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Publisher's Summary

Most of us grow up having always known to touch wood or cross our fingers, and what happens when a princess kisses a frog or a boy pulls a sword from a stone, yet sadly, some of these things are now beginning to be forgotten. Legends, myths, and fairy tales: our world is made up of the stories we told ourselves about where we came from and how we got there. It is the same on Discworld, except that beings which on Earth are creatures of the imagination - like vampires, trolls, witches, and possibly, gods - are real, alive and in some cases kicking on the Disc.
In The Folklore of Discworld, Terry Pratchett teams up with leading British folklorist Jacqueline Simpson to take an irreverent yet illuminating look at the living myths and folklore that are reflected, celebrated, and affectionately libelled in the uniquely imaginative universe of Discworld.
©2008 Terry and Lyn Pratchett and Jacqueline Simpson (P)2012 Random House AudioGo
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By Sara on 08-27-12

An interesting listen

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As a big fan of Pratchett I had to check out this book and I found it interesting in general though I usually look for audiobooks I can listen to over and over. I can't imagine listening to this as often as most of my audiobooks but I don't regret getting this book as it compares the lore of our world to the lore of Discworld and I found it quite interesting. But if you are looking for another good story of Discworld this is not it. However if you often find yourself thinking "Where did Pratchett come up with that?", you should find this book interesting as well.

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By colleen on 08-26-12

I wish it could never end.

This is the perfect companion to the series and a educating look back at the books I love. If you enjoy the discworld I would reccomend this one.

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By Amazon Customer on 08-19-13

Very Disappointing

What would have made The Folklore of Discworld better?

The narrator appeared to have no interest in the book and read most of it in a very flat, almost monotonic voice, sounding thoroughly bored. Where he attempted to produce voices for the characters he was quite poor, IMO. The only thing that would improve this audio-book would be a complete re-recording with a narrator who had considerably more empathy.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Folklore of Discworld?

Listening to the discussion between the two authors at the very end.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

He showed no interest and less empathy, losing any trace of the whimsey inherent in any Pratchett book.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Grave disappointment.

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7 of 7 people found this review helpful


By April on 05-04-13

Fascinating.

We own this in paper format too, and I enjoyed it so much that I wanted it in this format to enjoy on the go. A couple of mispronunciations pulled me out of the narration a few times, but this is such a great book. Full of fascinating insights into the Discworld and our own folklore. It's also worth buying the whole audiobook just for the interview at the end with PTerry and Jacqueline Simpson.

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