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 forever. Because the thing about footballï¿¿ï¿¿ï¿¿the important thing about football - is that it is not just about football.
Here we go! Here we go! Here we go!
©2009 Terry and Lyn Pratchett; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers
"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)
Terry Pratchett is my favorite author of all time, and Unseen Academicals is one of my favourite books about the Disc. This was not the case, however, before I heard Stephen Briggs' performance. This books was meant to be read aloud by THIS performer. Every voice is distinct and exactly how I heard it when I read the book. Not only can Briggs' perform vocal pitches but he also created individual dialects and nuances that are amazingly realistic, even female voices.
There are only two narrators and authors I will listen to multiple times: Terry Pratchett read by Stephen Briggs and Richard Parks read by Brian Niishi. Outstanding.
What's not to like
Perhaps the "football" match. But as always - so many laughs.
He really understands the spirit behind the discworld
Not you're husbands ball game - better!
Sir Terry Pratchett's unique combination of fantasy and satire is unmatched.
Humorous and playful... morally astute!Briggs' performance... excellent as always!
Though not Sir Terry's best work, it is still worth buying & listening to over and over.
I will listen to everything Terry Pratchett wrote, when narrated by Stephen Briggs!
I loved this book and I'm not sure why. maybe because I've had Andy's in my life and wish them the same.
To know that if you do your best you have worth.
Regardless a great over and over again. Buy this book.
I am a professional driver and therefore spend a lot of time on the road. Audible has been a great source of entertainment for me.
A lovely tale in which you meet Mr Nutt. A strange fellow who dribbles candles. Soccer and wizardly hijinks abound in this laughable tale as Vetinari tries to clean up street soccer.
Delightful as ever. A master wordsmith and storyteller. Briggs' performance is spot on. Highly recommended for anyone with an appreciation of the English language.
I have listened to this story five times at least. I am always amazed at the adroit way the author highlights the best and worst of human society w/o beating us over the head with it. One of my go to audiobooks
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