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Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork - not the old fashioned, grubby pushing and shoving, but the new, fast football with pointy hats for goalposts and balls that go gloing when you drop them. And now, the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood for trying everything else.

The prospect of the Big Match draws in a street urchin with a wonderful talent for kicking a tin can, a maker of jolly good pies, a dim but beautiful young woman, who might just turn out to be the greatest fashion model there has ever been, and the mysterious Mr Nutt (and no one knows anything much about Mr Nutt, not even Mr Nutt, which worries him, too. As the match approaches, four lives are entangled and changed for ever.

Because the thing about football - the important thing about football - is that it is not just about football.

©2009 Terry and Lyn Pratechett; (P)2009 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"At its heart, this is an intelligent, cheeky love letter to football, its fans and the unifying power of sports." (Publishers Weekly)
"In short, this is as busy and as daft as any other Discworld yarn, which means it is the quintessence of daft. Nobody writes fantasy funnier than Pratchett." (Booklist)

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-29-14

Origins of football

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

7th

What did you like best about this story?

the juxtaposition of the reluctant secondary heroes skillset against the blossoming model industry and his struggle to resist the peer pressure that ultimately caused the previous downfall of his father

What does Stephen Briggs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Stephen Briggs is an excellent narrator/reader/actor (what do you call someone who reads audio books?) he manages to sound like he is telling the story rather than being a pompous shakespearian actor who is anouncing every word as if reading a voicover for a film trailer (as can often be the case).

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

yes - but I'm not going to say what it was...spoilers you know :)

Any additional comments?

an excellent Pratchettification of the origins of football and there's even a love interest

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  • Mark h
  • 09-29-14

Foot the ball game for the masses

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

This is a continuation of the Pratchett franchise on a footballing theme. The standard is excellent with narration by Stephen Briggs

What other book might you compare Unseen Academicals to, and why?

Any of the disc world novels

What about Stephen Briggs’s performance did you like?

His accents

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

Laugh at the one liners or the double entendre equally funny

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  • Joan
  • 09-22-14

Classic Pratchett

What did you like most about Unseen Academicals?

Catches the absurdity of sport fanatics whilst at the same time illuminating the bias and prejudice that people exhibit .
Pratchett never fails to highlight ridiculous behavior, but he does so in the gentle humorous fashion that defines all his stories. Brilliant.

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  • Clare Dean
  • 09-05-14

Pratchett at his best

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

Its up in the top ten

What other book might you compare Unseen Academicals to, and why?

The best of Disc World

Have you listened to any of Stephen Briggs’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes, they are always good

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending was very sweet

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  • OB1Tom
  • 08-06-14

Another brilliant Discworld romp

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Great story and a very good performance. If you love Pratchett you will love Unseen Academicals

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  • david
  • 02-06-14

Another entertaining Discworld novel

Would you listen to Unseen Academicals again? Why?

Not up there amongst the best Discworld novels I've read but adequately entertaining.
My favourites are Guards! Guards! and Men At Arms.

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  • Kelley
  • 04-09-13

Another Fatastic(al) Fiction

Another fantastic and fantastical book in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series. All of his characters are so rich and memorable and his balance between merriment and message is just right. Add to this the wonderful narrating skills of Stephen Briggs, and it would be hard to find anything to dislike. I find myself listening to many books in this series again and again.

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  • Ria Saakshi
  • 04-07-13

Fabulously Read Pratchett Tale Spinning

If you have read the book before and have sounds and images in your head this reading is not (like some) very jarring with your already imagined voices and personas. Briggs has a very soothing tone, especially for the main character and whilst not lacking in character its also quite neutral. Indeed I have struggled to listen to some things I have read before so strong was my internal view of the book - but this is one of the most comfortable listens I have come across in a long time.



If you have never read the book, but read Pratchett before - its a good solid Pratchett Novel. Having read and listened to most of the Pratchett Novels you can tell the story struggles a little in places... but that is hardly noticeable as when he hits his stride he really hits his stride. Still I think for all I thoroughly enjoyed it, its not going to be anyone's favourite Pratchett Novel, but that is more due to the fact there is stiff competition and the characters are possibly not as strong as some of his previous characters.



If you have never heard or read a Pratchett Novel the joy of a Pratchett Novel is in the mixing of humour with finely crafted tales that now approach something more of a fairy tale in that they take serious real world issues and re imagine them in a way that gives you a very different view of the imagined world and the real world. Would I start my journey here? Probably not... go listen to some other books first - the early city based books especially, but earmark this and come back when you have.

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  • M Poole
  • 01-07-13

Read this, if you're hard enough!

As usual, Pratchett's work is laced with wit and a occasional moments of emotional thuggery, catching you unaware and then casually rifling through your heart for memories that you thought were only for you. If you understand the Beautiful Game, and it's not the one where people kick a ball around, then this story will give you some joy as well as sadness, tinged with an uneasy moment or two when you have to ask yourself if you're a bigot.



That's good. Because, if you can say no, you can read the rest of the story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-27-12

Pratchett always makes me laugh

A great parody of life, education and sport as the social classes clash, bicker and rise above it all...