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Summary

Brutha is the Chosen One. His god has spoken to him, admittedly while currently in the shape of a tortoise.

Brutha is a simple lad. He can't read. He can't write. He's pretty good at growing melons. And his wants are few.

He wants to overthrow a huge and corrupt church. He wants to prevent a horribly holy war. He wants to stop the persecution of a philosopher who has dared to suggest that, contrary to the Church's dogma, the Discworld really does go through space on the back of an enormous turtle. (Which is true, but when has that ever mattered?) He wants peace and justice and brotherly love. He wants the Inquisition to stop torturing him now, please.

But most of all, what he really wants, more than anything else, is for his god to choose someone else...

Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards.

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©1992 Terry Pratchett and Lynn Pratchett (P)1997 ISIS Publishing Ltd.

Critic reviews

"Pratchett is the funniest parodist working in the field today, period." (The New York Review of Science Fiction)
"Terry Pratchett is simply the best humorous writer of the 20th century. Wodehouse, Waugh, Sharpe, etc. all have their merits, sometimes considerable, but Pratchett really is a cut above the rest." (Oxford Times)

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terrible recording quality

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

no - because the recording quality was appalling and very hard to put up with

What was one of the most memorable moments of Small Gods?

when the main character plays chess with death

What didn’t you like about Nigel Planer’s performance?

he gabbled and spoke far too fast so much of the writing was lost - the terrible recording quality didn't help the performance at all. The sound level fluctuates throughout

Do you think Small Gods needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No - worked ok as a stand alone story

Any additional comments?

don't convert poor recordings to digital and offer on Audible - it reflects badly on your quality control [or lack of]

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Good content dated recording

A good book but the audio track sounds old, it needs to be redone or cleaned up to improve the overall quality

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Wonderful

An insightful novel which works on a lot of levels, it's an adventure story, a travelogue and a philosophical treatise on the nature of the Church as opposed to religious.

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Brilliant maybe Terry's best! Narration spot on!

This book was spellbinding and brilliant when reading it, which i have done many times. The listening experience added a new, lovely layer of enjoyment to this perfect story.

Nigel planer's narration was as brilliant as the authors story line! Excellently defined characters! I won't add much more as anything too specific may ruin other listeners enjoyment.

Just get it and listen to an utterly unique book. Sir Terry Pratchett at his very best, and Nigel Planer narrated wonderfully well!

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This might be my favourite story so far.

One of the best put together philosophical and insightful of Mr Pratchett's books. Just brilliant, and I look forward to hearing it again.

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So close

Wish amazon had used this book to base a TV show on instead of American God's
And I love American God's!

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oooh! this one is very good! moved me!

oooh! this one is very good! moved me! That's about all I have to say. listen to or read it.

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😍

I love this story and have heard it over and over, will again. Try it, you'll like it!

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Too sad to finish another disc world novel.<br />

Read this years ago, but still such a pleasure to hear it read to me.
Pratchett takes life, people, religion and the human condition as we know them, tumbles it all away to disc world and unveils it all for us to reflect on and have a bloody good laugh at :)

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mixed audio quality

the story is fairly slow to get into but it gets better.
the audio quality isn't great though. that is disappointing.

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  • Stef
  • 23-02-18

Praise be to Om

Another fantastic story by of prophet Pratchett. An interesting view on religion and philosophy entertwined with humour and sass.

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  • John Davie
  • 16-02-18

Awesome

I love all of Pratchett's work and this was no exception. Excellent characterization by Nigel Planer

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  • bindibelle
  • 28-04-16

Not really like the other Discworld books

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely. I've yet to find a Terry Pratchett book I haven't loved, and would do anything I can do to expose others to how great the Discworld books are.

What did you like best about this story?

It deals with possibly controversial subject matter in a way that is very thought provoking, and exposes readers to different viewpoints.

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

This book made me laugh quite frequently. There are also a few bits which are quite sad

Any additional comments?

It's quite clearly still set in the Discworld universe, yet manages to feel quite different by featuring unique characters and settings. I believe it's also set in the past of the main Discworld books.

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  • Iina
  • 21-02-16

Enjoyed it very much

I'm glad I found this. No real complaints. Brutha's voice was exactly as I'd imagined.

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  • Dara
  • 15-03-15

Perhaps my favorite book

audio quality was poor, but this is an old recording. Loved every moment of it.

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  • Anna
  • 08-03-15

5 stars all round

This is one of my favourite Discworld novels. Nigel Planer is EXCELLENT at different voices and accents and brings the whole story to life.

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  • fabfawkes
  • 27-01-15

So good

I am a huge fan of Discworld and am currently re-living them through audiobook. This was so much fun to listen to. Nigel Planer does a great job narrating. I am looking forward to listening to the rest of the series.

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  • Michael
  • 07-03-13

somewhat confusing...

What did you like best about Small Gods? What did you like least?

i found this perticular story to be quite confusing, but i admit that it might be because it took me a long time to get through the book and i only got to listen to it for short amounts of time at any given time so that might be why i had trouble following the story

Would you be willing to try another book from Terry Pratchett? Why or why not?

i've read or listened to almost all of his books so indeed yes :)

What about Nigel Planer’s performance did you like?

Nigel has a good strong voice that i never get annoyed with or tired of listening to

Was Small Gods worth the listening time?

no, but like i said, that might be due to real life making me unable to follow my usual listening habits