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Eric

Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
Series: Discworld, Book 9, Discworld: Rincewind, Book 4
Length: 3 hrs and 33 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,435 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

You've heard of Faust - this is Eric. There's a difference.

Eric is 14, lives on the famed and magical Discworld, and is the first ever demonology hacker. Fortunately, he doesn't succeed in raising any devils, but he does raise Rincewind (the most incompetent wizard in the universe) and the Luggage (the world's most dangerous travel accessory).

When Eric turns them loose on an unprotected world, the idea is that Rincewind will grant him his three rather adolescent wishes. You know, the usual three - live forever, rule the world, meet the most beautiful woman who ever lived. Simple, really.

Getting marooned at dawn of Time, changing the future, and meeting history's most embarrassing god is only the start. Creating life on the Discworld is a mere detail. Because Rincewind ends up going through Hell. Literally.

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©2001 Terry and Lyn Pratchett (P)2001 Isis Publishing Ltd.

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"He is screamingly funny. He is wise. He has style." (Daily Telegraph)

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Good things in small packages.

Despite having this in print, I avoided purchasing the audiobook for a long time because of its shortness and because I had it in my mind that this is one of his lesser works - it is not. Pratchett's limitless command of the English language, his razor sharp world view and martini-dry sense of humor should make him a national treasure. It may only be 3-1/2 hours long, but you will never find a more superbly crafted 3-1/2 hours. Who else could cover the big bang, governemnt, religion, the fall of Troy, and what to do with with a half naked parrot in 3-1/2 hours? Like the previous reviewer, I laughed out loud during my commute.

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Excellent

The story was great and Briggs' performance was excellent.

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Eric- Prachet does "Disc Lite"

This short addition to the Disc World anthology is fun, but not the best of the series. Fine if you read all the other books with Rincewind, but of the title character left me wondering why Pratchet bothered. Eric wasn't all that interesting. In fact, Eric could have been fleshed out in more detail. Good for someone who likes short stories. Not as good for someone who thinks one of the best things about Disc World books are the descriptive details with lots of unexpected twists and turns.



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Rincewind saves the day!

The only problem with this story is that it's too short and I want to know what happens next! Rincewind is my favorite anti hero. He always wins if only because he has perfected the art of running away.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Short but fantastic.

I love to listen and wonder what he is going to parody next! I particularly liked the Helen of Troy and Trojan war references. Hilarious!

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Ah, Pratchett

I almost didn't download this one because it is much shorter than the other Discworld novels. After listening to all the others, I decided to go ahead and try it. I'm so glad I did. This book is a little gem in the Discworld crown. Better even than some of the longer ones. Get it. It's worth it.

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rincewind at his best

good short story. the luggage had fun in hell. I wonder what happened to Eric when he got home?.

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  • Olaf
  • Gainesville, GA, United States
  • 06-21-16

Great Story, but short

I did not realize how short this book was when I spent a credit on it. Alas, it made me laugh quite a bit.

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Always Makes You Think

As with all Discworld novels, hidden in the snarky humor, is some universal truths. Pratchett has a way of making you question your beliefs.

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Great fun

Having Pratchett's wonderfully sly takes on modern society as seen through the lens of the Discworld read by a consummate English professional is a treat. Layered, dryly humerous performance brings this book to thoroughly satisfying life. It's as good as the Nigel Planer reads.

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