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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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By Josephine on 08-29-09

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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By Simon on 05-11-13

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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By Amanda on 01-22-12

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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By Kiz on 07-29-17

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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