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The Last Hero

A Discworld Fable
Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
Series: Discworld, Book 27, Discworld: Rincewind, Book 7
Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
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Summary

He's been a legend in his own lifetime. He can remember the great days of high adventure. He can remember when people didn't tell you off for killing dragons. But he can't always remember, these days, where he put his teeth.  

Now, Cohen the Barbarian is going on one final quest. He's going to climb the highest mountain in the Discworld and meet his gods. He doesn't like the way they let men grow old and die. The last hero in the world is going to return what the first hero stole. With a vengeance.

That'll mean the end of world, if no one stops him in time. Someone is going to try. So who knows who the last hero really is?

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

©2001 Terry and Lyn Pratchett and Paul Kidby and Sandra Kidby (P)2004 Isis Publishing Ltd
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Classic Pratchet

What did you like most about The Last Hero?

Pratchet's already funny prose was brought to life brilliantly by the narrator, with excellent characterisation and pace.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Leonard. A brilliant lateral view of Leonardo da Vinci.

What about Stephen Briggs’s performance did you like?

He knew exactly when to inject pace into the story telling and when to let Pratchet's dry humour have the subtle thinking space required.

Any additional comments?

Would definitely buy another of these.

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Excellent story, loads of laughs and one liners

adore Stephen Briggs as narrator he really brings the characters alive. who knew Carrott was Welsh. well worth a listen.

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A fitting end!

With the Silver Horde on their last quest, Cohen leads them to their ultimate battle.

Once again, Sir Terry's unique style and characterisation leads you through this short but, nevertheless, fabulous adventure.

Stephen Briggs' narration is engaging and he brings each of the characters to life! Much more stylised than Nigel Planer.

This audiobook must be a definite addition to any Discworld fan's audiobook collection!

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RIP Pratchett... This is proof...

...I should say, one of many proofs, of your much missed genius. An absolutely rip-roaring read that manages to genuinely twang at the heartstrings, having drawn throughout upon searingly cunning parallels with our own world. This is one of the very few Disc World books I hadn’t yet read and it’s now one of my favourites. Huge fun. Very clever. Thanks Terry 😊

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A real heroes story

Terry Pratchett has a wonderful imagination. This is such a fun story and I recommend it.

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The last hero<br /><br />

The humor and wit of Terry Pratchett, fun silly uplifting, with a hint of people watching. Great to hear about people s problems in a real context eg Rinswind, the proverbial coward,

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Brilliant , wonderful like all TP's books.

As ever, Terry Pratchett has written a wonderful story, excellently read by Stephen Briggs , never want them to reach the last chapter.

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Takes some time to get into

It took me halfway to get into this on my casual listen. I couldn’t quite put a finger on all the various characters and their purpose in the story. The narrator did well to distinguish them apart but even then, the plot seemed all over to start with. It was only closer to the end that I realised who was who and then the book finished and the plot is a mish mash of good writing and characters.

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Bring back Nigel Planar

After 20 books read by Nigel, Steven Briggs narration is just not up to the mark. Silly voices aren't what make discworld good. In fact, they lessen the experience of listening greatly.

Really quite gutted. I've persevered through a couple of the briigs books now and I'm sad to say I won't be buying any more. 20 flipping books in to the series. :(

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childish escapism for all ages

An author with such an unimaginably large imagination with wit to top it. a wonderful bubble of escapism and wonder; storytelling at its finest.

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  • Katherine
  • 09-12-12

Just Great

I'm a TP fan - love the characters, love the stories, love the wit. An enjoyable reading of a fascinating book.

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  • Liviu Constantinescu
  • 02-08-15

One of Pterry's shorter works, but excellent and well worth your time.

This book deals with weighty themes using pathos, wit, and an age-appropriate narrative for anyone, young or old, who enjoys fantasy fiction.

Don't dismiss this little gem from the Discworld collection. =)

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  • Tangoo
  • 21-10-08

I love Terry Pratchett

I am a great fan of Terry Pratchett and would not know how many of his books I have read. More that a dozen easily and I have enjoyed them all. This book was no different. It was a great read with some of the classic old characters making a reappearance (It is the seventh Rincewind novel).

Unfortunately it was my first Terry Pratchett audio book and as much as I enjoyed the story I did not enjoy this format. The full story revolves around several parallel sub-stories and flips back and forth between them. On paper this is fine as normally an * or extra line spacing or something is marked between switching from one story to the next. In this book there wasn't any form of sub-story switching markers so on many times I found myself confused when from one sentence to the next the story had switch from one sub-story to the next. Many other audio books use some sort of 3 second music, chime or section title when doing this. That is they adapt the written novel a little for an audio audience. In this story this is not done it simply is someone sitting reading you the paperback.

I just found this continuously frustrating. Everything else was fine - Narration was great by Stephen Briggs and the style of Pratchett's humor never disappoints e.g.
"Harry - You are like a refreshing fart in a room full of roses" - Terry Pratchett, The Last Hero

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  • Mim
  • 08-09-10

Cohen, and the Horde, Lives!!

Thoroughly enjoyed Stephen Briggs rendition of this pleasureable visit to the Discworld. Always a pleasure to revel in Pterry's playful use of words and ideas. Always left wanting more.

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  • Terry
  • 02-09-08

Just as enjoyable as the book...

I love all of Terry Pratchett's books and this is a very enjoyable way of bringing the written word to life. The Last Hero is a very cute story and the narration with all the variances in voices brings it more to life....

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