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Unseen Academicals

Lu par : Stephen Briggs
Série : Discworld, Volume 37, Discworld: Rincewind, Volume 8
Durée : 12 h et 16 min
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Football has come to the ancient city of Ankh-Morpork - not the old fashioned, grubby pushing and shoving, but the new, fast football with pointy hats for goalposts and balls that go gloing when you drop them. And now, the wizards of Unseen University must win a football match, without using magic, so they're in the mood for trying everything else.

The prospect of the Big Match draws in a street urchin with a wonderful talent for kicking a tin can, a maker of jolly good pies, a dim but beautiful young woman, who might just turn out to be the greatest fashion model there has ever been, and the mysterious Mr Nutt (and no one knows anything much about Mr Nutt, not even Mr Nutt, which worries him, too. As the match approaches, four lives are entangled and changed for ever.

Because the thing about football - the important thing about football - is that it is not just about football.

©2009 Terry and Lyn Pratechett (P)2009 Random House Audio

Critiques

"At its heart, this is an intelligent, cheeky love letter to football, its fans and the unifying power of sports." ( Publishers Weekly)
"In short, this is as busy and as daft as any other Discworld yarn, which means it is the quintessence of daft. Nobody writes fantasy funnier than Pratchett." ( Booklist)

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Kent
  • 30/09/2010

Not Pratchetts best but still enjoyable

Pratchetts latest book fails to the reach truly dizzying heights he has been capable of.
As it stands it has to settle for merely being very good. Stephen Briggs is as brilliant as
always and certainly does his bit to ensure that the audio version compares well - or
perhaps even surpasses - the written work.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02/07/2019

Excellent humor

A typical Rincewind story about everyone's favourite game! Well narrated (i.e. excellent quality). A true joy to listen to :-)

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  • Lindy
  • 06/05/2019

Just excellent!

Couldn't put it away. Admittedly, I am a huge fan of the discworld novels and this is one of them that has many things and foot the ball.

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  • Jacobus
  • 07/04/2013

Mediocre Discworld

Have you read "Asterix and the Falling Sky"? Uderzo's drawings of Asterix and his friends are some of the best, but the story reaches a new low point. I am not sure if this is really the case with "Unseen Academicals" but it is really not one of Pratchett's best. There are individual episodes of brilliance in the book. You are also left with the feeling that this is supposed to be (partly al least) THE parody on the Harry Potter-series. Yet, it felt if the storyline lacked some of the Pratchett brilliance I have come to know and love.

Stephen Briggs, almost like always, does a superb job in the reading of the book. I think he brings the game of foot-the-ball sufficiently to life. If I have to choose between reading the book or listening to his interpretation, I would prefer his interpretative reading by far.

Like "Asterix and the Falling Sky" this book is definitely a must for Discworld die-hard fans. You are also guaranteed a chuckle or two, if you are not so familiar with the Discworld, but I have read and listened to better from Prachett's pen. Maybe, the Unseen University and its staff have become a just too familiar place and set of characters in the Discworld.

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  • Siri
  • 26/01/2013

I am terribly sorry, but not his best work.

I love nearly every book Terry Pratchett have written, but I believe that part of the reasen that I don't like it as much as the others is that it is abut fotbal, ore soccer as americans calles it.
Nott is a goblin, a rather big goblin, how likes fotbal. He is from a smal place in Ubervald, and Margalotha have taken him in as here word. Vetenari have goten him a job in the university.

The story is stil full of wonders, I still love the smaler details, and Normal life and the wonders of magic.

Stephen Brigg is a good reader and he is one of the tow people I like reading Discworld stories for me.

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  • Gavin
  • 14/01/2013

Love it

Would you listen to Unseen Academicals again? Why?

I don't typically re-read books, and I have never re-listened to an audiobook. That said it was very much an entertaining listen.

What did you like best about this story?

Just the way that Terry bends normal life into Ankmorpork life with a twist to make it larger and more important than it appears in our world, but no less important actually.

Have you listened to any of Stephen Briggs’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes and he does a great job. Could maybe do a bit more with the character's voice, but it does not detract from the entertainment content in my opinion.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There are always a few laugh out loud moments with Terry Pratchett, and this was no exception.

Any additional comments?

Keep up the great work. Audiobooks are a great way you get more out of a long and not always interesting drive.

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  • Robyn
  • 10/11/2011

Unseen Academicals

Unseen Acedemicals had me laughing and sometimes on edge in true Terry Pratchett form. The story sucked me in straight away and there was nothing I could do about it. Terry Pratchett is one of my favourite authors and all of his books have the same structure (but it works really well!), funny, tense, fantastical and dangerous. Some of the characters were just so well thought out. Mr. Nutt is amazing and had me wondering about his past and his future...

Overall this book gets a 5 star rating from me.

Read well.

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  • Judy
  • 02/11/2011

Pratchett is up to his usual standard

This is Pratchett up to his usual standard - imaginative, funny, cynical and really enjoyable. Tony Robinson reads Pratchett really well (although I think I slightly prefer Nigel Planer, who read some of the earlier audiobooks). I listen to my audio books whilst pedalling an exercise bike and using a rowing machine and Unseen Academicals makes a boring-but-good-for-you activity fun. :-) The wizards are learning to play football under the gudiance of one of the university's candle dribblers and we get an insight into the workings of the university's kitchens. Lord Vetinari also features. Unfortunately, no witches, but you can't have everything. Well worth the money.

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  • C. S.
  • 30/12/2009

solid work but not a revelation

Story: The last Disc World Novel builds mainly on known characters introducing an Orc (Mr. Nutt), Mr Sugarbean, Jewels and Trevor Likely. The story is mainly about the mystery of football and its fans intermingled with the subject of fashion hype, the innovation "micro mail", and rivalry between UU and the Dean's new university.
Reading: continued in the tradition of Stephen Briggs reading with enthusiasm and voices that we came to love and recognise. I personally like Nigel Planer better for his splendid intonation of Death but SB is a genius for dialects
Over all: the novel ranges between the early ones and high lights like the reaper man and offers the known and praised wit of TP together with a fairly arresting story.
I had fun listening and can recommend it to the fullest - already waiting for the next disc world novel.
PS: What wasn't necessary was the introduction of the god of football in the end - I see no need for that. Apart from that: a peace to cherish for all fans and a good follow up for all readers

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  • Adrian
  • 14/08/2010

love Pratchett but cant bear Briggs

I am unable to listen to more than 10 minutes of Unseen academicals due to the fact that to my ears it sounds like Stephen Briggs is just reading a list. This is my first and possibly last venture into audiobooks as I've been so disappointed by this experience, I've nothing personal against the man, and maybe I just have a very different rhythm of speech in my head than is read out loud, or maybe audiobooks are just not for me?

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  • Jörg P.
  • 27/01/2018

- says here the title is optional

It's my favourite book and Briggs is doing a good job reading it. A story about how to be decent which has definitely gained worth in my book.

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  • Matthias
  • 17/05/2011

Entertaining but not very deep

The reader was great (slang well done!), the storyline nice (if foreseeable) and the jokes often funny. A bit much of football for my taste, but that was clear from the start :-)

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  • Fisch, S.
  • 21/01/2010

nice but not top

clearly i had two problems with this audiobook, first i'm not a football fan, second i'm not native english speaking and as that had some problems with the dialect which seems to come with english football fans. the story in itself is nice and there is enough discworld humor and the usual suspects, but all in all it's one of the weaker novels in my bookkeeping. as a discworld novel i think it's average stuff. still i would buy it again as i am a fan of terry pratchett indeed.

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  • The Grey Falcon
  • 13/06/2018

overrated

to simple a storyline, not really humorous as earlier novels, the very last bit in the dnding was good though.

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  • Sylvia Mucke
  • 06/10/2016

Nicht Pratchett bester

ich liebe Terry Pratchetts Scheibenwelt-Romane, aber dieser ist ehrlich gesagt nicht mein Favorit. Trotzdem: Gewohnt unterhaltsam und scharfsinnig.

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Kaj
  • 20/02/2015

nice language, mediocre story

Not one of the best discworld novels. Good for learning the more subtle ways of the english language.
Storyline misses a climax and therefore the story is a bit of a drag. Wonderful TP-humour!

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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Jakob
  • 22/06/2011

Not quite great

Love Pratchett, this one left me lukewarm. Not sure if its just the book or if the narrator didn't do it for me. Somehow the characters didn't come as alive as in other Discworld books that I read on paper.