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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 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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  • Jack
  • Derby, KS, USA
  • 03-02-10

Archtypical Pratchett

I love all of Pratchett's books and this may be almost as good as the witches books.

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Pure Pratchett - a stealth classic.

The first time I listened to this I dismissed it as not one of his best - nothing of consequence was happening; no wars, murders, dragons etc. But when I listened to it again with out the expectation of momentous events, I was enchanted. Pratchett's humor and love for his quirky characters comes through on every page. This is very much worth a quiet listen.

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Unseen Academicals

Pratchett is always a great read, and even better on audio.

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Not his best work

To be fair, this is only the second time I have heard a TP book without first reading the book (the first was Making Money which was excellent,) but I was disappointed by both the book and Stephen Briggs' delivery. I have always much preferred Briggs as a narrator, but for some reason this time it didn't gel. It may be the book, it may be the delivery, but what ever it was, it didn't work for me. Not as much dry humour as I expect from TP either. Saddened under the circumstances.

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  • Lydia
  • E Palo Alto, CA, USA
  • 01-07-10

excellent humor

I love Terry Pratchett and the disc world novels, but this was my first time listening to one rather than reading it. At first, I thought I wasn't going to enjoy it - the novel jumps 'round and it is hard to keep track without the novel in front of you to see the breaks. BUT, as the characters developed, I became so wrapped up in the story that I could disregard it. Great humor typical of Pratchett and a great listen.

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We have seen these academicals

Terry Pratchett has done it again and again...from tourists to death, they are always fun. While the book talks about 'football' or here in the USA 'soccer', and the Unseen University. But he could have been speaking of almost any college or university and football in the US and their crowds of fans. Once again there is the satirical poke at the world around us.

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One of his best!!

I'm a long time Disc World and Terry Pratchett fan but this book exceeded my hopes. It was everything I expect from him and more. Splendid and sparkling!

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Unseen Academicals

As a huge Terry Pratchett fan, this book is just another example of the high quality, fun adventure that keeps me laughing and admiring the amazing talent that it takes t keep writing the disc world series. Thank you Terry!

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  • peter
  • mexico, NY, United States
  • 11-04-09

unseen academicals

typical pratchett, witty, inciteful, well worth the read

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Very Good

Not the best he's ever done but very good indeed. You will get the usual multilayered plot, characters we've met before and some new ones. A bit of cinderella, football, tolkien, High Fashion, and I'm sure other references will float up as in Mr. Pratchetts other works. The reading is very well done as is to be expected. While it may not have the political depths of 'Night Watch' I'd give it a solid 4 out of 5 stars at least.

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