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Eric

Discworld, Book 9
Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
Series: Discworld, Book 9, Discworld: Rincewind, Book 4
Length: 3 hrs and 33 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (101 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

You've heard of Faust - this is Eric. There's a difference.  

Eric is 14, lives on the famed and magical Discworld, and is the first ever demonology hacker. Fortunately, he doesn't succeed in raising any devils, but he does raise Rincewind (the most incompetent wizard in the universe) and the Luggage (the world's most dangerous travel accessory).

When Eric turns them loose on an unprotected world, the idea is that Rincewind will grant him his three rather adolescent wishes. You know, the usual three: live forever, rule the world, meet the most beautiful woman who ever lived. Simple, really.

Getting marooned at the dawn of Time, changing the future, and meeting history's most embarrassing god is only the start. Creating life on the Discworld is a mere detail. Because Rincewind ends up going through Hell. Literally.

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"He is screamingly funny. He is wise. He has style." (Daily Telegraph)

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Stephen Briggs delivers again

Hi Audible, please have Stephen read all Discworld novels he hasn't yet. He is the ONLY narrator that does Sir Terry's wonderful, funny, amazing stories any justice. His narration is spot on, his accents are consistent and distinct and bring the characters to life.

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  • David Eggerschwiler
  • 16-11-2007

Rincewind returns

Through a million to one chance Rincewind manages to escape the Dungeon Dimensions and finds himself under the control of Eric, a teenage-Demonologist. Eric's only desires are to be ruler of the disc, have the most beautiful woman and live forever. No one is more amazed than Rincewind himself when the wishes seem to get fulfilled, however, with unexpected side-effects...
Pratchett delivers as always a fantastic story taking dozens of jibes at world history such as the Trojan War or modern Management methods. Even though the story is short (by Terry's standards) it is very fast paced and never gets boring :).

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  • Jacqueline
  • 15-11-2015

great part of an epic

loved this book, just as wonderful as auidobook,. Stephen Briggs' narration of Terry pratchett's books is a s usual excellent, giving full life and humour to the books I love so much. wonderfully kept as unabridged, which is a must for me, with Stephen's lovely voice that smoothly and full of the wit and humour that leaps to mind when thinking of Terry pratchet books

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  • Megan
  • 23-11-2011

Thoroughly enjoyable

Terry Pratchett writes so well, he is so funny and Stephen Briggs narrates so well, capturing all the funny bits perfectly. What a team!

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  • Stef
  • 21-04-2017

Quezovercoatl is displeased

This is the most disappointing Discworld book yet. I personally have only read the first 13 books, but this the only one I would recommend skipping.

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  • Clare
  • 21-02-2011

As Good As They Get

If there is not something in this book that has everyone bursting into fits of uncontrollable laughter then there is something wrong with the world. From the fourteen-year old demonologist with a false beard, to the general who likes to leave decoy horses out the front while he sneaks round the back and not forgetting the demonic god who strikes fear into the hearts of all (at least until they find out he?s only six inches tall. There is something in this story for everyone.

Don?t be put off by the short length, this is still one of the best Pratchett books to date. It has the welcome return of old characters as well as an influx of new ones. We learn why hell is so much worse now than it was and also have the mystery of paperclips solved.

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  • Alexander
  • 14-03-2016

Short

I didn't notice how short this was until after I spent a credit on it. Would of been nice if it only cost half a credit.

The book itself was great.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-10-2015

"The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intensions!"

Item... Not doing anything to solve a problem can provide opportunity for Others to make use of it.
Item... Getting out of the worst mess you have ever been in may not be such a good thing.
Item... Happiness is sometimes knowing without a doubt just how much worse things could be.

Vanity, Greed, Self-Importance, lust (well... Suspected lust), and many other sins will get you to hell. And sometimes walking fast and with confidence is all that will get you out.

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  • Marianne
  • 02-06-2015

Good story, great narration

This is a good story, but not the best of the disc world books. however the narration by Stephen Briggs is great as always. it is very easy to recognise the different characters when he reads and they are consistent book to book. worth getting to complete the disc world set, but if looking for a first book to get into the series I would recommend The Colour of Magic or Hogfather instead.

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  • Tim
  • 16-03-2015

terry

not the strongest of Terrys works but still a fun little listen. as a completionist I am glad to have listened to it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-02-2015

very short romp through Discworld

No real character development. Set of disjointed gags with no real payoff. the wonderful humour and loveable Discworld save it.

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  • d t
  • 06-06-2020

Short but distilled quality

Lots of the best of pratchett. It's a short story for sure but complete and full of his trademark observations about religion, bureaucracy and how jolly hellish it is, with some cheerful takes on stories from The Classics.
Stephen Briggs is outstanding.
Will listen again.

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  • Katie
  • 18-11-2019

Rincewinds escape.

The last book saw Rincewind left in the dungeon dimensions. The question? How will he escape?
You’ll find out in this fantastic short.

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  • Stian
  • 18-10-2019

Funny book but finished too quickly

Funny book but finished too quickly. Didn't realise it was so short. Felt kind of cheated not getting more of Pratchett's good humor.

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  • Heli
  • 07-01-2019

A lot shorter than other stories

Fun to be back following Rincewind but the story is quite short. The narration is very good.