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Nation | [Terry Pratchett]

Nation

Finding himself alone on a desert island when everything and everyone he knows and loved has been washed away in a huge storm, Mau is the last surviving member of his nation. He's also completely alone - or so he thinks until he finds the ghost girl. She has no toes, wears strange lacy trousers like the grandfather bird and gives him a stick which can make fire. Daphne, sole survivor of the wreck of the Sweet Judy, almost immediately regrets trying to shoot the native boy.
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Finding himself alone on a desert island when everything and everyone he knows and loved has been washed away in a huge storm, Mau is the last surviving member of his nation. He's also completely alone - or so he thinks until he finds the ghost girl. She has no toes, wears strange lacy trousers like the grandfather bird and gives him a stick that can make fire.

Daphne, sole survivor of the wreck of the Sweet Judy, almost immediately regrets trying to shoot the native boy. Thank goodness the powder was wet and the gun only produced a spark. She's certain her father, distant cousin of the Royal family, will come and rescue her, but it seems, for now, all she has for company is the boy and the foul-mouthed ship's parrot.

As it happens, they are not alone for long. Other survivors start to arrive to take refuge on the island they all call the Nation, and then raiders accompanied by murderous mutineers from the Sweet Judy. Together, Mau and Daphne discover some remarkable things - including how to milk a pig and why spitting in beer is a good thing - and start to forge a new Nation.

As can be expected from Terry Pratchett, the master story-teller, this new children's novel is both witty and wise, encompassing themes of death and nationhood, while being extremely funny. Mau's ancestors have something to teach us all. Mau just wishes they would shut up about it and let him get on with saving everyone's lives!

©2008 Terry and Lyn Pratchett (P)2009 ISIS Publishing

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    Christina 12-11-12
    Christina 12-11-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Best Book Ever"
    What made the experience of listening to Nation the most enjoyable?

    In Nation, Pratchett dispenses with his usual Disc World plots and give us instead a This World plot from our not very distant past with, of course, a typical Pratchett-esque twist. Taking history on a slightly different course to emphasize a point, Pratchett does that which he does so very well - makes us look at ourselves a little differently. He does so with a great deal of wit and humor, giving us heroes and heroines to root for, and a cadre of supporting characters to completely charm us. And just maybe, if we aren't careful, we might end up learning something.

    Read most excellently by Stephen Briggs, this is an audiobook for anyone who likes a good adventure yarn.


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

    Briggs does an excellent job of narrating. It's clear that he is enjoying the story just as much as the listener, and he really brings all the characters to life. It's like listening to the best ever bedtime story-teller.


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

    Mau's epiphany on the water, when he realizes that however flawed the gods of his world have proven to be, they serve a purpose.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    eric 02-10-15
    eric 02-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Story, Great Performance"
    Any additional comments?

    I'm a big fan of Terry Pratchett. This book has a great story and I really loved it, even though it isn't really similar to Discworld. I suppose it's more in line with Dodger (also a must read-listen).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Mau
    St Bees, Cumbria, United Kingdom
    4/12/11
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    "Great from beginning to end"

    For some reason, even though I am a big TP fan, this book never interested me when it was first released. DemonBoy was I wrong! It is engaging from the beginning, parts will have you laughing out loud and then sobbing. Although it seems to be a 'one off' series, the characters are well developed and in no time you feel that you have known them all your life. Don't put it off as I did, get this today

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. J. Mullins
    UK
    4/7/11
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    "Wonderful."

    Wonderful story. Really delicate and heart rending at times but with Terry Pratchett's classic quirks.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • MS
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    "Just beautiful."

    Quite remarkable.
    Just a simple book, cleverly written, about how simply clever some humans are - while others are not.

    Thank you.

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  • Tobylish
    4/11/15
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    "If only"

    A gentle story with a hard core. Wish I lived in that world and that island . Missing you Terry Pratchett.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Myre
    3/30/15
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    "fantastic!"

    loved it. One of my all time favourite books. everyone should read/ listen to it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Madeleine Green
    2/27/15
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    "Surpassed even the usual genius of Terry Pratchett"

    A wonderful book, evocatively read by Stephen Briggs. As with many Pratchett books I would have enjoyed it as a child but as an adult it reached me in a different way. I was sad to reach the end of the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bento_Chic1994
    1/16/15
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    "love this"

    you must read/listen. to this book. it's funny, toching,thought provokeing and Terry Pratchett's usual brand of brilliance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ZoeMbubbles
    UK
    12/8/14
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    "Captivating, a read and re-read."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, most defiantly. Nation is a captivating read that addresses a number of concepts without you even realising it half of the time. The serious moments are well developed and just as engrossing as the lighter hearted ones that stop the story from being overly serious. Pratchett develops characters and story's well and his writing style is just wonderful. A must read for Pratchett lovers and a highly recommended read for anyone.


    What other book might you compare Nation to, and why?

    I'm sure I have read books that are similar but none come to mind. If I had to compare it to familiar stories I guess I would say it was Pocahontas meeting Life of Pi, in elements but also in no way at all.


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

    This story did both.. Well almost. I defiantly laughed and felt sad. I shouted in indignation at my MP3 player. I didn't cry, I was on public transport most of the time I was listening but I must admit there was a moment I fought hard to contain it.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A. Crawford
    Maidstone, UK
    3/18/14
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    "A clever book"

    I liked this so much I listened to it twice over, straight after each other. Some of the phrases are fantastic, e.g Trouser Men. You'll have to listen to it to understand. Get it today!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Great story"

    A great story well put together and nicely narrated. Not a Disc World novel but has the humour and observation of people that we appreciate in Terry Pratchett's writing

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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