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Pyramids

Discworld #7
Narrated by: Nigel Planer
Series: Discworld, Book 7
Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
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It isn't easy, being a teenage pharaoh. You're not allowed to carry money, uninhibited young women peel your grapes for you, everyone thinks you're responsible for making the sun rise and the corn grow, you keep dreaming about seven thin cows and seven fat cows (one of them playing the trombone), and on top of everything else, the Great Pyramid has just exploded because of paracosmic instability.

And then you've got to deal with all these assassins, sphinxes, huge wooden horses, mad high priests, philosophers, sacred crocodiles, gods, marching mummies, jobbing pyramid builders and Hat, the Vulture-Headed God of Unexpected Guests.

And all you really wanted was the chance to do something for young people and the inner cities.

©1989 Terry Pratchett and Lynn Pratchett (P)1997 ISIS Publishing Ltd.

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"There's no end to the wacky wonders...No fantasy is as consistently, inventively mad...wild and wonderful." (Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine)

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  • Pam
  • Mangilao, GU, United States
  • 12-15-03

Almost perfect

Although Pyramids doesn't seem to be in the top ten fav list of Terry's books, it should be. It has all the normal Pratchett intricately woven craziness and I highly recommend it.

My one big gripe is not with the book, but with the narration. Nigel Planer is, in general, very good, but whoever told him how to pronounce the name of the lead feminine character should be shot.

In the annotations portion of L-Space (an on-line site devoted to Terry Pratchett that every fan should visit) they say that Terry says that the name Ptraci should be pronounced "Tracy" with a silent 'p'. Part of the reason is that the name Tracy is common British slang for a clueless female.

Throughout the entire book, Nigel insists on pronouncing the name PaTRAchee which absolutely drove me crazy. I found myself shouting "It's TRACY!!" as I drove down the road. Luckily, I have air conditioning so my windows are always rolled up (I live where it's always warm).

Nevertheless, if you can deal with PaTRAchee, it's a wonderful book in the delightful Terry Pratchett tradition.

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  • M.G.
  • Lafayette, CO, United States
  • 10-23-11

Wonderful

“Pyramids” may not be my favorite Discworld novel, but I loved it nonetheless. It fits in perfectly with the rest of the Discworld universe and was absolutely wonderful to read.

My only issue is that 3-4 hours in, the narration changes from Nigel Planer to someone who sounds more like Stephen Fry and then a few more hours later it goes back to Nigel Planer (the same thing happened in “Sourcery”). Both voices are great for narration and it doesn’t hurt the story in any way. I just found the switch to be a bit odd. Otherwise, the book is a wonderful read and I highly recommend it to anyone delving further in to the Discworld universe.

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Clever as always...

I felt like all the style and feel of a Pratchett book was here but the story was somewhat lacking. A lot of clever dialogue and fun imagery as always. Nigel Planers reading is entertaining in an of itself. Still fun but not as satisfying as other TP audiobooks.

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Why walk a mile with a camel?

Perhaps because camels have the most brilliant mathematical minds ever incarnate in living flesh? Well, you need Pratchett's explanation for this, but believe me, it's plausibly funny. Just in case you wonder what REALLY happened to the ancient Egyptian civilization with all its priests, slaves, and demigod-like rulers, this book provides an answer. An answer that will have you chuckling if not laughing out loud.

Stands well on its own, even if you haven't already read others of Pratchett's prolific Discworld series.

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Not Pratchett’s usual quality

Normally I look to Pratchett for some good witty humor. This book was good with that at first and then as soon as the main character got his “calling” to be king, it started to go downhill.

It seemed like Pratchett was stretching for things to make jokes about. The characters got more and more unsympathetic as the story went on. The only character I ended up liking was the main character’s father. He was the only one who did anything that felt like he stayed in character. Main Character turned into a blank boring slate with no personality. Love Interest girl was also uninteresting.

I basically finished the book just to finish the book.

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Disappointed Pratchett fan

I found this book to be tedious and overwrought with cute observations and flights of fancy that didn't really advance the story, which is unfortunately thin on substance. I'm a Pratchett fan and in general I really enjoy the Disc World series. This book just isn't up to the standards of his others. I found it tiresome to the point that I'm going to take a break from Pratchett fare for awhile.

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What an annoying book!

After the 7th or 8th time in three pages that someone said the entirety of “His Greatness the King Pteppicymon XXVIII, Lord of the Heavens, Charioteer of the Wagon of the Sun, Steersman of the Barque of the Sun, Guardian of the Secret Knowledge, Lord of the Horizon, Keeper of the Way, the Flail of Mercy, the High Born One, the Never Dying King.” I gave up.
I’ve enjoyed all the other Terry Pratchett books I’ve listened to so far. (Except for the intolerable page chimes in The Light Fantastic) But this just dragged on and on and on. It’s not actually funny or clever. After one or two of them we really could have done with an abbreviated version of the entire royal title. And while I understand the point that was being made about tedium and monotony of being a ruler in a country steeped in too much ceremony, it’s just not enjoyable to listen to. I found myself getting increasingly annoyed and then anxious every time I heard “His Greatness the King Pteppicymon XXVIII...” and finally I turned it off. See what I did there? I abbreviated it and you all still knew what I meant. This is the same joke used in Good Omens too with the full name “destroyer of worlds who is called dragon” and so forth. And I thought it was annoying in that book too, although at least they only said it 3 times in Good Omens, and even that is too much. Yeeshk. That’s a big no thanks from me on Pyramids simply because repeating the same thing over and over doesn’t actually make it interesting or funny. If it was, the so-called “comedy” of most modern entertainment would be legendary.
Grumpy rant aside: if you aren’t bothered by hearing the same long titles over and over it might be a good book. I didn’t get further than that because I am bothered by it.

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Great story, rough editing and recordinh

There were a few times in which the narrator seemed to switch and the volume and background noise changed at these moments too. It was distracting. Other than that it was as marvelous as Terry Pratchett's books always are.

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Not my favorite Terry Pratchett book

While this one is not my favorite, the discworld books overall are very enjoyable. there were some very funny parts as usual, but the story was missing some of the charm the others usually have

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  • T Schmidt
  • Charlotte, NC United States
  • 06-04-19

It’s Terry Pratchett

Not my absolute favorite but very enjoyable nonetheless. I generally prefer Anhk Morpork stories so sort of jarring when it switches locations, but Trpik is an enjoyable hero.