Terra

  • by Mitch Benn
  • Narrated by Mitch Benn
  • 6 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

An SF fable for the young-at-heart from stand-up comedian and satirical song-writer Mitch Benn.
No-one trusts humanity. No-one can quite understand why we're intent on destroying the only place we have to live in the Universe. No-one thinks we're worth a second thought. And certainly no-one is about to let us get off Rrth. That would be a complete disaster.
But one alien thinks Rrth is worth looking at. Not humanity, obviously, we're appalling, but until we manage to kill every other living thing on the planet there are some truly wonderful places on Rrth and some wonderful creatures living in them. Best take a look while they're still there.
But on one trip to Rrth our alien biologist causes a horrendous accident. The occupants of a car traveling down a lonely road spot his ship (the sort of massive lemon coloured, lemon shaped starship that really shouldn't be hanging in the sky over a road). Understandably the Bradbury's crash (interrupting the latest in a constant procession of bitter rows). And in the wreckage of their car our alien discovers a baby girl. She needs rescuing. From the car. From Rrth. From her humanity.
And now eleven years later a girl called Terra is about to go to school for the first time. It's a very alien experience...
Terra is a charming and hilarious satirical fable. A story about how odd and alien we are. And a story about how human odd aliens are. It tells the story of a girl who grows up in a very different world, who gains a unique perspective on our world and a unique perspective on her new home. A girl who can teach us and them a lot. A girl living in an extraordinary world that is spiraling into a terrible war.

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Funny, touching and beautifully read

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

Mitch Benn's reading brought even more warmth and humour to the story than the words on the printed page.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Terra?

Haha, no spoilers, can't tell you. But some of the nods to Douglas Adams' writing raised a smile.


Which character – as performed by Mitch Benn – was your favourite?

The more obvious 'character' parts, precocious Fthfth, accident-prone Pktk and officious Vstj, add colour to the tale, but the warmth between Terra and Lbbp was beautifully portrayed and, for me, where the performance stood out as more than just a 'reading'.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I had to break my listening into about three sessions, but each time I was impatient to come back to it.


Any additional comments?

This is a heartwarming story in a similar vein to E. T. and would be a great introduction to sci-fi for a younger audience. Existing fans of the genre and geeks in general will enjoy that the 'sci' in this sci-fi hasn't been sidestepped or excessively dumbed-down.

Highly, highly recommended.

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- Amazon Customer

Aimed at a younger demographic than this reader

Terra is an engaging story, with engaging characters, set in an engaging universe. I listened right through in just a couple of sittings, and enjoyed it thoroughly. However, (you were expecting a ‘however’, weren’t you?) I did find the language and plot to be aimed at a much younger audience. If you have a 12 year old sci-fi obsessed daughter, she will love it.

Mitch Benn (as you can expect from an accomplished musical stand-up) is expressive and . . can I say ‘engaging’ again? He is more than capable of expressing the many, varying characters in his story through use of different voices and intonations, and has that kind of quirky edge to his voice that keeps a listener interested throughout.
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- Sam Roebuck

Book Details

  • Release Date: 18-07-2013
  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Group