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Publisher's Summary

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 glowing 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 forever. Because the thing about footballï¿¿ï¿¿ï¿¿the important thing about football - is that it is not just about football.

Here we go! Here we go! Here we go!

©2009 Terry and Lyn Pratchett; (P)2009 HarperCollins Publishers

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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Excellent story and performance

Terry Pratchett is always a good read or in this case listen. I loved the different storylines and the narrator suits the story

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Wizards and sports.<br />

A lovely tale in which you meet Mr Nutt. A strange fellow who dribbles candles. Soccer and wizardly hijinks abound in this laughable tale as Vetinari tries to clean up street soccer.

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Terry Pratchett at his best!

Delightful as ever. A master wordsmith and storyteller. Briggs' performance is spot on. Highly recommended for anyone with an appreciation of the English language.

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Favorite selection

I have listened to this story five times at least. I am always amazed at the adroit way the author highlights the best and worst of human society w/o beating us over the head with it. One of my go to audiobooks

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Love it :)

Not the funniest Discworld novel, in my opinion. Still pretty good, thought.

Great performance by Stephen Briggs.

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A visit to DiscWorld's Unseen University

I love Terry Pratchett's writing. At first this story was not a favorite of mine but after a 2nd listen I enjoyed it more. It is probably because I like the stories about the Night Watch in DiscWorld best but this one has a good part for the Patrician and the magicians draw you in so all in all--if you like Pratchett--purchase it. Stephen Briggs does an excellent job of narration which is essential in an audible book.

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Great as always, but not Pratchett's usual theme

First off let me say that I love almost everything Terry Pratchett has ever written, and this book is no exception. It has his trademark whit and humor.

That said, I was very surprised by this books overall theme of "It's great to go along with the crowd and do stupid, dangerous things to impress people." which is pretty much the exact opposite message of every other "Discworld" book. In fact, there are a lot of elements in this book that are held up as positive that are exactly the same things Prachett lampoons in his other books: fanatical devotion to a group; trendy fashion; heated rivalry based on arbitrary differences. I guess going along with the crowd is only bad until it's a crowd who likes the same thing Pratchett does.

It's not bad, it's just surprising. I would never have pegged Terry Prachett as a sports guy.

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As always, fabulous!

What did you love best about Unseen Academicals: Discworld #32?

Terry Pratchett never fails to entrance and delight me. Great characters, great story, pointed satire ... what's not to like?

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

Stephen Briggs is uniformly, consistently brilliant!

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Diskworld "football"

Though I'm sure I missed some of the "football" jokes being an American who's not into soccer or rugby, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was fun, and, as an academic, I enjoyed the school humor quite a lot.

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Enjoyable, but not the best of Pratchett.

I love Terry Pratchett and have for years. This book is fun and enjoyable, as are most of his books, but is by no means a representation of his best work. I do enjoy the character of Mr. Nutt - a self-conscious nonentity who has some amazing talents. Also, the idea of the wizards playing football (soccer for us from the U.S.) is certainly amusing, but if your'e new to Pratchett I would recommend Thud!, The Truth, or Going Postal.