Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork - not the old fashioned, grubby pushing and shoving, but the new, fast football with pointy hats for goalposts and balls that go gloing when you drop them. And now, the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood for trying everything else.
The prospect of the Big Match draws in a street urchin with a wonderful talent for kicking a tin can, a maker of jolly good pies, a dim but beautiful young woman, who might just turn out to be the greatest fashion model there has ever been, and the mysterious Mr Nutt (and no one knows anything much about Mr Nutt, not even Mr Nutt, which worries him, too. As the match approaches, four lives are entangled and changed for ever.
Because the thing about football - the important thing about football - is that it is not just about football.
©2009 Terry and Lyn Pratechett; (P)2009 Random House Audio
"At its heart, this is an intelligent, cheeky love letter to football, its fans and the unifying power of sports." (Publishers Weekly)
"In short, this is as busy and as daft as any other Discworld yarn, which means it is the quintessence of daft. Nobody writes fantasy funnier than Pratchett." (Booklist)
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Well up to standard. Having seen the scrummage of the Ashbourne Football it rings very true!
"Suprising amount of mild swearing but great story"
I suppose when I read Pratchett I must skip over the swearing (mild though the words used are) and my eyes did widen slightly with this book. We had it on in the car with my 8 and 10 year old boys - wizards and football I though, should be fine - but it soon became apparent that they might learn a few extra naughty words...
They loved the story so much though that we just made them promise not to repeat any of the swear words at school.
"Funny, clever, insightful, PRATCHETT!!!"
How does he do it? Every sentence has depth and he's written so much without repeating himself.
Insight on governance, class, education, racism and even football. And the story is gripping!
Very well read as well!
"wonderful humour & performance"
witty clever humour with a dark undertone. it's the 3rd time I listen, and I am looking forward to the next
Just wow. That's all I have to say. My favourite TP book and I've read a lot.
"She who knows nothing of 'the great game'"
.......VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION...... the above star ratings WILL change, as I HAVE NOT YET READ THE BOOK.... Although VERY excited to see how the sharp and playful mind of TP takes football to the disc....🤔
"Curiouser and curiouser grew...Githa Ogg'. 😜
Page 1.......breath is fully baited.......
Unusually from a review I have NOT yet read/listened to the book, secondly I know very little about football but enjoy watching a 'good game' and all the blokes in the pub shouting at what seems like everyone; the ref/linesmen, 'aw ref. Com'on!', their team if they miss a goal, "I could've got that in", the other team if they get one in, "ah, Can't believe he missed that one" & and when players blatantly try to treat, get caught by the ref. then turn at look in utter disbelief, 'I DON'T know what I did wrong? Hands up, raised brows & total fake shock all over their faces.' Honest mate , was that really not allowed'. I'm just surprised that there aren't more fire related injuries on the pitch from that growing epidemic of L.L.P.O.F,!!! Currently running rampant with PM's across the globe and celebrities EVERYWHERE!!!
So here goes...enlighten me, oh great and wonderful Pratchett , that makes words twist and contort, like you would after eating one of Dibblers Pies ...... I'll post another later👍🏼
"They Think It's All Over - wish it wasn't !"
This is the second audio book I've listened to by Terry Pratchett after reading all the others - again he has created characters who I want to know more about in a world that now feels so familiar - We need a wizard experienced in post-mortem communications.
It would have been easy, and I for one wouldn't have blamed him, to stick to characters he knew considering his illness ( they would have been loved too ) but he has developed his new characters with love and affection.
This is also the second read by Mr Briggs. The only problem I have is the voices he creates are different to those I created in my head. But I cannot fault him for this. He obviously enjoys what he is reading and you can hear the humour in his voice and for me it brings the story alive.
Football as seen by Terry Pratchett, with a team of wizards trained by an orc.
On of the funniest discworld books, where most of the best known characters make cameos. As usual Stephen Briggs gives life to Sir Terry's creations.
Maybe its just that I can see parts of myself in both Glenda and Nutt or just the soothing talent of Briggs who brings each character to vivid life with this voicing but Unseen Academicals is my no.1 audio-book. Its one I have to be careful not to listen to too many times for fear of getting tired of it. If I was to only be allowed to have one audio-book for the rest of my life (surely as some sort of heavy penance) Unseen Academicals would be it.
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