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Download Only You Can Save Mankind Audiobook (Unabridged)

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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (5,273 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Terry Pratchett Narrator: Richard Mitchley Publisher: Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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