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Small Gods

Discworld, Book 13
Narrated by: Nigel Planer
Series: Discworld, Book 13
Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (1,051 ratings)
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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.

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

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"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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Poor audio quality

I’m afraid that I didn’t finish the book. I got an hour in on my commute and couldn’t handle the fuzzy scratchy audio any longer. It’s a shame, as I’m fond of Sir Terry’s work, but there was no way I was going to listen to this fizzing it’s way through my car stereo for 10 hours worth of driving. Gutted.

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Not to my taste

From my point of view not one of Terry's best. The story was not easy to become involved in.
The sound quality was poor..

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Forgotten gem

Falling outside the popular subsections of the disc world (guards, witches, wizards, etc) Small Gods is a stand-alone novel which I read back when it first came out and had pretty much forgotten about.
It’s a pleasure to find its commentary on organised religion and philosophy is still both as relevant and as funny today as it was years ago, if not more so.
For a book I had forgotten it may have just jumped into a top 5 position in the series, time to listen again to make sure.

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Enjoyable, from start to finish 😁

A wonderful tale, full of allegories, lessons and fun!

Great bedtime listening!

Loved every minute!

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always brilliant

always brilliant, this book is a great addition to the other books in the disc world

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  • JR
  • 13-11-18

Excellent

Excellent except for sightly fuzzy sound quality. Didn't stop me enjoying it though. Great book.

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Get the Abridged

I love the Discworld but this one is slow. You could probably get away with the abridged edition.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-08-18

interesting story, excellent narration by Nigel, the story was mabye a bit too much here and there and a few too many characters to keep tabs on. God is good though...

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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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  • Nighteyes
  • 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

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