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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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This is Pratchett at his subversive best. A welcome change to the Discworld books. In some ways you can ignore the 'Audible Kids' reference, that is simply because the protagonist is a teenager. This book can easily be enjoyed by the young and old alike. It is quite a dark story in some ways, so I would say it's maybe unsuitable for the really young, but maybe 12+ is the best ages.
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