The World of Poo

  • by Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by Helen Atkinson-Wood
  • 2 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From Snuff: "Vimes looked at the cover. The title was The World of Poo. When his wife was out of eyeshot he carefully leafed through it. Well, okay, you had to accept that the world had moved on and these days’ fairy stories were probably not going to be about twinkly little things with wings. As he turned page after page, it dawned on him that whomever had written this book, they certainly knew what would make kids like Young Sam laugh until they were nearly sick. The bit about sailing down the river almost made him smile. But interspersed with the scatology was actually quite interesting stuff about septic tanks and dunnakin divers and gongfermors and how dog muck helped make the very best leather, and other things that you never thought you would need to know, but once heard somehow lodged in your mind."
Helen Atkinson-Wood is an actress and presenter. She is probably best known as Mrs. Miggins in Blackadder the Third. She has been twice nominated by The British Comedy Awards - Best Female Performer - for BBC's Radio Active and KYTV. She starred in Ben Elton's West End play Silly Cow and guests on QI and Have I Got News for You. Helen enjoys poo picking in Suffolk, where she has a horse and a home.

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Its about Pooh without an h, but with humor

I usually don't start with the narrator of an audio book, but in this case I must! After listening to Stephen Briggs, Nigel Planer and Tony Robinson bringing the Discworld to life, I thought that no other narrator can ever be in the same class as the three of them. Helen Atkinson-Wood has proven me wrong. What an excellent narration of "The World of Poo"! She didn't only bring the characters to life, she sketched them vividly and in full colour on the canvass of your mind.

That brings us to "Miss Felicity Beedle's The World of Poo." In "Snuff", Terry Pratchett's last Discworld novel, Commander Samuel Vimes' son becomes entranced by Miss Felicity Beedle's "The World of Poo." Thus starting as a parody on books like "The Story of the Little Mole Who Knew It Was None of His Business" (Werner Holzwarth), this book got a life of its own, starting of as an idea in a novel and becoming a Discworld story on its own.

Starting of with Miss Beedle's Foreword, Pratchett opens up the importance of poo to those who would ordinarily only laugh at it in some or other crude joke. Geoffrey is a little boy visiting his grandmother in Ankh Morpork where he becomes interested in this smelly subject. This ensures not only a heartily laugh or a chuckle here and there, but envelops the reader on a new take things like recycling, money, the yellow river Ankh and well... you know... poo. With Geoffrey you will meet some well-known Ankhmorpork characters from a different angle, even gargoyles are given a chance to show what they've got!

I really enjoyed the story, even if it left some odour behind. What type of Discworld book is it? It is short, with enough of a pong for adults to enjoy, but I am sure that I will wait for my daughter to grow up a lot more, before I might read it to her. ... In the mean time, my wife can listen to it.
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- Jacobus "When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else."

Opps its for kids

We grabed this thinking it wold be fun typical Terry Pratchett, nope its for children.
It was well read and im sure there is some sort of fun and learning about poo for kids but its not for adults
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- paul

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-07-2012
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks