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The acclaimed Science of Discworld centred on an original Pratchett story about the Wizards of Discworld. In it they accidentally witnessed the creation and evolution of our universe, a plot which was interleaved with a Cohen & Stewart non-fiction narrative about Big Science. In The Science of Discworld II our authors join forces again to see just what happens when the wizards meddle with history in a battle against the elves for the future of humanity on Earth. London is replaced by a dozy Neanderthal village.
The Renaissance is given a push. The role of fat women in art is developed. And one very famous playwright gets born and writes The Play. Weaving together a fast-paced Discworld novelette with cutting-edge scientific commentary on the evolution and development of the human mind, culture, language, art, and science, this is a book in which 'the hard science is as gripping as the fiction'. (The Times)
©2002 Terry and Lyn Pratchett, Joat Enterprises, Jack Cohen (P)2012 Random House AudioGo
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By Vlad S. on 09-25-12

Amazing book (not a Discworld nowel)

Would you listen to The Science of Discworld II: The Globe again? Why?

I'd listen to this and previous book because it is too many facts to grasp at once

What other book might you compare The Science of Discworld II: The Globe to and why?

Please, do not compare it to other Discworld books. This is not a novel at all. This is more a textbook, about scientific point of view on things, rather than novel. It is not about wizards, it is about Earth nature, people, evolution etc

Any additional comments?

Science of Discworld is amazing books about science of our world. Not just facts. It is great introduction into modern science world-view. Highly recommended for high school kids, may be university students. Great job, Terry and company.

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By Lyndel on 11-02-14

Don't buy this book. Don't believe was written by Sir Prachett..

What disappointed you about The Science of Discworld II: The Globe?

Alternate chapters all the way thru....one mediocre story and bad narration the next waffle of strange science..reads like drunken rave. I gave up after 3 chapters..it is terrible. I loved all other Prachett books. I suggest Witches Abroad if you are new to Terry Pratchett....the best fun in audio listening

Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

Only Terry Pratchett. The others were Rubbish!

How could the performance have been better?

Yes, the narration was off...all others I've listened to were brilliant!

What character would you cut from The Science of Discworld II: The Globe?

The alternate chapters were garbage.

Any additional comments?

This book is terrible...I'm a huge Pratchett fan it's hard to believe he had any input at all...very hard to believe Sir Pratchett wrote a single word.

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By Matt Davis on 07-07-12

Big Science and Fantasy hold hands

A warm and friendly book that has fun along the way and doesn't take its self too seriously. The Big Science bit ambles along with a nudge and a wink, the Fantasy side adds a respectful nod and gets on with what makes it sell millions. But bear in mind that this is not a DiscWorld book.

TSoD Pt 1 was a bit of a good natured panel debate between two opposing camps. Pt 2 is an out and out collusion but absolutely none the worse and all for the better for that.

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By MartinL on 07-26-15

sequel better then first book

Excellent got even better! I have listened to book I for curiosity and I fell in love with it. This second book is even better. It is more up to date and address issues that are going on in the current world.
If you love Discworld and you have "a little" scientist in you you will love all characters. Not sure about Fairy folk. I prefer them in "Tolkien like" form but this is completely different book.
Amazing performance from Michael Fenton Stevens and Stephen Briggs. I got completely immersed into the story and I felt like there are at least five more narrators in the book. I look forward to listening to book III.
This should be on reading list in school. I am sure kids would learn more if all science is presented like this.

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By Samuel on 05-25-15

Compare and Contrast: Earth and Disc

Pratchett, Stewart and Cohen nail it....

Better than John Oliver!

A lot of the discourse in this is about the need for narrative to change the world, the way our society sees things, and to save the known universe from a mysterious force that's popped up in a thaumaturgical soup that interacted with a portly wizard's finger, resulting in a new universe.

Book 2 of the Science of Discworld is probably my favorite Pratchett book, and the science isn't that hard to follow, especially if you pause and wiki any of the things you don't get.

A great way to get into discworld, and acquire some knowledge along the way!

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