The Last Continent : Discworld

  • by Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by Nigel Planer
  • Series: Discworld
  • 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This is the Discworld's last continent, a completely separate creation.It's hot. It's dry...very dry. There was this thing once called The Wet, which no one believes in. Practically everything that's not poisonous is venomous. But it's the best bloody place in the world, all right?And it'll die in a few days, except....Who is this hero striding across the red desert? Champion sheep shearer, horse rider, road warrior, beer drinker, bush ranger, and someone who'll even eat a Meat Pie Floater when he's sober? A man in a hat whose luggage follows him on little legs, who's about to change history by preventing a swagman stealing a jumbuck by a billabong?Yes...all this place has between itself and wind-blown doom is Rincewind, the inept wizard who can't even spell wizard. worries, eh?Also, Terry Pratchett would like it to be known that The Last Continent is not a book about Australia. It's just vaguely Australian.


What the Critics Say

"Pratchett is the funniest parodist working in the field today, period." (The New York Review of Science Fiction)
"Terry Pratchett is simply the best humorous writer of the 20th century. Wodehouse, Waugh, Sharpe, etc. all have their merits, sometimes considerable, but Pratchett really is a cut above the rest." (Oxford Times)


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Customer Reviews

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Really poor sound quality

Great book, great story, but terrible sound quality on the transfer, sounds like a copy of a copy, disappointing really.
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- Bethany Black

It's all in the performance...

What did you like most about The Last Continent?

Terry Pratchett is a known quantity. I'm a huge fan but must admit that his earlier works appeal to me more. As a fantasy fiction devotee I found his increasingly modern allegories and focus on social commentary dissipated the escapism somewhat. Nonetheless, 'The Last Continent' is more 'old school'. Of course, the subject matter helps a great deal. (Not) Australia is practically a fantasy kingdom as it is.

However, for me, the real treasures here are the performers on Audible. Both Stephen Briggs and Nigel Planer are supreme. I've always enjoyed Tony Robinson's readings too but once you go unabridged, you can never go back. Being a child of the 80s and an avid 'Young Ones' fan I have a special affinity for Mr. Planer.

Here, as always, his characterisations are perfect; his Australian accent is consistently accurate and Rincewind has just enough 'Neil' to bring fuzzy, warm waves of nostalgia flooding back. His pacing and timing are immaculate and his textual narration has just enough colour and modulation to keep the listener's full attention.

In short, you buy the books to read Pratchett; you buy the audiobooks to experience him.

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- Little Raven

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-07-2007
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks