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The Globe Audiobook

The Globe: The Science of Discworld II: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Roundworld, aka Earth, is under siege. Are three wizards and an orangutan Librarian enough to thwart the Elvish threat?

When the wizards of Unseen University first created Roundworld, they were so concerned with discovering the rules of this new universe that they overlooked its inhabitants entirely. Now, they have noticed humanity. And humanity has company. Arriving in Roundworld, the wizards find the situation is even worse than they'd expected. Under the elves' influence, humans are superstitious, fearful, and fruitlessly trying to work magic in a world ruled by logic. Ridcully, Rincewind, Ponder Stibbons, and the orangutan Librarian must travel through time to get humanity back on track and out of the dark ages.

The Globe goes beyond science to explore the development of the human mind. Terry Pratchett and his acclaimed co-authors Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen combine the tale of the wizards rewriting human history with discussions of the origins and evolution of culture, language, art, and science, offering a fascinating and brilliantly original view of the world we live in.

©2015 Terry Pratchett (P)2014 Random House Audio

What the Critics Say

"For Pratchett and Discworld devotees the volume is, of course, compulsory reading, but even science buffs who would normally eschew anything resembling fantasy will find much here to pique their interests.... The book adds another whimsical episode to Discworld lore and contrasts the magical 'rules' of Pratchett’s realm with the human world’s more logic-oriented science." (Booklist)

"The hard science is as gripping as the fiction." (The Times (London))

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    G. Fischer VA, USA 03-31-15
    G. Fischer VA, USA 03-31-15

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    "Sneaky Science"

    If you expected just another Diskworld novel, you've come to the wrong place.
    The actual story is slim and the Diskworld bits are short.
    If you can see past that, you get treated to simple to understand science facts, read so that you will have no problems following along.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C. Bettencourt San Jose, CA USA 03-31-15
    C. Bettencourt San Jose, CA USA 03-31-15

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    "Terry mixes with the best sciences"

    It is sciences they way you wish they had taught it in the real world!!! mixed with Terry at his best!!

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    Ben Phillips Bend, Oregon 03-18-15
    Ben Phillips Bend, Oregon 03-18-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Lots of good thinking!"

    I didn't realize I would learn something listening to this book, but I did. Philosophy and Science contrasted with magic...

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    Aaron CLEVELAND, OH, United States 06-13-15
    Aaron CLEVELAND, OH, United States 06-13-15 Member Since 2016
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    "An instructive and wonderful story"

    I thought this was a great continuation of round world through a mixture of scientific explanation and fictional story telling. It brings new perspective to the possible existence of narrativium in all worlds...or at least ours and Discworld.

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    s. addy 04-06-15
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    "Not his best."

    The story bits were typical Pratchett genius. Each in between chapter was a slog of science and philosophy.

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    J. A. Stewart Columbus, OH United States 03-07-15
    J. A. Stewart Columbus, OH United States 03-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "The anthropology in the nonfictions parts are out"

    The fiction parts of the book were great.

    I wonder about the accuracy of the other nonfiction sections, though. Still, if I approach them as stories for children, they were well written and narrated.

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    Sandra 07-18-15
    Sandra 07-18-15 Member Since 2016

    Blind listener reading everything, especially sf&f & mystery/thrillers, restricted to audio so picky where credits are spent #BooksRule

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    "So disappointing"

    I love Tp, but I couldn't get through this one... The story could have been much better w/o all the back and forth between story and science footnotes... The odd numbered chapters had some entertaining qualities, but kept being interrupted by the even numbered chapters and their hyperboice and prolixly imagined science/philosophy meanderings... I returned this one w/o finishing... It was very distracting and easy to put down, and I don't put down good books...

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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