One minute Rincewind and Twoflower were dangling off the edge of the world and then, without warning and for no obvious reason, they found themselves somewhere else - somewhere safer. The luggage is also confused. The wizards of the Unseen University are having trouble with a restless book of spells. The Discworld's greatest hero is suffering something wicked with his piles and lumbago. And if all this were not challenge enough, the world seems to be hurtling inexorably towards a red star - or perhaps it's the star that's doing the hurtling. Whichever massive body is doing the actual hurtling, it looks the same viewed from the surface of the Disc. Either way, a collision looks inevitable. Or, then again, perhaps something magical is about to happen. It could go either way. Great A'Tuin is, in any case, determinedly carrying the Discworld towards some momentous event and it's all a bit worrying. There's a prophesy. The believers have expectations. A sharp wizard could turn a profit if he incants the eight spells at the right time, according the ancient prophesy. A bunch of end of the world fundamentalists are roaming the streets hunting down those who dabble or deal in magic. Wouldn't you just know that the outcome of all this apocalyptic potentiality hangs on the good sense of a failed wizard?
I'm just listening to it all again. Brilliant. Even though it's abridged. There are bound to be several absolute gems criminally omitted, in any *abridgement* of a Terry Pratchett book. There are 3 discs in the box and the running time is about 3 hours. Far too short. I have to give the reader, Tony Robinson, credit though. He reads it, complete with what seem to be just the right voices for all the characters, to perfection, or near enough.