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3.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 5 3.74 (34 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Terry Pratchett Narrator: Richard Mitchley Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2011 ISBN:
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As the mighty alien fleet from the very latest computer game thunders across the computer screen, Johnny prepares to blow them into the usual million pieces. And they send him a message: We surrender. They're not supposed to do that! They're supposed to die. And computer joysticks don't have 'Don't Fire' buttons. But it's only a game... isn't it. Isn't it?

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maren | 2/12/2014

    " what a great book to be entertaining and have some simple social ethos. the main character was interesting without being over-the-top, and the mixing of reality and dream/game space superb. i may have to get my daughter to read this one... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eva Mitnick | 1/29/2014

    " Pratchett manages to preach a not-at-all-didactic message about the importance of being mindful about the consequences of your actions, even as he delivers an entertaining SF tale of a video game that is all too real for the aliens being constantly attacked by the human kids playing the game. Written around the period of the Gulf War in the early 90s, the story draws several obvious parallels between the unreal quality of the real war being shown nightly on television and the violence happening on kids' monitors during their virtual wars. Although Pratchett explains the context briefly in the 2004 U.S. release of this edition, I'm not sure if this will sink in with the average reader. It probably doesn't matter - the idea that the addiction to indiscriminately blowing things up, even when it's "not real," might be a harmful impulse will most like penetrate. And if not, it's an exciting and funny read nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 1/4/2014

    " A really good what if type of a story, especially if you ever played Space Invaders. There are a couple questions concerning the aliens and the game that Pratchett doesn't answer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mignon | 1/1/2014

    " Another great story by Pratchett. He must wake up every morning and think, "What should I make fun of today?" And then he proceeds with mockery while sneaking in valuable social insights. This book is shorter than most of his other books, but it made for great audiobook listening on a four-hour road trip. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James | 12/28/2013

    " 12-year-old Johnny Maxwell uses video games like "Only You Can Save Mankind" to escape from his household and preteen woes. When the foes from the game unexpectedly surrender to him, Johnny must defend a race of aliens from the entire human race, i.e., the world of video game players, who seem to be bloodthirsty savages. Highly entertaining and satirical, though a little preachy at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Reenbean | 12/28/2013

    " middle-school level Terry Pratchett. The era was hilarious and sobering by turns. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 12/15/2013

    " was fun =) Though, hard to find at first. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas | 12/8/2013

    " Unusually hamfisted; it seems like the sort of thing Pratchett would write in a few hours in reaction to seeing on Stormin' Norman on the telly (if that's still a word people use). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tyson | 11/15/2013

    " Didn't love it. I think it is targeted for readers just younger than the typical "teen fiction" books I prefer. Interesting story, great concept. I just didn't think it was that great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chrystal | 10/31/2013

    " My husband is a Terry Pratchett fan and I've read many of his books to help us relate to each other. It is fun to see the different style and personality of science fiction. It took me a while to catch on to his sense of humor, but now I laugh out loud while I read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bartosz | 10/13/2013

    " Video Game and Sci-Fi fans (like myself) can add 1 to the score for a total of 4 - it will obviously be more appealing to them. For the rest - 3. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 9/28/2013

    " such a cool premise, high hopes, but got kind of boring. I skimmed through the end. Now I am reading book 2 in this trilogy...it is so much better, and I think I could have read it without having read this one first. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate Millin | 6/17/2013

    " Read and enjoyed for the 2nd time - a different view of the morals of computer war gaming contrasted with the first Gulf war. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew | 6/9/2013

    " Well I enjoyed the book in a "let's not delve too deep" kind of way, but I think, like a ScreeWee cruiser, a large part of Pratchett's message flew over the heads of the kids I was reading to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz White | 9/25/2012

    " I've given this book to two 11-year old boys I know. Anybody who plays video games should read it. This is very funny and fun to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 9/24/2012

    " Fun young adult book, read it on a plane ride to Boston, chuckled out loud, Terry Pratchett is great. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Magiczna | 8/12/2012

    " I'm probably getting to old to read YA, but I found this book extremely boring and childish. I was just waiting for the last page to come and save from dying with boredom. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam | 7/30/2012

    " Great for the Nintendo generation. :-) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 4/27/2012

    " Interesting take on video games. Target audience would be young tweens and teens. Clever book, though, and an easy read for a 4th-7th grader. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tammy | 10/2/2011

    " Cute story. I like that Johnny kinda found himself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leeza | 8/14/2011

    " Pratchett has a wonderful way of addressing real world issues lightly. What you get a humorous but real novel. And the blast the the past (video games and the 90's in general) was fun. Hope young readers can appreciate it. If not, they'll at least appreciate his snarky addition at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brenda Kahn | 6/12/2011

    " I adore this man. The book is aging well, still relevant, still hysterically funny and surprisingly poignant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paraskevi | 5/21/2011

    " This is book 1 of the Johnny trilogy by Pratchett. A small book, easily readable and a great idea. Loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tammy | 4/30/2011

    " Cute story. I like that Johnny kinda found himself. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 3/31/2011

    " Now the wall looks more like steps "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marcin | 3/31/2011

    " Didn't finished, was so boring for me.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monika | 3/27/2011

    " Brilliant. Absolutely genius. This is the reason why I love Terry Pratchett's books since I was a teenage girl. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter | 3/24/2011

    " Different style against other books, but nice. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liz | 3/7/2011

    " I've given this book to two 11-year old boys I know. Anybody who plays video games should read it. This is very funny and fun to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bojojoti | 2/28/2011

    " The story shows its age, but I still enjoyed the character of Johnny Maxwell. I'm glad there is a trilogy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 2/14/2011

    " I hadn't read any Terry Pratchett and this is all the local used bookstore had, so I gave it a shot.

    I loved it. It was witty, exciting, imaginative and captivating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christopher | 1/9/2011

    " Interesting read with a nice spin on what was happening in the real world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christi | 1/7/2011

    " 1st book in the Johnny Maxwell Trilogy.
    While playing a pirated copy of a video game from a friend Johnny recieves a surrender from the leader of the aliens he in the game. Is Johnny losing his mind, being tricked by his friends or is he really the only one who can save mankind?! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristina | 11/22/2010

    " It was an interesting concept but it did not grab me like some of his other books. While I thought it was OK, I do not think I'm going to actively seek out the other two in the trilogy "

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About the Author
Author Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett (1948–2015) was an English novelist known for his frequently comical work in the fantasy genre. He is best known for his popular and long-running Discworld series. His first novel, The Carpet People, was published in 1971, and after publishing his first Discworld novel, The Color of Magic, in 1983, he wrote two books a year on average. He was the United Kingdom’s bestselling author of the 1990s and has sold more than 55 million books worldwide. In 2001 he won the Carnegie Medal for his children’s novel The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents. Pratchett was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to literature in 1998 and was knighted in 2009.

About the Narrator

Richard Mitchley is an actor and narrator who has appeared in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet…, The Black Adder, and Doctor Who