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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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  • Kelley
    Leeds, United Kingdom
    4/9/13
    Overall
    "Another Fatastic(al) Fiction"

    Another fantastic and fantastical book in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. All of his characters are so rich and memorable and his balance between merriment and message is just right. Add to this the wonderful narrating skills of Stephen Briggs, and it would be hard to find anything to dislike. I find myself listening to many books in this series again and again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ria Saakshi
    England
    4/7/13
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    "Fabulously Read Pratchett Tale Spinning"

    If you have read the book before and have sounds and images in your head this reading is not (like some) very jarring with your already imagined voices and personas. Briggs has a very soothing tone, especially for the main character and whilst not lacking in character its also quite neutral. Indeed I have struggled to listen to some things I have read before so strong was my internal view of the book - but this is one of the most comfortable listens I have come across in a long time.



    If you have never read the book, but read Pratchett before - its a good solid Pratchett Novel. Having read and listened to most of the Pratchett Novels you can tell the story struggles a little in places... but that is hardly noticeable as when he hits his stride he really hits his stride. Still I think for all I thoroughly enjoyed it, its not going to be anyone's favourite Pratchett Novel, but that is more due to the fact there is stiff competition and the characters are possibly not as strong as some of his previous characters.



    If you have never heard or read a Pratchett Novel the joy of a Pratchett Novel is in the mixing of humour with finely crafted tales that now approach something more of a fairy tale in that they take serious real world issues and re imagine them in a way that gives you a very different view of the imagined world and the real world. Would I start my journey here? Probably not... go listen to some other books first - the early city based books especially, but earmark this and come back when you have.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mike
    Todmorden, United Kingdom
    1/7/13
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    "Read this, if you're hard enough!"

    As usual, Pratchett's work is laced with wit and a occasional moments of emotional thuggery, catching you unaware and then casually rifling through your heart for memories that you thought were only for you. If you understand the Beautiful Game, and it's not the one where people kick a ball around, then this story will give you some joy as well as sadness, tinged with an uneasy moment or two when you have to ask yourself if you're a bigot.



    That's good. Because, if you can say no, you can read the rest of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    PETERBOROUGH, United Kingdom
    10/27/12
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    "Pratchett always makes me laugh"

    A great parody of life, education and sport as the social classes clash, bicker and rise above it all...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    Colchester, United Kingdom
    7/28/12
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    "Wizards and Football........."

    Yet another fantastic Discworld novel, my best so far. I personaly love the fact you always get at least one familiar charachter along with all the new wierd and wonderful new ones. Stephen Briggs narrated this to perfection, capturing each charachters personality in his voice. Laughted out load many times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ben
    Waterlooville, United Kingdom
    5/1/12
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    "Mr Pratchett Strikes Again"

    Satire and genius once again combine to make a tale that is not only wonderful to read but eccentric to ears past his own years. Sir Terry will never fail to satisfy his fans and will bring joy to those that discover him for century's to come. I feel blessed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pepito
    BarkingUnited Kingdom
    3/15/11
    Overall
    "Classic Pratchett"

    If you like Pratchett's style and sense of humour, then you are in for a treat!!! Sharp and ingenious as always, Unseen Academicals can make you laugh your head off. Suitable for all ages it fuses the magical Discworld with the football we all know and love. The wizards of Unseen University from Ank Morpork (city of cities lol) are 'persuaded' to play a game of 'foot the ball', which it turns out to be pretty much ManU vs L'pool, you pick which one is which ;)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    craigellachie, banff Scotland
    2/13/11
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    "narrator"

    This is a brilliant version of a book by the master, and even better that it is read by Stephen Briggs not Tony Robinson as it says on the image. Had me in stitches.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Andy
    TOTNES, United Kingdom
    1/12/11
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    "Unseen Academicals"

    It was fun but not Terry's best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cheryl
    chichester, west sussex, United Kingdom
    10/1/10
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    "Uncontrollable laughter! Every time!"

    Yet another hilarious, imaginative book by Pratchett he is an absolute genius. I would recommend this book to anyone! I love the way he can take things going on in the real world and twist them in his own special way to create a masterpiece in the Discworld! Definitely a must have book, Awesome!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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