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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"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
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.
"Pratchett at his best"
Its up in the top ten
The best of Disc World
Yes, they are always good
The ending was very sweet
"Another brilliant Discworld romp"
Great story and a very good performance. If you love Pratchett you will love Unseen Academicals
"Another entertaining Discworld novel"
Not up there amongst the best Discworld novels I've read but adequately entertaining.
My favourites are Guards! Guards! and Men At Arms.
"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.
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