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Only You Can Save Mankind (Johnny Maxwell) Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook, CD

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Product details

  • Audio CD: 3 pages
  • Publisher: RHCP Audio (4 Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846576652
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846576652
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 2.4 x 14.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,207,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

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The first Johnny Maxwell novel by master storyteller Terry Pratchett - now available on CD read by Tony Robinson

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By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 21 Aug. 2003
Format: Paperback
Only You Can Save Mankind is the first book in Terry Pratchett's Johnny Maxwell trilogy. While this is considered juvenile or young adult fiction, it's a lot of fun for adults as well. It seems a little strange to journey with Terry Pratchett to a place other than the Discworld, but this little jaunt is quite enjoyable. Johnny Maxwell is a rather typical twelve year old boy; he's not smart or popular or rich, and he tends to prefer operating below the radar of those around him. He is living in Trying Times, basically having to take care of himself for the most part while his parents argue and come ever closer to splitting up. Like any kid, he enjoys a good computer game every now and then, and his friend Wobbler, born to be a hacker, supplies him with just about any illegally pirated game he could want. As earth's last remaining fighter, he has destroyed all but the last big alien ship in the game Only You Can Save Mankind when a message suddenly appears on the screen: We wish to talk. Thus begins a journey that takes him inside the game as the Chosen One, the human who will lead the alien ScreeWee race back to safety beyond The Boundary. The reptilian captain of the ScreeWee is tired of fighting; the human fighters appear out of nowhere, kill and destroy ships in her fleet, and keep coming back no matter how many times they are killed. She has seen what happened to the Space Invaders and would rather surrender than die fighting.
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.
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By A Customer on 15 Feb. 2001
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I am only 15 years old but ANYONE of any age can and should read this book. There i was in my local (library that is!) looking through the sci-fi section and for some reason this book fell of the shelf. I picked it up and instead of putting it back it caught my eye so i loaned it out and to this day it is still my favourite book. This is the 7th time of reading this book after loaning it from my school library. A book you never want to put down. FANTASTIC!
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Having read all the Disc World series I was supprised to come across the Johnny Maxwell books, as much to my embarrasment I had not heard of them before.
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!
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By Mummy of Two TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Feb. 2015
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This is the first book in the Johnny Maxwell trilogy and is about a young boy obviously called Johnny Maxwell! Johnny obtains a video game called "Only You Can Save Mankind" from his friend however when he starts playing it a message comes across the screen saying "We Surrender". Confused as surely this isn't meant to happen in the game, Johnny accepts the surrender from the ScreeWee Empire. He then finds himself enlisting the help of another player to get the ScreeWee home as surprisingly they have disappeared from everyone else's copy of the game. Another hilarious and brilliantly thought out book from Terry Pratchett which was very much enjoyed when read over Christmas time and although aimed at the YA audience was a very enjoyable read.
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By A Customer on 26 July 2001
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Johnny loves this computer game, Only You Can Save Mankind. But the aliens, the ScreeWee, don't. Johnny is, after all, the Hero with a Thousand Extra Lives. They all have one life. When they die, they die. Forever. So the alien Captain decides to take matters in her own hands, and surrenders. Johnny finds himself trying, not to save mankind from the alien hordes, but to save the alien hordes from mankind. But plenty of advice from his loopy friends, a terminally clever girl named Sigourney, and the Captain herself, and Johnny takes on mankind so the aliens can fly away home. If not him, says the Captain, then who else?
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Only You Can Save Mankind is the first in the Johnny Maxwell series- and what a series!

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!
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Pratchett moves away from Disc World offering us life through the eyes of a young boy called Johnny. In these incredible tales which mix reality and fantasy, we get to experience yet another literary gem by an outstanding Author. If you love fantasy with a comedic twist, you will love the "Johnny" Trilogy.
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