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Publisher's Summary

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.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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Nigel planer was great as always

Pyramids is my 3rd in the discworld series. This wasn't my favorite but it was still a great book. All of the subtle mentions of other people and places you hear about in the book does an excellent job of building world building. You wouldn't want to miss this one. Nigel planer makes it worth it alone. The voices he picks for each character are perfect. His narration really brings the books to life.

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One of my favorites

a fantastic stand alone story, very well read. I would heartily recommend for any one who loves Terry Pratchett or for someone who is never read his work.

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I forgot how good this book was.

This is one of the earlier and more easily overlooked Discworld novels. Don't skip it! The story is fascinating, although this book, like Small Gods, doesn't involve any of the familiar recurring characters.

My only issues were with the recording. The pronunciation of Ptracy is frankly distracting (it's Tracy, not Puh-tra-chee, for goodness' sake) and the recording slows and speeds up slightly for no reason.

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So so

The book has 4 parts. The first is interesting. The second drags. The third was ok. The fourth was decent and tied it all up. Not my favorite but there are some good characters in it.

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  • Aye-Htun
  • San Jose, CA, United States
  • 11-30-15

Excellent Story Plot.

Where does Pyramids rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the funniest Pratchett's books

What other book might you compare Pyramids to and why?

Which character – as performed by Nigel Planer – was your favorite?

You Bastard will have to rolling on your stomach

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

Nearly cause an accident in the traffic

Any additional comments?

Read it!