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Small Gods

Discworld, Book 13
Narrated by: Nigel Planer
Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
5 out of 5 stars (103 ratings)
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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...

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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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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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  • 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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  • Nighteyes
  • 07-03-2013

somewhat confusing...

What did you like best about Small Gods? What did you like least?

i found this perticular story to be quite confusing, but i admit that it might be because it took me a long time to get through the book and i only got to listen to it for short amounts of time at any given time so that might be why i had trouble following the story

Would you be willing to try another book from Terry Pratchett? Why or why not?

i've read or listened to almost all of his books so indeed yes :)

What about Nigel Planer’s performance did you like?

Nigel has a good strong voice that i never get annoyed with or tired of listening to

Was Small Gods worth the listening time?

no, but like i said, that might be due to real life making me unable to follow my usual listening habits

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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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  • 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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  • MattC
  • 14-01-2019

Enjoyable, from start to finish 😁

A wonderful tale, full of allegories, lessons and fun!

Great bedtime listening!

Loved every minute!

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  • Matt Austin
  • 14-11-2018

always brilliant

always brilliant, this book is a great addition to the other books in the disc world

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  • JR
  • 13-11-2018

Excellent

Excellent except for sightly fuzzy sound quality. Didn't stop me enjoying it though. Great book.

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  • Robyn
  • 25-10-2018

Get the Abridged

I love the Discworld but this one is slow. You could probably get away with the abridged edition.

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  • Katie
  • 18-10-2018

Always listen to the tortoise...

Another amazing instalment of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld.
The story:
Brutha can hear a voice in his head, but no one else can. The voice is coming from a small, yellow tortoise, covered in dust with chips on its shell and one beady eye... the creature believes it is the Great God Om - but he was a big horned bull.
Tortoise Om must convince Brutha that he is who he says he is, and avoid being eaten cause there’s good eating on tortoises’. Om needs believers to grow strong and must discover why when thousands pray to him they don’t actually believe... maybe Vorbis is the key?

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  • gina
  • 15-08-2018

Small Gods

Not as compelling as most Terry and Pratchett books, it took some while to get into the Storey, a different sort of humour.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-07-2018

Brilliant maybe Terry's best! Narration spot on!

This book was spellbinding and brilliant when reading it, which i have done many times. The listening experience added a new, lovely layer of enjoyment to this perfect story.

Nigel planer's narration was as brilliant as the authors story line! Excellently defined characters! I won't add much more as anything too specific may ruin other listeners enjoyment.

Just get it and listen to an utterly unique book. Sir Terry Pratchett at his very best, and Nigel Planer narrated wonderfully well!