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- Listening Length: 4 hours and 54 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House AudioBooks
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 30 April 2009
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SPXRRI
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Truckers: Bromeliad, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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Then there was another, smaller group of nomes, led by Masklin, who lived in the outdoors; the two groups crossed paths when Masklin decided that he disliked the cold winters, the wild hunting and the general difficulty to survive in the harsh conditions - so they hitched a lift on a truck, which, by complete coincidence, was destined for this store. This store was, apparently, the perfect dwelling; there was food at every turn, and everything a nome could possibly want was easily found. It was discovered that the Store was to be destroyed within a few weeks - and Masklin's seemingly impossible task was to evacuate every single nome from the doomed Store.
Although this is a book aimed primarily at children, it is nothing less than enjoyable for anyone of any age-group. It is fascinating to look down on a completely separate species from a human perspective, and to see them fascinated by ours; the few nomes with the privilege of being able to read saw signs in the department as "messages" from Arnold Bros (est. 1905). The species is thoroughly constructed and cross-referenced to such an extent that you might even believe that nomes actually exist!Read more ›
Truckers was such a fun read. It's full of humour and adventure and sets the imagination on fire. I know it's a children's book but I completely forgot that fact while reading as it's so well written and fun for all ages.
The way the author has approached everyday objects, giving them a whole new outlook or meaning when seen from the Nomes point of view, was refreshing to read. I think what appealed to me the most was the style of the humour. It's subtle and innocent and it sneaks up on you. The characters themselves are being funny without being aware of it, if that makes sense, and that makes it all the more humorous.
"How many books are there?" said Masklin.
"Do you know what they're all about?"
Gurder looked at him blankly. "Do you know what you're saying?" he said.
"No. But I want to find out."
"They're about everything! You'd never believe it! They're full of words even I don't understand!"
"Can you find a book which tells you how to understand words you don't understand?" said Masklin.
Gurder hesitated. "It's an intriguing thought," he said.
My favourite part has to be the books, so many books and so much wisdom to be found inside. The way they read them and assume everything they read to be true really tickled my sense of humour. We pick up books and we know what's fiction and what's true, but how different would the world seem if we didn't know and we were to experience it through all kinds of books assuming everything we read was fact.
The idea that there is a little race of people living alongside us, mainly without our knowledge, is not a new one. The stories of fairies & leprachauns have abounded for centuries & there have been more modern books encompassing "little people" such as "Gulliver's Travels" & "The Borrowers".
This story primarily centres around "The Store" where Nomes live under floorboards. There are various clans with in the store, such as the Stationari, who live beneath the various departments in the store. I have to say that I think this is a wonderful concept. I love the way the families take things (including electricity) & adapt them for their own world. The descriptions of "The Store" are wonderful. However the descriptions of them driving a lorry later in the book are just fantastic.
The book is well written with well defined characters & a well constructed storyline. It is amusing & entertaining. The concept of the Nomes & how they use our items is very clever as well as amusing. I wouldn't say that this is a book to get your teeth into - more light entertainment. Ideal for a down moment where you need a "pick me up". The following 2 books are worth reading to follow through the whole concept of exactly who the Nomes are though they are not quite as amusing as this one.
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