The Globe : Science of Discworld

  • by Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen
  • Narrated by Steven Briggs, Michael Fenton Stevens
  • Series: Science of Discworld
  • 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Roundworld, aka Earth, is under siege. Are three wizards and an orangutan Librarian enough to thwart the Elvish threat?
When the wizards of Unseen University first created Roundworld, they were so concerned with discovering the rules of this new universe that they overlooked its inhabitants entirely. Now, they have noticed humanity. And humanity has company. Arriving in Roundworld, the wizards find the situation is even worse than they'd expected. Under the elves' influence, humans are superstitious, fearful, and fruitlessly trying to work magic in a world ruled by logic. Ridcully, Rincewind, Ponder Stibbons, and the orangutan Librarian must travel through time to get humanity back on track and out of the dark ages.
The Globe goes beyond science to explore the development of the human mind. Terry Pratchett and his acclaimed co-authors Ian Stewart and Jack Cohen combine the tale of the wizards rewriting human history with discussions of the origins and evolution of culture, language, art, and science, offering a fascinating and brilliantly original view of the world we live in.

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What the Critics Say

"For Pratchett and Discworld devotees the volume is, of course, compulsory reading, but even science buffs who would normally eschew anything resembling fantasy will find much here to pique their interests.... The book adds another whimsical episode to Discworld lore and contrasts the magical 'rules' of Pratchett’s realm with the human world’s more logic-oriented science." (Booklist)
"The hard science is as gripping as the fiction." (The Times (London))

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

So disappointing

I love Tp, but I couldn't get through this one... The story could have been much better w/o all the back and forth between story and science footnotes... The odd numbered chapters had some entertaining qualities, but kept being interrupted by the even numbered chapters and their hyperboice and prolixly imagined science/philosophy meanderings... I returned this one w/o finishing... It was very distracting and easy to put down, and I don't put down good books...
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- Sandra "Blind listener reading everything, especially sf&f & mystery/thrillers, restricted to audio so picky where credits are spent #BooksRule"

Sneaky Science

If you expected just another Diskworld novel, you've come to the wrong place.
The actual story is slim and the Diskworld bits are short.
If you can see past that, you get treated to simple to understand science facts, read so that you will have no problems following along.

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- G. Fischer "Wishy"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-20-2015
  • Publisher: Random House Audio