And then you've got to deal with all these assassins, sphinxes, huge wooden horses, mad high priests, philosophers, sacred crocodiles, gods, marching mummies, jobbing pyramid builders and Hat, the Vulture-Headed God of Unexpected Guests.
And all you really wanted was the chance to do something for young people and the inner cities.
Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards.
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"There's no end to the wacky wonders...No fantasy is as consistently, inventively mad...wild and wonderful." (Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine)
On-and-off voracious sci-fi reader
As much a part of the Discworld series that this is, it's great as a stand-alone book to start off with if you want an introduction to Terry Pratchett's very own style of comedy. The story itself is wonderful, full of quirky characters, epic mysteries, ancient civilisations and camels.
While I prefer Stephen Briggs as narrator for Terry Pratchett's books, Nigel Planer does a good job of portraying different characters, subtly changing dialects. The quality of the recording is sadly a bit lacking with a flat sound that sometimes inexplicably slows down for entire chapters.
Life is a mystical journey. JK (1996)
The narration was excellent as always.
The story humorous and yet thought provoking, but don't let that put you off... You can still listen to it is you just want something you can listen to with out thinking. 😊
In audio form the various characters with unusual names were sometimes hard to track. Never the less a good story that was well performed by Nigel. He is especially good at the voice of a camel :-)
Wonderfully sophisticated narrative with all Pratchett's humour. Well read. And Neil from Young Ones blessedly only appears once. Odd changes in resonance as recorded in different venues/studios...
I have, many times. I am a devotee to DiscWorld and of course Terry Pratchett
Any DiscWorld novel.
He creates apt voices for each character.
I enjoy taking time unwrapping gifts and surprises, and use the same strategy for enjoying every facet of a great story.
I have read and re-read / and re-listened to, Terry Pratchett's novels, always finding something that I hadn't noticed and enjoyed before. Particularly I enjoy his underlying political commentary, that just seems to hit the nail on the head.
I remember reading this as a late teen, it was my first introduction to Discworld and from then on I was totally hooked, Nigel Planer is an excellent choice as narrator, he captures the characters perfectly. Pyramids is such a joy to listen to, this one particularly because it transported me back to my youth. This is a must for any Discworld 'beginner'.
Nigel Planers narration takes a little getting used to; his reliance on stock silly voices sometimes detracts from the story, but it's still better than a lot of other voice actors. The mispronounciation of some the names also grates (I always assumed 'Ptraci' was pronounced as 'Tracy' since Pratchett likes to juxtapose the exotic with the mundane), but again you get used to it. The main issue is the varying audio quality. At times it's like he's reading the book in slow motion through a sheet of cotton wool.
Great book, well read, indifferently presented. Recommended if you can live with the niggles
One of my favourite Discworld stories and a great performance from Nigel Planer. As ever with these early recordings it is blighted by varying sound quality (it sounds as though it's been copied from old tapes as sometimes the speech is very slow, and then suddenly gets a lot faster).
"a lovely listen"
Nigel Planer is a great narrator, I shall be listening to more of his readings.
"Audio is variable"
This is a great book well read, but beware the audio quality is all over the place. I know it's a 'vintage recording' but that doesn't excuse a good chunk of it being (ironically given the subject of the book) recorded at the wrong speed. Planer sounds drunkenly slow at times and speeds up again just as you've acclimatised to it. I've no doubt it was like this in the original release, and it's become no less disappointing since then considering how trivial it'd be to fix.
"Another Great Pratchett in Need of Clean-Up"
Above average in terms of performance. Fantastic in terms of story, and below average in terms of audio quality.
Along the lines of Moving Pictures, also by Pratchett.
You Bastard, the Discworld's foremost mathematician.
Laugh and cringe. Funny book, and absorbing, but the audio quality, like most of the early recordings of Pratchett's books, sounds as thought it was transferred from audio tape.
One of Planer's better recitals, but needs an audio clean-up. Worth getting though!
"Great characters in the disk world tradition"
Great narration adds to the overall enjoyment. Nigel Planer adds to the experience of the novel by creating rich rewarding verbal images of people and place, A very enjoyable book to lose your self in.
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