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The Company builds planets. Kin Arad is a high-ranking official of the Company. After 21 decades of living, and with the help of memory surgery, she is at the top of her profession.

Discovering two of her employees have placed a fossilised plesiosaur in the wrong stratum, not to mention the fact it is holding a placard that reads "End Nuclear Testing Now", doesn't dismay the woman who built a mountain range in the shape of her initials during her own high-spirited youth.

But then came a discovery of something that did intrigue Kin Arad. A flat earth was something new....

©2001 Terry and Lyn Pratchett; (P)2002 Isis Publishing Ltd

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how does this man think of these things?

I have just finished listening to this book, and the way Terry Prachetts mind works facinates me. I am almost completely blind but somehow this man lets me SEE the things he is talking about, and there is so much variety in his writing. This book takes us clear into a future that may or may not happen, but makes us wish that it would, no other writer makes me feel this way, and takes me laughing into his strange worlds.

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  • Simon
  • Windsor, United Kingdom
  • 05-11-13

A miss step for Terry

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes as I'm a big Pratchett fan. No as it was, by far, the worst novel he has penned.<br/><br/>The characters where very thin, not 'believable'. I must admit I didn't really follow the plot. (and on this one occasion Terry lost the plot). <br/><br/>There where several occasions that sentences just didn't make sense.<br/><br/>Stephen does a good, though not as great a job as usual<br/><br/>This is only for die hard fans!

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  • Amanda
  • 01-22-12

Strata - where DiscWorld probably began

When listening/reading this, it really should be remembered that this a very early book from TP. It is complicated - but I enjoy that. What I also find fascinating are the references that show the first glimmerings of the idea of discWorld emerging. And as ever with Terry's books, hidden in there is some very complex and interesting philosophy. Also, as ever, Stephen Briggs is brilliant - he doesn't merely narrate - he performs this book.

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  • Kiz
  • 07-29-17

amazingly relevant considering when it was written

the thing about Pratchett is that he just knows how to write humans. even sci fi future humans..
this is a great story. love the fact it touches on discworld in a non magical setting.. screw about with physics a bit..nice.
read brilliantly with some tricky accents that are held very consistently.
recommended!

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  • Jay
  • 01-18-17

Excellent performance of a great story.

A real shame storyline didn't get picked up again. As with any other Terry Pratchett work this is Quirky, Witty, Outstandingly Clever, and playfull.

This is a different taken on Terry.. clearly demonstrating an ability to captivate and build characters somehow using less words and engaging more imagination or the readers/listeners behalf..

..I'm already looking forward to the re-"read".

Terry left us all too soon...I'd like to think he's off stacking discworlds on the back of elephants standing on top of turtle's and hurtling the off through some far flung corner of space.

All the best,

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  • Andrew
  • 01-15-17

Creationism meets the Disk

This is a great book weather you enjoy monsters, spaceships or just people trying to survive in an illogical world. Terry asks and "answers" many of our deepest questions 'who are we?' 'Where do we come from?' And ' what the disk is that?'
Ever wondered what life round be like if the flat earth society were right? Read on my friend, read on.

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  • Bug
  • 12-12-16

A great light story, for young and old...

I have read Strata several times and when I saw the audiobook it was a must have.
It's an easy listen, where the story flows. All characters are given equal weight by Stephen Briggs, who captures the individual character well.

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  • Neil Wren
  • 09-04-15

Steven at his best with an okay story to read

While I did enjoy the book, ist wasn't one of Terry's best. Steven did his usual amazing job but even his tones couldn't cover up the fact that the story just wasn't that engaging, with a so so ending. Only saving grace were the supporting cast, with the 4 armed maniac reminding me of Cowan the Barbarian.

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  • Andrew
  • 08-21-15

He'll be missed.

He has left behind his own world to enrich ours. I cannot recommend Terry Pratchett highly enough.

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  • Nicola
  • 10-17-10

Disappointing

I love Terry P and yet found this one hard to listen to and not due to narration which was fine. It didn't have the usual humour I enjoy, was complicated and really didn't care about the characters. Sorry can't recommend it.

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  • mollyeyre
  • 07-06-10

Not one of TP's best

Another fun book, though I did get a bit lost in parts and had to run through again. I have enjoyed other Pratchett's more, but still this is worth a read

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  • Graham
  • 04-07-13

Needs to be listened to in one go

If this was an early work of Terry Pratchett then it is a wonder his other (very good) books sold. It is disjointed (or I lost concentration) and didn't appear to have a meaningful story line. If you listen to it in as few sessions as possible and concentrate then it might be clearer. Maybe a second listen will be more meningful. It introduces the Discworld but does not conjure up the image his other books did so does not set the scene so to speak.

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