• by Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by Stephen Briggs
  • 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The sea has taken everything.Thirteen-year-old Mau is the only one left after a giant wave sweeps his island village away. But when much is taken, something is returned, and somewhere in the jungle, Daphne - a girl from the other side of the globe - is the sole survivor of a ship destroyed by the same wave.Together, the two confront the aftermath of catastrophe. And slowly, other refugees arrive - children without parents, mothers without babies, husbands without wives - all of them hungry and all of them frightened. As Mau and Daphne struggle to keep the small band safe and fed, they defy ancestral spirits, challenge death himself, and uncover a long-hidden secret that literally turns the world upside down....Internationally revered storyteller Terry Pratchett presents a breathtaking adventure of survival and discovery, and of the courage required to forge new beliefs.


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Like a previous reviewer, I am a huge fan of Terry Pratchett's, but not blind to the fact that some of his novels are better than others.

That said, I've been listening to "Nation," and find it amazing. First of all, don't be mislead by the category of "young adult" reader. I'm pushing 60 pretty hard. The man reading this story does a truly fine job of interpreting characters and situations, and that alone makes this edition both worthwhile and entertaining.

But the real treasure here is Mr. Pratchett's understanding of the human spirit, and his ability to distill that which we all feel and know into a story. If Mr. Pratchett doesn't win some sort of recognition for this one, somebody's just not paying attention. It has everything: Brit humour, pathos, adventure, philosophy, anthropology, sociology, theology, and a stack of other 'ologies. And a rude parrot. And puking birds. It's really good.

I've read all of the Discworld series, and "Good Omens" as well, and feel that "Nation" is perhaps the best plotted story Pratchett has given us, if not his most meaningful philosophically. It is evident that he knew from the first page how he was going to reach the last page, as well as the points he wished to make while getting there. This book is a joy to read for any age and any level of understanding.
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- Amazon Customer "Harmless Drudge"

Why music?

Once again, a wonderful author's work is marred by "background music", a practice in books sold here that is increasing disturbingly. I want to hear the author's words, read by a good narrator (which Stephen Briggs is), and not some editor/director's idea of "mood music" to help me comprehend the story. With a storyteller like Terry Pratchett, no help is needed.

I would like to suggest that Audible put a warning on such recordings, perhaps something like, "Please note that this book has been recorded with background music that may detract from your enjoyment of the literature you thought you were purchasing." I, for one, would avoid books with such warnings. Another alternative in these days of easy audio editing would be to offer two versions: one with background music and one without.

By the way, this would of course have been a five star review provided that what I had received was an oral interpretation of the book that Mr. Pratchett wrote, instead of one that is "augmented" musically by some editor or "sound manager" who really needs to find another line of work, very quickly.
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- Kenneth W. James

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-30-2008
  • Publisher: HarperAudio