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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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.
"wonderful disc world at it's best"
Terry prattchet is a wonderful writer
anke morepork a great city
Glenda cooks great pies
You can't go wrong
"Brilliant as ever"
I love listening to Stephen Briggs reading, he really brings the characters alive to me.
This is another great PTerry book, so sad that we will not be getting more.
"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
"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*
Pratchett at his best. Shame only one more novel to come. perhaps his short stories will appear on Audible.
I love this edition of unseen acaemicals
The voices and flowing sound are wonderful, clear as crystal audio 😍 love it 😸😸😸😺😸😸😸😺😸😸😸😺😸😸😸😺😸😸😸😺
"Origins of football"
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
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).
yes - but I'm not going to say what it was...spoilers you know :)
an excellent Pratchettification of the origins of football and there's even a love interest
"Foot the ball game for the masses"
This is a continuation of the Pratchett franchise on a footballing theme. The standard is excellent with narration by Stephen Briggs
Any of the disc world novels
Laugh at the one liners or the double entendre equally funny
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