• by Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by Stephen Briggs
  • 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Finding himself alone on a desert island when everything and everyone he knows and loved has been washed away in a huge storm, Mau is the last surviving member of his nation. He's also completely alone - or so he thinks until he finds the ghost girl. She has no toes, wears strange lacy trousers like the grandfather bird and gives him a stick that can make fire.
Daphne, sole survivor of the wreck of the Sweet Judy, almost immediately regrets trying to shoot the native boy. Thank goodness the powder was wet and the gun only produced a spark. She's certain her father, distant cousin of the Royal family, will come and rescue her, but it seems, for now, all she has for company is the boy and the foul-mouthed ship's parrot.
As it happens, they are not alone for long. Other survivors start to arrive to take refuge on the island they all call the Nation, and then raiders accompanied by murderous mutineers from the Sweet Judy. Together, Mau and Daphne discover some remarkable things - including how to milk a pig and why spitting in beer is a good thing - and start to forge a new Nation.
As can be expected from Terry Pratchett, the master story-teller, this new children's novel is both witty and wise, encompassing themes of death and nationhood, while being extremely funny. Mau's ancestors have something to teach us all. Mau just wishes they would shut up about it and let him get on with saving everyone's lives!


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Best Book Ever

What made the experience of listening to Nation the most enjoyable?

In Nation, Pratchett dispenses with his usual Disc World plots and give us instead a This World plot from our not very distant past with, of course, a typical Pratchett-esque twist. Taking history on a slightly different course to emphasize a point, Pratchett does that which he does so very well - makes us look at ourselves a little differently. He does so with a great deal of wit and humor, giving us heroes and heroines to root for, and a cadre of supporting characters to completely charm us. And just maybe, if we aren't careful, we might end up learning something.

Read most excellently by Stephen Briggs, this is an audiobook for anyone who likes a good adventure yarn.

What does Stephen Briggs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Briggs does an excellent job of narrating. It's clear that he is enjoying the story just as much as the listener, and he really brings all the characters to life. It's like listening to the best ever bedtime story-teller.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Mau's epiphany on the water, when he realizes that however flawed the gods of his world have proven to be, they serve a purpose.

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- Christina

I tried I really did

this book just didn't do it for me at all. maybe because the narrator made it seem so fake, maybe because the story line is just hard to grasp. maybe if I was really stoned I would have liked it, but I think it had a truly pathetic story made no sense whatsoever. I want my credit back
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- William A. Rossin

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-22-2010
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks