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The Last Continent

Discworld, Book 22
Narrated by: Nigel Planer
Series: Discworld: Rincewind, Book 6, Discworld, Book 22
Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
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Summary

This is the Discworld's last continent, a completely separate creation.  

It's hot. It's dry...very dry. There was this thing once called The Wet, which no one believes in. Practically everything that's not poisonous is venomous. But it's the best bloody place in the world, all right?

And it'll die in a few days, except.... Who is this hero striding across the red desert? Champion sheep shearer, horse rider, road warrior, beer drinker, bush ranger and someone who'll even eat a Meat Pie Floater when he's sober? A man in a hat whose luggage follows him on little legs, who's about to change history by preventing a swagman stealing a jumbuck by a billabong?

Yes...all this place has between itself and wind-blown doom is Rincewind, the inept wizard who can't even spell wizard. Still...no worries, eh?

Also, Terry Pratchett would like it to be known that The Last Continent is not a book about Australia. It's just vaguely Australian.

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

©1998 Terry Pratchett and Lynn Pratchett (P)1999 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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Really poor sound quality

Great book, great story, but terrible sound quality on the transfer, sounds like a copy of a copy, disappointing really.

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It's all in the performance...

What did you like most about The Last Continent?

Terry Pratchett is a known quantity. I'm a huge fan but must admit that his earlier works appeal to me more. As a fantasy fiction devotee I found his increasingly modern allegories and focus on social commentary dissipated the escapism somewhat. Nonetheless, 'The Last Continent' is more 'old school'. Of course, the subject matter helps a great deal. (Not) Australia is practically a fantasy kingdom as it is.

However, for me, the real treasures here are the performers on Audible. Both Stephen Briggs and Nigel Planer are supreme. I've always enjoyed Tony Robinson's readings too but once you go unabridged, you can never go back. Being a child of the 80s and an avid 'Young Ones' fan I have a special affinity for Mr. Planer.

Here, as always, his characterisations are perfect; his Australian accent is consistently accurate and Rincewind has just enough 'Neil' to bring fuzzy, warm waves of nostalgia flooding back. His pacing and timing are immaculate and his textual narration has just enough colour and modulation to keep the listener's full attention.

In short, you buy the books to read Pratchett; you buy the audiobooks to experience him.

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Great Book, audio quality complete rubbish!

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

I wouldn't buy this book on Audible until they upgrade the audio quality. It's terrible. On the other hand the story is great and I loved Nigel Planners reading. I deleted and re-downloaded it about 4 times hoping the audio quality had been upgraded to no avail. This is the first Audible title I've listened to with bad audio quality and was surprised.

Would you be willing to try another one of Nigel Planer’s performances?

Yes

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Pratchett at his funniest

As usual Terry manages to make me laugh whilst giving my brain a bit of a workout too. Worth re reading to pick up the aussie cultural references hidden in the text that I missed first time round. Nigel Planer isnt my favourite Pratchett narrator thats Tony Robinson, but ony Nigel does the unabridged readings. This is one of his better readings. Also features one of my favourite characters the librarian OOK!

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Awful sound quality

A real shame that a good performance of a good story is ruined by worse than telephone like sound quality. Compressed, limited bandwidth and honky. I probably would have given it 5 stars for performance and story but it was painful.

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The Last Continent - so disappointed

Would you try another book written by Terry Pratchett or narrated by Nigel Planer?

Absolutely, have enjoyed most of the other books w have listened to, this one, apart from the odd one liners was a real disappointment, realy not sure why it was written

Has The Last Continent put you off other books in this genre?

no, but if the next few are no better then perhaps.

What about Nigel Planer’s performance did you like?

Good performance, quality of the recording really poor also so it was almost uncomfortable to listen to

If this book were a film would you go see it?

no

Any additional comments?

have really got into the disc world books, love all the characters, this book did not seem to have a purpose, felt like something to fill a gap, poorly, disappointed with mr Pratchett for this one

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Not Terry's best

No real plot just a series of tableau, some of which are amusing. Many just boring and over long.

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One of Terry Pratchetts best

One of his best parody novels, with the wizards at their best. The Four Ecksians certainly have the right idea on how to deal with politicians.

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Another pleasure to listen too!!

I have read and listened to over 20 of Terry Pratchett's books now and as ever "The Last Continent" does miss the mark. Probably up there with my top 3 favourite Pratchett novels so far! Full of Whitt, imagination and creativity not to mention it had me in stitches many a time. Very enjoyable and I would highly recommend it!

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The very best Discworld book !!

Lots of great humour and the usual side splitting fun from Terry. Great send up of the Auzzie lifestyle.

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  • Marit
  • 25-06-19

My least favorite Discworld novel so far

Kind of struggled to finish this one. It had some funny moments, but it really didn't reel me in like Discworld usually does.

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  • Paul Swanson
  • 07-12-17

Aussieness and wizards, could not be more perfect

Two worlds of fantacy colide with elements of Australian culture and the sublime storytelling of Terry Pratchett. Rincewind the Wizard is a charcter we love. Nigel Planer makes you feel like you are in the center of an epic adventure.

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  • Martina Barnett
  • 10-05-16

Love the story!

This is still one of my favourite Terry Pratchett stories. I like Nigel Planet's interpretation of the characters too.

A shame about the sound quality though. I would wish for a better recording.

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  • Pam
  • 09-12-15

The Last Continent

I enjoy Terry Pratchett's Discworld series very much. That said, in parts I find this book drags a bit, as if there is too much in it.
However, I will read/listen to it again sometime. This is about the 4th time I've either listened to or read this book.

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  • Katherine
  • 09-12-12

Always enjoyable.

If you love TP, you will thoroughly enjoy this rendition of The Last Continent. As Aussies, we doubly appreciate TP's salute to Vegemite and Waltzing Matilda, and smile wryly at Nigel Planer's attempts at an Aussie accent. Cheers Mate.

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  • Simmons
  • 01-12-12

The Origins of Australian Icons

Once again full of laughter out loud even on your own. Love Terry Pratchett's sense of humour and realistic view of the world. Make sure your sense of humour is open to the subtle bits. A total delight!

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  • Ian
  • 01-08-12

Well performed, but story a bit try-hard in places

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

In general, there are plenty of laughs and digs, but this book trips up the formula - poke fun at things/ideas - and ends up trying too hard to make everyone else look silly. Mr Pratchett, in this book, proves to be a mixture of politically correct romantic on the one side, and ardent rationalist on the other. I've enjoyed his books till now, and hadn't noticed this tension before, but it definitely detracted from my enjoyment, to the point where I would feel like jumping forward in the recording, just to avoid his, once again, bludgeoning to death of some idea that he obviously doesn't like. It seems far from open-minded, and I'll probably think twice before I buy another of his more recent books.
The performance is, as always, nicely done by Nigel Planer, who I could easily listen to for hours ... as I just did!

Would you recommend The Last Continent to your friends? Why or why not?

Probably not, though happily there are many other Pratchett books that I would recommend :)

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  • Des
  • 11-07-10

Typical Pratchett

a good Pratchett book

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  • Anna
  • 06-08-16

Hiliarious and brilliant

One of my top 5 favourite Discworld books, strongly influenced no doubt by the hilarious narration of Nigel Planer. He captures the Exian essence brilliantly and once again is a voice I cannot disassociate from Rincewind. He IS Rincewind! Absolutely hilarious book, I listen to it often and still can't help the giggles.