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Publisher's 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.

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Critic Reviews

"Pratchett is the funniest parodist working in the field today, period." (The New York Review of Science Fiction)
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A philosophical drama about the human condition

I think this was my most favourite of Terry Pratchett'stories. An amazing adventure as always, but a philosophical twist. An interesting perspective on religion, war, evil and good.

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funny as!!

Provocative, fantastical tale about belief, god, church politics, war, and human tendencies with the usual pithy Terry Pratchett humour at its best. Couldn't put it down or turn Audible off...I was hooked because The Turtle Moves!

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this book has a brilliant ending

loved it pretty much the whole way through. it did make me really tense towards the end

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Sarcastically Brilliant

This is a book that breathes life into the story even before you read a word. The characters are magical, the plot is so well done and it leaves you wondering about whether the story has a grander narative or whether it was just a great reading experience. I'm not the keenest Nigel planner fan when it comes to his narration but the voices were very well done if only the sound didn't keep having distortions or changing volume.

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Wonderful place to begin

I've long wanted to read Terry Pratchett and had never known where to begin, as he is so prolific in his writing. After starting with Small God's, I am a convert and will listen and read the rest! such a brilliant book and so well performed. It's a rare thing to see philosophy and theology presented in such an approachable and funny way. I simply loved it! The only issue I had was the quality of the recording, which is ok if you're using headphones but not much else.

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Loved Small Gods

Fantastic witty lines. Fabulous humour. I thought that the performane was great. Recommend for a light read

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Great listen

Love it! Another great listen!Terry and Nigel work so well together! Another really enjoyable book.

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  • kev
  • 02-06-2017

My favourite discworld book so far

This book has some really insightful views on philosophy, religion, atheism and humanity all with the measured lunacy I love from Terry Pratchett. Brilliant

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 26-11-2019

good book. but bad quality.

a very Good Pratchett book. the one thing I don't like is the bad quality of the recording. it's not great from the start. but gets worse after about half the book. other than that a very enjoyable experience.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-11-2019

Certainly one of Sir Terry's best ever!

Nigel Planer was born to read Pratchett, the characters come ALIVE. Sir Terry's wit and imagination are, as always, superb.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-08-2018

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
  • 23-02-2018

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
  • 16-02-2018

Awesome

I love all of Pratchett's work and this was no exception. Excellent characterization by Nigel Planer

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  • bindibelle
  • 28-04-2016

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
  • 21-02-2016

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
  • 15-03-2015

Perhaps my favorite book

audio quality was poor, but this is an old recording. Loved every moment of it.

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  • Anna
  • 08-03-2015

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
  • 27-01-2015

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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  • Franny T
  • 25-04-2016

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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  • Andrew J Chamberlain
  • 09-12-2015

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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  • 5below
  • 28-04-2018

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I love this story and have heard it over and over, will again. Try it, you'll like it!

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  • Erika
  • 14-03-2019

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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  • Anthony
  • 13-05-2018

oooh! this one is very good! moved me!

oooh! this one is very good! moved me! That's about all I have to say. listen to or read it.

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  • Marc Lawrence
  • 04-04-2015

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-11-2020

Amazing story from the disc world

I love every bit of this book really makes you think about religion as a whole and what people would be without it or too much of it. Still if religion isn't your thing its still a really funny and great story from the disc world series.

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  • Jordan Stott
  • 31-08-2020

Another brilliant book

What can I say? Small Gods is another amazing book, written by the late Terry Pratchett and read by Nigel Planer. I love listening to these books, I cant reccomend them enough!

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  • connor29
  • 23-04-2020

wonderful.

Nigel Planar does a great job. Excellent book anyway. Terry Pratchett is/was the King. Mayherestinpeace.

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  • Flossie16
  • 17-02-2020

Religion and Philosophy in the Looking Glass.

I return to this story repeatedly and am never disappointed. It may be that Pratchett has a formula but it is put to such good use! Profound, clever and never boring. Nigel Planer gives us yet another flawless reading. He is like the frame to a painting, enhancing without drawing attention to itself.

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