Pyramids : Discworld

  • by Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by Nigel Planer
  • Series: Discworld
  • 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It isn't easy, being a teenage pharaoh. You're not allowed to carry money, uninhibited young women peel your grapes for you, everyone thinks you're responsible for making the sun rise and the corn grow, you keep dreaming about seven thin cows and seven fat cows (one of them playing the trombone), and on top of everything else, the Great Pyramid has just exploded because of paracosmic instability. And then you've got to deal with all these assassins, sphinxes, huge wooden horses, mad high priests, philosophers, sacred crocodiles, gods, marching mummies, jobbing pyramid builders and Hat, the Vulture-Headed God of Unexpected Guests.
And all you really wanted was the chance to do something for young people and the inner cities.


What the Critics Say

"There's no end to the wacky wonders...No fantasy is as consistently, inventively mad...wild and wonderful." (Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine)


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Customer Reviews

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Almost perfect

Although Pyramids doesn't seem to be in the top ten fav list of Terry's books, it should be. It has all the normal Pratchett intricately woven craziness and I highly recommend it.

My one big gripe is not with the book, but with the narration. Nigel Planer is, in general, very good, but whoever told him how to pronounce the name of the lead feminine character should be shot.

In the annotations portion of L-Space (an on-line site devoted to Terry Pratchett that every fan should visit) they say that Terry says that the name Ptraci should be pronounced "Tracy" with a silent 'p'. Part of the reason is that the name Tracy is common British slang for a clueless female.

Throughout the entire book, Nigel insists on pronouncing the name PaTRAchee which absolutely drove me crazy. I found myself shouting "It's TRACY!!" as I drove down the road. Luckily, I have air conditioning so my windows are always rolled up (I live where it's always warm).

Nevertheless, if you can deal with PaTRAchee, it's a wonderful book in the delightful Terry Pratchett tradition.
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- Pam "anelar"


“Pyramids” may not be my favorite Discworld novel, but I loved it nonetheless. It fits in perfectly with the rest of the Discworld universe and was absolutely wonderful to read.

My only issue is that 3-4 hours in, the narration changes from Nigel Planer to someone who sounds more like Stephen Fry and then a few more hours later it goes back to Nigel Planer (the same thing happened in “Sourcery”). Both voices are great for narration and it doesn’t hurt the story in any way. I just found the switch to be a bit odd. Otherwise, the book is a wonderful read and I highly recommend it to anyone delving further in to the Discworld universe.
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- M.B.

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-31-2003
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books