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Unseen Academicals: Discworld, Book 37 | [Terry Pratchett]

Unseen Academicals: Discworld, Book 37

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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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  • Gareth
    7/20/15
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    "I listened to this whenever I could"

    I liked the different voices from the reader.

    It is a shame the author is not here to write about a disk world version of the NHS

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • alimor
    5/29/15
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    "Enjoyed this better second time of reading"

    I read this when it first came out in paperback and didn't remember that much about it. Football isn't my thing so it isn't one I've been inclined to read again, however it came up through my book group so I took the plunge. Great book, aside from the football, I'd love to find out what happened to Nutt & Glenda *sad face*

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    UK
    5/26/15
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    "Great"

    Pratchett at his best. Shame only one more novel to come. perhaps his short stories will appear on Audible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rachel
    Farnham, United Kingdom
    5/9/15
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    "Amazing"

    I love this edition of unseen acaemicals

    The voices and flowing sound are wonderful, clear as crystal audio 😍 love it 😸😸😸😺😸😸😸😺😸😸😸😺😸😸😸😺😸😸😸😺

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    10/29/14
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    "Origins of football"
    Where does Unseen Academicals rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    7th


    What did you like best about this story?

    the juxtaposition of the reluctant secondary heroes skillset against the blossoming model industry and his struggle to resist the peer pressure that ultimately caused the previous downfall of his father


    What does Stephen Briggs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Stephen Briggs is an excellent narrator/reader/actor (what do you call someone who reads audio books?) he manages to sound like he is telling the story rather than being a pompous shakespearian actor who is anouncing every word as if reading a voicover for a film trailer (as can often be the case).


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    yes - but I'm not going to say what it was...spoilers you know :)


    Any additional comments?

    an excellent Pratchettification of the origins of football and there's even a love interest

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mark h
    9/29/14
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    "Foot the ball game for the masses"
    Where does Unseen Academicals rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a continuation of the Pratchett franchise on a footballing theme. The standard is excellent with narration by Stephen Briggs


    What other book might you compare Unseen Academicals to, and why?

    Any of the disc world novels


    What about Stephen Briggs’s performance did you like?

    His accents


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

    Laugh at the one liners or the double entendre equally funny


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Joan
    Co Wicklow, Ireland
    9/22/14
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    "Classic Pratchett"
    What did you like most about Unseen Academicals?

    Catches the absurdity of sport fanatics whilst at the same time illuminating the bias and prejudice that people exhibit .
    Pratchett never fails to highlight ridiculous behavior, but he does so in the gentle humorous fashion that defines all his stories. Brilliant.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • CreativeSoulSOT
    9/5/14
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    "Pratchett at his best"
    Where does Unseen Academicals rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its up in the top ten


    What other book might you compare Unseen Academicals to, and why?

    The best of Disc World


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Briggs’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Yes, they are always good


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending was very sweet


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • OB1Tom
    London
    8/6/14
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    "Another brilliant Discworld romp"
    Any additional comments?

    Great story and a very good performance. If you love Pratchett you will love Unseen Academicals

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • david
    BRISTOL, United Kingdom
    2/6/14
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    "Another entertaining Discworld novel"
    Would you listen to Unseen Academicals again? Why?

    Not up there amongst the best Discworld novels I've read but adequately entertaining.
    My favourites are Guards! Guards! and Men At Arms.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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