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The Folklore of Discworld | [Terry Pratchett, Jacqueline Simpson]

The Folklore of Discworld

Most of us grow up having always known to touch wood or cross our fingers, and what happens when a princess kisses a frog or a boy pulls a sword from a stone, yet sadly, some of these things are now beginning to be forgotten. Legends, myths, and fairy tales: our world is made up of the stories we told ourselves about where we came from and how we got there. It is the same on Discworld, except that beings which on Earth are creatures of the imagination - like vampires, trolls, witches, and possibly, gods - are real, alive and in some cases kicking on the Disc.
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Most of us grow up having always known to touch wood or cross our fingers, and what happens when a princess kisses a frog or a boy pulls a sword from a stone, yet sadly, some of these things are now beginning to be forgotten. Legends, myths, and fairy tales: our world is made up of the stories we told ourselves about where we came from and how we got there. It is the same on Discworld, except that beings which on Earth are creatures of the imagination - like vampires, trolls, witches, and possibly, gods - are real, alive and in some cases kicking on the Disc.

In The Folklore of Discworld, Terry Pratchett teams up with leading British folklorist Jacqueline Simpson to take an irreverent yet illuminating look at the living myths and folklore that are reflected, celebrated, and affectionately libelled in the uniquely imaginative universe of Discworld.

©2008 Terry and Lyn Pratchett and Jacqueline Simpson (P)2012 Random House AudioGo

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, very interesting


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I clean house when listening, cleaned house REALLY well with this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Answered lots of "where DID he get that" questions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chance 04-05-13
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    "A lotta good folklore and behind the scenes"

    I have to give this book a good overall rating but low story grade because it is a sort of Best Of Album . Also if you are one of the few people who hasn't read anything it is chock full of spoilers. A good listen for a long drive.

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    michael poulsbo, WA, United States 03-18-13
    michael poulsbo, WA, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "for the pratchett addict."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would, but only to someone who has already read all the disc world books.


    What other book might you compare The Folklore of Discworld to and why?

    This book could easily be compared to any book on mythology or folkloric that gives an overall look into myth and mythology without giving large depths for the whole story..


    What about Michael Fenton Stevens’s performance did you like?

    A strong masculine voice, that you could fall asleep too.


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

    As a Pratchett addict this book helped me look into the mind of the author.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't know if I will listen to this book twice, but the once was an intellectual look into my favorite book series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffery GRANT CITY, MO, United States 02-19-13
    Jeffery GRANT CITY, MO, United States 02-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great insight into Sir Terry Pratchett's mind"
    What did you love best about The Folklore of Discworld?

    I liked the depth of the details given by Sir Terry Pratchett and Jacqueline Simpson. I have read most of Sir Terry Pratchett's books and I can honestly say that I did not make half of the connections that he included in his books. That is what makes his books great, you can read a book multiple times and peel an additional layer of the onion off of the great storyline.


    What other book might you compare The Folklore of Discworld to and why?

    Any of the other Discworld books.


    Have you listened to any of Michael Fenton Stevens’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first one that I have listened to.


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

    The new and old adages of Discworld and Earth


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Waynesville , MO, USA 01-31-13
    Lee Waynesville , MO, USA 01-31-13 Member Since 2005
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    "So sad."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I always look forward to a new Pratchett book. This one is much less than a good effort. It is a random collecton of parts of old Pratchett books stitiched together with stories from earth. To say that it has any narrative value at all would be an exaggeration. Of DODGER, this was a terrible disappointment. Would recommend it none.


    What could Terry Pratchett and Jacqueline Simpson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    They could have put the book into a narrative stream and at least made stories out of the folklore and myths of the Discworld.


    What does Michael Fenton Stevens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Nice narration, I would listen to other books he reads.


    What character would you cut from The Folklore of Discworld?

    All of the except Death.


    Any additional comments?

    Hope that this book does not indicate a trend in Terry Pratchett's work.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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