The Science of Discworld III : Science of Discworld

  • by Terry Pratchett, Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen
  • Narrated by Stephen Briggs, Michael Fenton Stevens
  • Series: Science of Discworld
  • 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Roundworld is in trouble again, and this time it looks fatal. Having created it in the first place, the wizards of Unseen University feel vaguely responsible for its safety. They know the creatures who lived there escaped the impending Big Freeze by inventing the space elevator - they even intervened to rid the planet of a plague of elves, who attempted to divert humanity onto a different time track. But now it's all gone wrong - Victorian England has stagnated and the pace of progress would embarrass a limping snail.
Unless something drastic is done, there won't be time for anyone to invent spaceflight and the human race will be turned into ice pops. Why, though, did history come adrift? Was it Sir Arthur Nightingale's dismal book about natural selection? Or was it the devastating response by an obscure country vicar called Charles Darwin, whose bestselling Theology of Species made it impossible to refute the divine design of living creatures? Either way, it's no easy task to change history, as the wizards discover to their cost. Can the God of Evolution come to humanity's aid and ensure Darwin writes a very different book? And who stopped him writing it in the first place?

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Can't stop reading

The world is a wonderful place and books like these make us appreciate it more deeply. I feel so enriched.
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- X. Luo

misleading description

Would you try another book written by the authors or narrated by Stephen Briggs and Michael Fenton Stevens ?

definitely not from this mix of authors working together.


What was most disappointing about the authors’s story?

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The description is so misleading. The book is one eight story and seven eights school level science (albeit interestingly delievered), but the description leads the reader to believe it is a regular Discworld story, with the regular characters involved elsewhere.

Of course, it’s up to the writers what they put in books, but it is disingenuous to sneak in a science lesson into a few Prachett chapters without giving the customer the choice of accepting or rejecting that format.

I accept that Audible probably relies on the publisher’s description, but fell irritated enough to want to moan at someone! I read loads of science stuff for work, the last thing I want is a Janet and John history when I should be away in the magic of Discworld!


Would you be willing to try another one of Stephen Briggs and Michael Fenton Stevens ’s performances?

Stephen Briggs yes


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

see above, Irritation. I enjoy Discworld series very much as it is pure escapism. I would not have brought this book had I understood the format from the description.


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- annette

Book Details

  • Release Date: 27-09-2012
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks