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3.97 out of 53.97 out of 53.97 out of 53.97 out of 53.97 out of 5 3.97 (29 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Terry Pratchett Narrator: Tony Robinson Publisher: Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2007 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. But then 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....

It's hard enough trying to save Mankind from the Galactic Hordes. It's even harder trying to save the Galactic Hordes from Mankind. But it's only a game, isn't it. Isn't it?

Here is a hugely entertaining and thought-provoking new adventure from the master of comic fantasy, Terry Pratchett. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luke Daffron | 2/9/2014

    " Interesting principle, fairly dated at this point. Doesn't go too deep as a YA novel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Monika | 1/19/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaethe | 1/12/2014

    " Brilliant Pratchett for MG readers, although, obviously, quite enjoyable for the adults as well. I cannot get the Possum to try this, much to my chagrin. She eschews science fiction. Oh, well, her sister will love it. "

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

    " A book on kids and video games (and more). Has the Pratchett humour and deeper sensibilities. A good read (if dated - clearly set in the world of 1991 or so). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 12/26/2013

    " Great book! It is number one in the Johnny series. I've already read #2 and I can't find #3 anywhere. Our library doesn't have it, and neither do the local book stores. I'm rather bummed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jenny | 12/26/2013

    " This is a children's book and is aimed at upper Elementary to maybe middle school. It has some elements that would appeal to that audience, including a fairly good take on friendships at that age, engaging characters, and a nod to video games (sort of. Very early video games). But it didn't make much sense to me. There are characters that are in a computer game but are also real. But the people in the real world go to the computer game world in their dreams. They're not transported, they simply arrive there. But are their bodies still on earth? Or no? It gets even more confusing and unclear from there. Essentially I wanted more information on the mechanics of this whole thing. Frankly, of Pratchett's books, of which I generally am quite a big fan, the Johnny Maxwell Trilogy is by far my least favorite of his writing. It doesn't even evince much of his trademark wit to carry it along. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Solanum Tuberosum | 11/14/2013

    " A very good book that talks about the seriousness of things that we don't really pay attention to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cynthia E Sherman | 10/12/2013

    " Young readers will love this book! This is perfectly written and the plot is fun to read. Many, many readers will relate to this book completely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 10/12/2013

    " Really enjoyable. Wonder if when he wrote this, he foresaw a future in which missiles are piloted using x-box controllers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paraskevi Oppio | 9/23/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 7/20/2013

    " Sci-fi Pratchett:liked it--very different from the rest of Pratchett's, but enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter Joshua | 5/20/2013

    " This book is amazing. If you really like scifi like star trek or star wars, then this book is for you. It's like a shoutout to arcade games like galactica or space invaders. It's got plenty of action. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luisa | 10/27/2012

    " Well, I liked it but it didn't really grab me as much as Terry Pratchett's books usually do... I guess it's more of a kid boo, but I just didn't find it as witty as his usual stuff. Although, Johnny is quite endearing and I'll probably read the other books about him too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dee | 9/28/2012

    " I only read this children's book because I'm running out of Pratchett. I know I can't complain when the guy is SO prolific but really I'm used to having one of those at all times on my shelf. This is a very interesting idea and a fun read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Skeptigirl | 9/13/2012

    " I did like this book but there were moments that the female character (forgot her name) got so annoying that I wanted to put the book down, but it is by Terry Pratchett so of course it is good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin Connery | 4/26/2012

    " Johnny Maxwell 1. Excellent, with Pratchett's usual humor. ("With humans, we have often found it essential to get our self-defense in as soon as possible.") "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Reenbean | 10/13/2011

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

  • 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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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.