Only You Can Save Mankind (Johnny Maxwell) Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook, CD
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"With great skill and sensitivity, Terry Pratchett explores the world of a lonely boy who is trying to come to terms with his parents' problems and with the violent world that he lives in. He manages beautifully to get inside the head of this boy, capturing the nuances in his world . . . Tony Robinson manages to give this story just the right amount of energy and enthusiasm" (Through the Looking Glass)
"Terry Pratchett's funny, fast-moving story makes provocative reading for all computer games players . . . Makes a serious point out of a ridiculously comic example" (Children's Books of the Year)
"Funny and exciting" (Spectator)
"An impressively original book with its thrills and spills, its inventiveness, its wit and continuous readability" (Daily Telegraph)
The first Johnny Maxwell novel by master storyteller Terry Pratchett - now available on CD read by Tony RobinsonSee all Product Description
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You don't have to remember playing Space Invaders to enjoy this book, but it does make the story a little more enjoyable. As always with Pratchett, the characters are well-developed and quite remarkable.Read more ›
With wonderful observation on life, Terry brings together a lovable group of characters, which in my opinion rival the wonderful Famous Five and Serect Seven creations of my childhood.
Humour (as always from TP), imagination, subltle social comment on both sexism, racism and deprivation, this book is a wonderful read. Who else but Mr. Pratchett himself could link the Geneva converntion with a surrendering alien force in a computer game?
Don't think, just buy it!
This book, despite being for young people, is just as clever and strange as the Discworld series, so just about anyone with a sense of humour can appreciate it. It's surprisingly thought-provoking and layered, with Johnny's own troubled home life lying under the basic plotline and the subtle inclusian of the war on the TV, and makes sly nods at not just Space Invaders but the classic Sci-Fi film Alien too- look out for the easter eggs, you'd be surprised. Absorbing, funny and a very, very worthwhile read. Highly recommended!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Terry was to my way of thinking improving with every novel he wrote - just look at Raising Steam and Dodger. What a real tragedy that he should be taken at his peak.Published 1 month ago by Esgyrn-Dafydd
The fact that I love this book so much probably does have something to do with the fact that I was about twelve years old, the same age as protagonist Johnny Maxwell, when I first... Read morePublished 3 months ago by SocialBookshelves.com
10 year old loved it, and considering i have to usually cajole him into reading or finishing a book, this is great!Published 5 months ago by A. Reader
Typical Pratchett, humorous and compelling the whole way through. My son loved it as a bedtime read - straight on to Johnny and the dead.Published 8 months ago by Craig
Love this book. Over the years I've read it quite a few timesPublished 10 months ago by Maurice Boughen
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