to different viewpoints.
This book made me laugh quite frequently. There are also a few bits which are quite sad
It's quite clearly still set in the Discworld universe, yet manages to feel quite different by featuring unique characters and settings. I believe it's also set in the past of the main Discworld books.
This is one of my favourite Discworld novels. Nigel Planer is EXCELLENT at different voices and accents and brings the whole story to life.
I am a huge fan of Discworld and am currently re-living them through audiobook. This was so much fun to listen to. Nigel Planer does a great job narrating. I am looking forward to listening to the rest of the series.
i found this perticular story to be quite confusing, but i admit that it might be because it took me a long time to get through the book and i only got to listen to it for short amounts of time at any given time so that might be why i had trouble following the story
i've read or listened to almost all of his books so indeed yes :)
Nigel has a good strong voice that i never get annoyed with or tired of listening to
no, but like i said, that might be due to real life making me unable to follow my usual listening habits
"Good content dated recording"
A good book but the audio track sounds old, it needs to be redone or cleaned up to improve the overall quality
An insightful novel which works on a lot of levels, it's an adventure story, a travelogue and a philosophical treatise on the nature of the Church as opposed to religious.
"Completely in love"
Completely in love with the master of wit and wisdom - so much wisdom played with so brilliantly. Listen and enjoy.
"terrible recording quality"
no - because the recording quality was appalling and very hard to put up with
when the main character plays chess with death
he gabbled and spoke far too fast so much of the writing was lost - the terrible recording quality didn't help the performance at all. The sound level fluctuates throughout
No - worked ok as a stand alone story
don't convert poor recordings to digital and offer on Audible - it reflects badly on your quality control [or lack of]
"One of my favourites so far"
Planer is an excellent narrator. The best of this series. One of my favourite Pratchett books so far!
"The Tortoise and Religion"
If you were a believer who new factually, would you still need to believe...? And if a philosopher invented did that make him an inventor and less of a philosopher...? And if the truth was true why did no- one believe...?
"Excellent as always"
I am already a Pratchett fan, and so expected to like this audiobook, but I enjoyed it so much that I listened to it twice in a row. I find that with the audiobook you notice small nuances which are swamped when I am reading
The turtle meeting the philosophers
Nigel Planers voice is clear and easy to listen to, giving good characterisation and without heavy accents which might be offputting to some.
"Sharp insightful wit - the work of a genius"
I think Terry Pratchett was a bona fide genius. Small Gods is full of profound wisdom and sharply insightful thinking underpinning great jokes and vivid characters. I guess as a standalone book it could be a good introduction for those unfamiliar with the Discworld series, although there're no characters in it I love quite as much as some of the witches or the guards of the other works (apart from Death, who is great), so start here then make sure to read more! I think Nigel Planer does a good job. This is one of the first audiobooks I've ever tried and, although it took me a while to get used to it, I really got into it. Definitely worth a listen - the overall conceit is pure genius and it's brilliantly executed.
"long winded, but good"
Still up to Pratchett's usual standard, but it felt like it dragged on a little.
I love this book, it is I think a perfect description of religion and how men twist and change the original thinking. It is my favourite Terry Pratchet. Highly recommended.
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