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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (13,646 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Terry Pratchett Narrator: Stephen Briggs Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The sea has taken everything.

Thirteen-year-old Mau is the only one left after a giant wave sweeps his island village away. But when much is taken, something is returned, and somewhere in the jungle, Daphne—a girl from the other side of the globe—is the sole survivor of a ship destroyed by the same wave.

Together, the two confront the aftermath of catastrophe. And slowly, other refugees arrive—children without parents, mothers without babies, and husbands without wives—all of them hungry and all of them frightened. As Mau and Daphne struggle to keep the small band safe and fed, they defy ancestral spirits, challenge death himself, and uncover a long-hidden secret that literally turns the world upside down.

Internationally revered storyteller Terry Pratchett presents a breathtaking adventure of survival, discovery, and of the courage required to forge new beliefs.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A wonderful story, by turns harrowing and triumphant.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A novel of ideas, a ferocious questioning of vested cultural attitudes and beliefs. A terrific, thought-provoking book.” 

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Neatly balancing the somber and the wildly humorous in a riveting tale of discovery, Pratchett shows himself at the height of his powers.”  

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A searching exploration of good and evil, fate and free will, both as broad and as deep as anything this brilliant and, happily, prolific author has produced so far.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A 2009 Audie Award Finalist
  • A 2009 Michael L. Printz Award Finalist
  • Winner of the 2008 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature
  • A 2008 ALA Best Book for Young Adults
  • A 2008 School Library Journal Best Book
  • A 2008 Booklist Editors’ Choice for Young Adults
  • A 2008 Publishers Weekly Best Book
  • Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books, Best Book for Teens 2008
  • A 2008 ALA Notable Book
  • A 2009 Mythopoeic Award Nominee for Children's Literature
  • Winner of the 2009 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award
  • A 2009 ALA Odyssey Award Honor Audiobook
  • A 2009 Locus Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Carmine | 2/16/2014

    " AMAZING! One of the best books I've read last decade. Sorry in a rush and can't write more- not that there is a short of description or reviews available about Nation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sebastian | 2/4/2014

    " A delightful change of pace from Pratchett here. Poignant and stunningly observed/realised as always. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by ♥Emily♥ | 1/20/2014

    " I quit this one 1/4 of the way through. I've heard its really good, but I didnt really like it. Its just not MY thing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Andrea | 1/17/2014

    " Loved this original and inventive tale written for 12 and up. Complete LOL humor for me, although much of it would possibly go over the heads of younger readers. The characters are fresh and engaging. Will definitely read this one to my almost 10-year-old later this year! "

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