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Darwin's Watch - The Science of Discworld III: A Novel

Terry Pratchett

The wizards discover to their cost that it's no easy task to change history. Roundworld is in trouble again, and this time it looks fatal. Having created it in the first place, the wizards of Unseen University feel vaguely responsible for its safety. They know the creatures that lived there escaped the impending Big Freeze by inventing the space elevator - they even intervened to rid the planet of a plague of elves, who attempted to divert humanity onto a different time track. But now it's all gone wrong - Victorian England has stagnated and the pace of progress would embarrass a limping snail. Unless something drastic is done, there won't be time for anyone to invent space flight, and the human race will be turned into ice-pops. Why, though, did history come adrift? Was it Sir Arthur Nightingale's dismal book about natural selection? Or was it the devastating response by an obscure country vicar called Charles Darwin whose bestselling Theology of Species made it impossible to refute the divine design of living creatures? Can the God of Evolution come to humanity's aid and ensure Darwin writes a very different book? And who stopped him writing it in the first place?

The wizards discover to their cost that it's no easy task to change history. Roundworld is in trouble again, and this time it looks fatal. Having created it in the first place, the wizards of Unseen University feel vaguely responsible for its safety. They know the creatures that lived there escaped the impending Big Freeze by inventing the space elevator - they even intervened to rid the planet of a plague of elves, who attempted to divert humanity onto a different time track. But now it's all gone wrong - Victorian England has stagnated and the pace of progress would embarrass a limping snail. Unless something drastic is done, there won't be time for anyone to invent space flight, and the human race will be turned into ice-pops. Why, though, did history come adrift? Was it Sir Arthur Nightingale's dismal book about natural selection? Or was it the devastating response by an obscure country vicar called Charles Darwin whose bestselling Theology of Species made it impossible to refute the divine design of living creatures? Can the God of Evolution come to humanity's aid and ensure Darwin writes a very different book? And who stopped him writing it in the first place?
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The wizards discover to their cost that it's no easy task to change history. Roundworld is in trouble again, and this time it looks fatal. Having created it in the first place, the wizards of Unseen University feel vaguely responsible for its safety. They know the creatures that lived there escaped the impending Big Freeze by inventing the space elevator - they even intervened to rid the planet of a plague of elves, who attempted to divert humanity onto a different time track. But now it's all gone wrong - Victorian England has stagnated and the pace of progress would embarrass a limping snail. Unless something drastic is done, there won't be time for anyone to invent space flight, and the human race will be turned into ice-pops. Why, though, did history come adrift? Was it Sir Arthur Nightingale's dismal book about natural selection? Or was it the devastating response by an obscure country vicar called Charles Darwin whose bestselling Theology of Species made it impossible to refute the divine design of living creatures? Can the God of Evolution come to humanity's aid and ensure Darwin writes a very different book? And who stopped him writing it in the first place?

Language:

English

Narrators:

Ian Stewart, Jack Cohen, Michael Fenton Stevens, Stephen Briggs

Length:

11h 29m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:18


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:56


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

01:02


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:24


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:04


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:09


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

09:17


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

07:22


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:10


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:43


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:44


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

01:22


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

05:37


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

05:59


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:37


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

02:34


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:10


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:17


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:42


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:28


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:22


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

08:12


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

07:15


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:21


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:17


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:49


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:58


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:18


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:35


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

02:39


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:01


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:47


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:40


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:27


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

01:04


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

02:54


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:10


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:02


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

01:07


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

01:21


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:07


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

07:25


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:13


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:23


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

09:24


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:32


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

01:36


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

09:04


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

06:39


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:40


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

08:09


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

08:24


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:51


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:24


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

05:39


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

08:46


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

08:25


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:35


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:29


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

07:18


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:59


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

08:07


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:37


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:17


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

02:11


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:50


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

07:01


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:10


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:20


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

07:58


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:13


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:14


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:17


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

07:19


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:01


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

08:23


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

06:04


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

08:35


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

02:23


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

01:46


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

07:39


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:47


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:15


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:19


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:42


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:37


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:51


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

06:53


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

01:38


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

07:22


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

07:06


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

02:50


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

07:14


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

08:30


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

06:50


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:46


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

01:49


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

01:45


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

03:03


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

04:12


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

02:17


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

01:46


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:28


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

07:03


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

06:30


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:46


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

03:44


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

04:49


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

08:47


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

03:48


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:57


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

01:24


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

05:16


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

06:44


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

04:04


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

05:42


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

02:50


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

03:41


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

05:40


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

05:07


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

06:29


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

05:16


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

08:10


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

07:27


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

09:24


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

08:45


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

02:07


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

06:20


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

05:49


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

00:15


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

00:33