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The Last Continent

Narrated by: Nigel Planer
Series: Discworld, Book 22, Discworld: Rincewind, Book 6
Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
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This is the Discworld's last continent, a completely separate creation.

It's hot. It's dry...very dry. There was this thing once called The Wet, which no one believes in. Practically everything that's not poisonous is venomous. But it's the best bloody place in the world, all right?

And it'll die in a few days, except....Who is this hero striding across the red desert? Champion sheep shearer, horse rider, road warrior, beer drinker, bush ranger, and someone who'll even eat a Meat Pie Floater when he's sober? A man in a hat whose luggage follows him on little legs, who's about to change history by preventing a swagman stealing a jumbuck by a billabong?

Yes...all this place has between itself and wind-blown doom is Rincewind, the inept wizard who can't even spell wizard. Still...no worries, eh?

Also, Terry Pratchett would like it to be known that The Last Continent is not a book about Australia. It's just vaguely Australian.

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Great tale from the disc

Really good book, good story (provided you can cross over with real world knowledge of Australia and you have read previous rincewind books from terry Pratchett).

Only disappointment was the fact that the audio quality leaves a lot to be desired at times with static from the original analogue recording nearly drowning the narrator

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Low audio quality, but still great

I love this book, but if you aren't familiar with the Australian references, you may appreciate it less. as an Australian, very funny. This performance is solid, but audio quality is down a bit. As a minor issue, I found the Australian accents one dimensional and without variation between characters, but that just may be me being picky as an Australian. Still enjoyable and I recommend strongly.

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Marvellous

It is hard to imagine how Terry Pratchett's books could be improved. Nigel Planer has managed it. The narration in this, and all Disc World books, is just sublime.

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Terry at his finest

No it's not Australia, but I like the idea of throwing pollies in jail as soon as they are elected to save time

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Good not Great

This one felt a lot like a filler book. still an interesting story but nothing special.

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  • Marit
  • 25-06-2019

My least favorite Discworld novel so far

Kind of struggled to finish this one. It had some funny moments, but it really didn't reel me in like Discworld usually does.

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  • Paul Swanson
  • 07-12-2017

Aussieness and wizards, could not be more perfect

Two worlds of fantacy colide with elements of Australian culture and the sublime storytelling of Terry Pratchett. Rincewind the Wizard is a charcter we love. Nigel Planer makes you feel like you are in the center of an epic adventure.

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  • Martina Barnett
  • 10-05-2016

Love the story!

This is still one of my favourite Terry Pratchett stories. I like Nigel Planet's interpretation of the characters too.

A shame about the sound quality though. I would wish for a better recording.

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  • Pam
  • 09-12-2015

The Last Continent

I enjoy Terry Pratchett's Discworld series very much. That said, in parts I find this book drags a bit, as if there is too much in it.
However, I will read/listen to it again sometime. This is about the 4th time I've either listened to or read this book.

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  • Katherine
  • 09-12-2012

Always enjoyable.

If you love TP, you will thoroughly enjoy this rendition of The Last Continent. As Aussies, we doubly appreciate TP's salute to Vegemite and Waltzing Matilda, and smile wryly at Nigel Planer's attempts at an Aussie accent. Cheers Mate.

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  • Simmons
  • 01-12-2012

The Origins of Australian Icons

Once again full of laughter out loud even on your own. Love Terry Pratchett's sense of humour and realistic view of the world. Make sure your sense of humour is open to the subtle bits. A total delight!

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  • Ian
  • 01-08-2012

Well performed, but story a bit try-hard in places

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

In general, there are plenty of laughs and digs, but this book trips up the formula - poke fun at things/ideas - and ends up trying too hard to make everyone else look silly. Mr Pratchett, in this book, proves to be a mixture of politically correct romantic on the one side, and ardent rationalist on the other. I've enjoyed his books till now, and hadn't noticed this tension before, but it definitely detracted from my enjoyment, to the point where I would feel like jumping forward in the recording, just to avoid his, once again, bludgeoning to death of some idea that he obviously doesn't like. It seems far from open-minded, and I'll probably think twice before I buy another of his more recent books.
The performance is, as always, nicely done by Nigel Planer, who I could easily listen to for hours ... as I just did!

Would you recommend The Last Continent to your friends? Why or why not?

Probably not, though happily there are many other Pratchett books that I would recommend :)

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  • Des
  • 11-07-2010

Typical Pratchett

a good Pratchett book

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  • Anna
  • 06-08-2016

Hiliarious and brilliant

One of my top 5 favourite Discworld books, strongly influenced no doubt by the hilarious narration of Nigel Planer. He captures the Exian essence brilliantly and once again is a voice I cannot disassociate from Rincewind. He IS Rincewind! Absolutely hilarious book, I listen to it often and still can't help the giggles.

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  • Bethany Black
  • 27-04-2015

Really poor sound quality

Great book, great story, but terrible sound quality on the transfer, sounds like a copy of a copy, disappointing really.

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  • Little Raven
  • 30-11-2014

It's all in the performance...

What did you like most about The Last Continent?

Terry Pratchett is a known quantity. I'm a huge fan but must admit that his earlier works appeal to me more. As a fantasy fiction devotee I found his increasingly modern allegories and focus on social commentary dissipated the escapism somewhat. Nonetheless, 'The Last Continent' is more 'old school'. Of course, the subject matter helps a great deal. (Not) Australia is practically a fantasy kingdom as it is.

However, for me, the real treasures here are the performers on Audible. Both Stephen Briggs and Nigel Planer are supreme. I've always enjoyed Tony Robinson's readings too but once you go unabridged, you can never go back. Being a child of the 80s and an avid 'Young Ones' fan I have a special affinity for Mr. Planer.

Here, as always, his characterisations are perfect; his Australian accent is consistently accurate and Rincewind has just enough 'Neil' to bring fuzzy, warm waves of nostalgia flooding back. His pacing and timing are immaculate and his textual narration has just enough colour and modulation to keep the listener's full attention.

In short, you buy the books to read Pratchett; you buy the audiobooks to experience him.

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  • Christopher Flynn
  • 12-03-2015

Great Book, audio quality complete rubbish!

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I wouldn't buy this book on Audible until they upgrade the audio quality. It's terrible. On the other hand the story is great and I loved Nigel Planners reading. I deleted and re-downloaded it about 4 times hoping the audio quality had been upgraded to no avail. This is the first Audible title I've listened to with bad audio quality and was surprised.

Would you be willing to try another one of Nigel Planer’s performances?

Yes

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  • Rad Pro
  • 07-04-2013

Pratchett at his funniest

As usual Terry manages to make me laugh whilst giving my brain a bit of a workout too. Worth re reading to pick up the aussie cultural references hidden in the text that I missed first time round. Nigel Planer isnt my favourite Pratchett narrator thats Tony Robinson, but ony Nigel does the unabridged readings. This is one of his better readings. Also features one of my favourite characters the librarian OOK!

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  • Heather
  • 25-04-2017

The Last Continent - so disappointed

Would you try another book written by Terry Pratchett or narrated by Nigel Planer?

Absolutely, have enjoyed most of the other books w have listened to, this one, apart from the odd one liners was a real disappointment, realy not sure why it was written

Has The Last Continent put you off other books in this genre?

no, but if the next few are no better then perhaps.

What about Nigel Planer’s performance did you like?

Good performance, quality of the recording really poor also so it was almost uncomfortable to listen to

If this book were a film would you go see it?

no

Any additional comments?

have really got into the disc world books, love all the characters, this book did not seem to have a purpose, felt like something to fill a gap, poorly, disappointed with mr Pratchett for this one

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  • Richard Irwin
  • 28-02-2017

Not Terry's best

No real plot just a series of tableau, some of which are amusing. Many just boring and over long.

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  • Marc
  • 12-05-2015

One of Terry Pratchetts best

One of his best parody novels, with the wizards at their best. The Four Ecksians certainly have the right idea on how to deal with politicians.

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  • stephen
  • 09-03-2015

Another pleasure to listen too!!

I have read and listened to over 20 of Terry Pratchett's books now and as ever "The Last Continent" does miss the mark. Probably up there with my top 3 favourite Pratchett novels so far! Full of Whitt, imagination and creativity not to mention it had me in stitches many a time. Very enjoyable and I would highly recommend it!

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  • Slogger
  • 04-02-2015

The very best Discworld book !!

Lots of great humour and the usual side splitting fun from Terry. Great send up of the Auzzie lifestyle.

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  • Stu
  • 08-05-2014

Not top Terry

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Only if a big Pratchett fan

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Ambivalent

Did Nigel Planer do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

Yep, he's the ideal discworld narrator

If this book were a film would you go see it?

Yes

Any additional comments?

Just not great Terry Pratchett, a little bit "by the numbers" and the story was disjointed. Goodnarration though.

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