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The Last Continent: Discworld, Book 22 | [Terry Pratchett]

The Last Continent: Discworld, Book 22

It's hot. It's dry...very dry. There was this thing once called The Wet, which no one believes in. Practically everything that's not poisonous is venomous. But it's the best bloody place in the world, alright?
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Publisher's Summary

This is the Discworld's last continent, a completely separate creation.

It's hot. It's dry...very dry. There was this thing once called The Wet, which no one believes in. Practically everything that's not poisonous is venomous. But it's the best bloody place in the world, all right?

And it'll die in a few days, except....Who is this hero striding across the red desert? Champion sheep shearer, horse rider, road warrior, beer drinker, bush ranger, and someone who'll even eat a Meat Pie Floater when he's sober? A man in a hat whose luggage follows him on little legs, who's about to change history by preventing a swagman stealing a jumbuck by a billabong?

Yes...all this place has between itself and wind-blown doom is Rincewind, the inept wizard who can't even spell wizard. Still...no worries, eh?

Also, Terry Pratchett would like it to be known that The Last Continent is not a book about Australia. It's just vaguely Australian.

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©1998 Terry Pratchett and Lynn Pratchett; (P)1999 ISIS Publishing Ltd

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    Katherine 12-09-12
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    "Always enjoyable."

    If you love TP, you will thoroughly enjoy this rendition of The Last Continent. As Aussies, we doubly appreciate TP's salute to Vegemite and Waltzing Matilda, and smile wryly at Nigel Planer's attempts at an Aussie accent. Cheers Mate.

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    Simmons Brookton, Australia 12-01-12
    Simmons Brookton, Australia 12-01-12 Member Since 2010
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    Once again full of laughter out loud even on your own. Love Terry Pratchett's sense of humour and realistic view of the world. Make sure your sense of humour is open to the subtle bits. A total delight!

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    Ian 08-01-12
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    "Well performed, but story a bit try-hard in places"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    In general, there are plenty of laughs and digs, but this book trips up the formula - poke fun at things/ideas - and ends up trying too hard to make everyone else look silly. Mr Pratchett, in this book, proves to be a mixture of politically correct romantic on the one side, and ardent rationalist on the other. I've enjoyed his books till now, and hadn't noticed this tension before, but it definitely detracted from my enjoyment, to the point where I would feel like jumping forward in the recording, just to avoid his, once again, bludgeoning to death of some idea that he obviously doesn't like. It seems far from open-minded, and I'll probably think twice before I buy another of his more recent books.
    The performance is, as always, nicely done by Nigel Planer, who I could easily listen to for hours ... as I just did!


    Would you recommend The Last Continent to your friends? Why or why not?

    Probably not, though happily there are many other Pratchett books that I would recommend :)


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    Des perth, WA, Australia 07-11-10
    Des perth, WA, Australia 07-11-10
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    "Typical Pratchett"

    a good Pratchett book

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  • Rad Pro
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    4/7/13
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    "Pratchett at his funniest"

    As usual Terry manages to make me laugh whilst giving my brain a bit of a workout too. Worth re reading to pick up the aussie cultural references hidden in the text that I missed first time round. Nigel Planer isnt my favourite Pratchett narrator thats Tony Robinson, but ony Nigel does the unabridged readings. This is one of his better readings. Also features one of my favourite characters the librarian OOK!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Little Raven
    11/30/14
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    "It's all in the performance..."
    What did you like most about The Last Continent?

    Terry Pratchett is a known quantity. I'm a huge fan but must admit that his earlier works appeal to me more. As a fantasy fiction devotee I found his increasingly modern allegories and focus on social commentary dissipated the escapism somewhat. Nonetheless, 'The Last Continent' is more 'old school'. Of course, the subject matter helps a great deal. (Not) Australia is practically a fantasy kingdom as it is.

    However, for me, the real treasures here are the performers on Audible. Both Stephen Briggs and Nigel Planer are supreme. I've always enjoyed Tony Robinson's readings too but once you go unabridged, you can never go back. Being a child of the 80s and an avid 'Young Ones' fan I have a special affinity for Mr. Planer.

    Here, as always, his characterisations are perfect; his Australian accent is consistently accurate and Rincewind has just enough 'Neil' to bring fuzzy, warm waves of nostalgia flooding back. His pacing and timing are immaculate and his textual narration has just enough colour and modulation to keep the listener's full attention.

    In short, you buy the books to read Pratchett; you buy the audiobooks to experience him.


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  • Stu
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    "Not top Terry"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Only if a big Pratchett fan


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Ambivalent


    Did Nigel Planer do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    Yep, he's the ideal discworld narrator


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Just not great Terry Pratchett, a little bit "by the numbers" and the story was disjointed. Goodnarration though.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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