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Strata

Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

The Company builds planets. Kin Arad is a high-ranking official of the Company. After 21 decades of living, and with the help of memory surgery, she is at the top of her profession.

Discovering two of her employees have placed a fossilised plesiosaur in the wrong stratum, not to mention the fact it is holding a placard that reads "End Nuclear Testing Now", doesn't dismay the woman who built a mountain range in the shape of her initials during her own high-spirited youth.

But then came a discovery of something that did intrigue Kin Arad. A flat earth was something new....

©2001 Terry and Lyn Pratchett (P)2002 Isis Publishing Ltd

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An unsual story.

The narrators choice of voice for one of the characters was a bit annoying. But the story kept me listening.

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Short but enjoyable.

Great book. The story feels short at the end like there is something missing. Overall though, no other writer compares to Pratchett.

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  • Josephine
  • 29-08-2009

how does this man think of these things?

I have just finished listening to this book, and the way Terry Prachetts mind works facinates me. I am almost completely blind but somehow this man lets me SEE the things he is talking about, and there is so much variety in his writing. This book takes us clear into a future that may or may not happen, but makes us wish that it would, no other writer makes me feel this way, and takes me laughing into his strange worlds.

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  • Simon
  • 11-05-2013

A miss step for Terry

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes as I'm a big Pratchett fan. No as it was, by far, the worst novel he has penned.

The characters where very thin, not 'believable'. I must admit I didn't really follow the plot. (and on this one occasion Terry lost the plot).

There where several occasions that sentences just didn't make sense.

Stephen does a good, though not as great a job as usual

This is only for die hard fans!

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  • Amanda
  • 22-01-2012

Strata - where DiscWorld probably began

When listening/reading this, it really should be remembered that this a very early book from TP. It is complicated - but I enjoy that. What I also find fascinating are the references that show the first glimmerings of the idea of discWorld emerging. And as ever with Terry's books, hidden in there is some very complex and interesting philosophy. Also, as ever, Stephen Briggs is brilliant - he doesn't merely narrate - he performs this book.

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  • Kiz
  • 29-07-2017

amazingly relevant considering when it was written

the thing about Pratchett is that he just knows how to write humans. even sci fi future humans..
this is a great story. love the fact it touches on discworld in a non magical setting.. screw about with physics a bit..nice.
read brilliantly with some tricky accents that are held very consistently.
recommended!

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  • Jay
  • 18-01-2017

Excellent performance of a great story.

A real shame storyline didn't get picked up again. As with any other Terry Pratchett work this is Quirky, Witty, Outstandingly Clever, and playfull.

This is a different taken on Terry.. clearly demonstrating an ability to captivate and build characters somehow using less words and engaging more imagination or the readers/listeners behalf..

..I'm already looking forward to the re-"read".

Terry left us all too soon...I'd like to think he's off stacking discworlds on the back of elephants standing on top of turtle's and hurtling the off through some far flung corner of space.

All the best,

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  • Neil Wren
  • 04-09-2015

Steven at his best with an okay story to read

While I did enjoy the book, ist wasn't one of Terry's best. Steven did his usual amazing job but even his tones couldn't cover up the fact that the story just wasn't that engaging, with a so so ending. Only saving grace were the supporting cast, with the 4 armed maniac reminding me of Cowan the Barbarian.

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  • Francis
  • 10-03-2019

Excellent story, like a scifi discworld

I loved the story, the audio was good for a vintage recording (in 2019, why can't it be re-recorded? ) except for the final few mins, I didnt get to hear how it ends. Overall, excellent. A general observation, I would love for this to turn into a multi book universe like the discworld series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-02-2019

Funny & Exiting whilst Grappling with Big Ideas

If your more familiar with the Disc World & Bromeliad series then this might be a bit of a jump.
Whilst the sense of humour is the same, that very Pratchett way of seeing the bizarre as mundane and the mundane as bizarre The world of this book is very different, fully formed and there is no easing you into it, it hits the ground running and doesn't stop to explain anything. The story dose begin to make sense as you read and in fact opens out into a huge and sprawling narrative that asks some big and important questions and attempts to answer them as well. In short it's pulling the same trick as Pratchett's other book in this vain 'The Dark Side of the Sun' which is also good but 'Strata' might be in fact trying to go even bigger.
The production is a little rough around the edges, this is the same recording i first herd on cassette tape over 20 years ago but it holds up well. In short if you like Sci Fi and / or Pratchett and your willing to give it the time i think you will be pleasantly surprised.

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  • peter
  • 12-09-2018

Exceptional great alternative to evolution

it's brilliant, get lost in the alternate reality. evolution as it should be.... Man made

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  • Tristan Bailey
  • 06-05-2018

Interesting sideways journey into discworld

This book is interesting as it’s a sci fi style take on visiting discworld and its builders rather than the people on it. It sets of one way and gets the characters together then visits and escapes from the world.

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  • Andrew T.
  • 15-01-2017

Creationism meets the Disk

This is a great book weather you enjoy monsters, spaceships or just people trying to survive in an illogical world. Terry asks and "answers" many of our deepest questions 'who are we?' 'Where do we come from?' And ' what the disk is that?'
Ever wondered what life round be like if the flat earth society were right? Read on my friend, read on.

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  • Bug
  • 12-12-2016

A great light story, for young and old...

I have read Strata several times and when I saw the audiobook it was a must have.
It's an easy listen, where the story flows. All characters are given equal weight by Stephen Briggs, who captures the individual character well.