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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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  • 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.B.
  • 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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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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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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A fun listen

Not my favorite jaunt into Discworld, but it's a fun read. The story is a nice diversion from the usual suspects, but it stretches itself a little too much at times. Mr. Planer's performance is excellent.

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My favorite Discworld book.

This is a standalone, so I would recommend it to someone who isn't sure whether they will like Pratchett's writing style.

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Pyramids by Terry Pr a t c hett

Pritchett s stuff is always fun altho a little touched. I head no idea pyramids could do that but the idea of being locked up forever on one is creepy...obviously they wanted to be free. Great fun

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Pyramids

A fun listen, wonderful story telling. Full of Terry Pratchett’s typical bizarre, literal, and dry humor. Full of manipulative priests, well meaning monarchs, assassins, and out of control architecture.

Well written and fun, but a little disappointing. It is lacking something, it just isn’t as enthralling as the other disc world books. The characters are a little less engaging than usual, and there are a lot of tangential story lines and narratives that are fun, but don’t bind fully into the primary plot.

Overall a good book, which I would definitely recommend, simply lacking the incredibly high level of excellence I have come to expect from Pratchett books.