Small Gods: Discworld, Book 13 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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The audiobook of Small Gods is narrated by the BAFTA award-winning actor and director Andy Serkis (The Lord of the Rings; Planet of the Apes), BAFTA and Golden Globe award-winning actor Bill Nighy (Love Actually; Pirates of the Caribbean; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) reads the footnotes, and Peter Serafinowicz (Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace; Shaun of the Dead) stars as the voice of Death. Featuring a new theme tune composed by James Hannigan.
'You should do things because they're right. Not because gods say so. They might say something different another time.'
Religion is a competitive business in the Discworld. Everyone has their own opinion and their own gods, of every shape and size - all fighting for faith, followers, and a place at the top.
So when the great god Om accidentally manifests himself as a lowly tortoise, stripped of all divine power, it's clear he's become less important than he realised.
In such instances, you need an acolyte, and fast. Enter Brutha, the Chosen One - or at least the only One available. He wants peace, justice and love - but that's hard to achieve in a world where religion means power, and corruption reigns supreme....
You can listen to the Discworld novels in any order, but Small Gods is a standalone.
The first book in the Discworld series – The Colour of Magic – was published in 1983. Some elements of the Discworld universe may reflect this.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 58 minutes|
|Narrator||Andy Serkis, Bill Nighy, Peter Serafinowicz|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||28 April 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 490 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
7 in Humourous Fantasy
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36 in Action & Adventure Fantasy
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It's denser and less free-flowing than his usual work, with a lot of side threads. You may need to read it twice to really get your head around it. If you're new to The Discworld, I'd recommend starting with a Three Witches or City Watch book to learn how the universe works before you tackle this.
Underneath the wit and satire about religion and politics is the love for the human condition, with all its frailties and idiosyncrasies.
I have read this book about five times already and each time there is something different to be found, such is the richness of this book.
I give this five stars, but it really is in a class of its own.
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Sadly there is never an eagle or a tortoise around when you need them.
True, the villain is a rather generic Pratchett villain (if you've read several other books, you'll find him irritatingly familiar), but there is little else to find fault with. As with many of his stories, Pratchett manages to weave in some trenchant observations on human nature, and a bit of philosophy, without messing up the plot or finger-wagging. I really have only one criticism: torture, even in the hands of a black-comedy master, is never funny. Particularly when it references real-world historical events. The violence in other Pratchett books tends to be slapstick and cartoonish, but here it's a bit too close to the bone.
In truth, it has its moments of pointed social commentary, some perhaps more pointed than others. Overall though, and what really elevates this material is how well it sticks to the good-natured tone whilst exploring the sharp end of theocracy, dogma and absolute bloody-mindedness in the face of better alternatives.
Its an exploration of mindsets. In the belief of hierarchies over gods, the subjective nature of belief and the innate need to believe in something over nothing. It's hefty stuff but never reads like a thesis on theology, psychology or culture.
In short it's quite the piece of work and a definite high point of the series. Gods large and small may impose themselves upon it's events but as is usually the case with these books it's the fundamental humanity of it's characters that always shines through. A solid recommendation.
Oh? You can? Then this the book for you, especially if you are fond of tortoises. This is Terry Pratchett on a soapbox, so it has dark tinges, but is still full of fun. A young novice in the One True Religion (aren't they all?) is sent out with a nefarious mission to a heretic (aren't they all?) neighbouring country. His survival is uncertain. The main question, though, is whether the truth can survive. A masterpiece by Terry Pratchett (aren't they all?). Lettuces also figure largely. And exploding steam-boats.
Unless i have suffered turtle amnesia.
Not one of the best, but still a fantastic read.
This book perhaps more than many others has some real relevance in the real world. Especially in this day and age of religious extremism, be it Muslim or Christian - either way it is a delightful read for Atheists and pacifists.