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Strata | [Terry Pratchett]

Strata

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.
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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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    Graham 07/04/2013
    Graham 07/04/2013
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    "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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    Amanda Leeds, United Kingdom 22/01/2012
    Amanda Leeds, United Kingdom 22/01/2012 Member Since 2005
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    "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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    Nicola ascot, berks, United Kingdom 17/10/2010
    Nicola ascot, berks, United Kingdom 17/10/2010 Member Since 2010
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    "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 Leicestershire UK 06/07/2010
    mollyeyre Leicestershire UK 06/07/2010 Member Since 2009
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    "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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    "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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    "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.

    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).

    There where several occasions that sentences just didn't make sense.

    Stephen does a good, though not as great a job as usual

    This is only for die hard fans!


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