This is the fifth book in the Discworld series.
(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1995; Copyright © Terry and Lyn Pratchett, 1988; Cover Illustration © Josh Kirby
Sir Terry really hits his stride with Sourcery. Packed with his customary wit, erudition and a driving plot to boot, you couldn't ask much more of a Discworld novel. The narration is flawless and the range of character voices exquisite. To my fellow passengers on the 0722 to Waterloo I can only apologise for the many laugh-out-loud passages contained within this book.
The book as expected was brilliant and listening to it come to life under Nigel Planner's orchestrated vocals was brilliant. However, the actual sound quality appeared to let it down slightly. I am unsure if this is my earphones or the iPod version but there was a tinniness to it that made it hard to hear at times.
Another good Discworld book. Just working my way through them all again! I like Nigel Planer's delivery. For myself, I adjust the speed a little slower, as Terry P packs a lot of detail in a small space. I listen at bedtime and find it light enough to fall asleep to.
I couldn't recommend this to a friend (especially as an Audio book). The story itself is not one of the strongest I've read in the Discworld series. Going Postal for example outshines this in terms of characters, humour and story. However, there are still laughs to be had and Rincewind / the Luggage make an appearance, as does Death - which is nice. The most significant issue here is the production - it's horrible.
For some reason the audio quality randomly switches between chapters - dropping not only in overall quality (and then jumping back up a chapter or several later) but also changing the volume (slight but noticeable). In addition to this, when a particular sound effect is used for a particular character voice the effect is not faded out when the character finishes speaking - it just cuts off. This is jarring and breaks the spell of the story. Finally, for some unknown reason it was deemed necessary to have what is presumably either footnotes or narration asides delivered in a different voice to the basic narration. This crashes in on the overall story and once again breaks the spell / takes the reader out of the world of the story.
This is the main reason for the 1 star performance rating - Nigel Planer does a reasonable job overall - not sparkling but ok - it's just that there isn't really anywhere else to flag the issues in the production specifically.
As noted above, the story did not feel as strong as some of the other Discworld books I've read so the ending was ok but I was left with a feeling that it was a case of trying to tie up a lot of strands that had been introduced - some of which had felt largely forgotten for chunks of the book - and sorting out something for all the major players. In other words - it didn't feel like the whole thing was well crafted and natural - more that it all needed wrapping up by such and such a page.
The performance was ok - I think for many people they will have created their own image / voice for certain characters in a series and so there is always a risk in having those characters voiced by someone else. Additionally, now that they have made some of these stories into TV shows there is another variable - I think David Jason captured Rincewind extremely well and so it was hard to adjust to a different interpretation initially.
The production issues highlighted above were a factor in the performance for me and were the main things I didn't enjoy.
Overall yes but I did strongly consider returning it initially.
I'm disappointed that Audible have allowed something like the audio quality to slip as it does in this book. I haven't found any issues with any other books so will hope that this is the exception to the rule.
in the top ten!
fantastic.. the perfect dead pan delivery.
laughed loads of times.
Sir Terry has no equal.. and this is one of his best.
Don't bother reading as anymore reviews, just get it it's fun and you will.get lost in the story
Life is a mystical journey. JK (1996)
To have high expectations of your child is natural, but this father took it too far. And sometimes being well-meaning can be hazardous to a coward. But the world and your hat always leaves some hope...
That is my summary of this story. To see how accurate that is please listen to this excellently narrated and brilliantly written tale from the late Terry Pratchett.
Thank you for the joy you brought to our world with your world, Mr Pratchett.
Runner and mother of two from Hove, UK. Relies on good audiobooks to stop the kids from fighting in the car. Occasionally buys one for her.
I have only given this story a 3 because this review is for a mixed audience - myself and my 8 & 10 yr old sons. They totally loved the book, with it's all powerful child sorcerer and found some of the characters hilarious (particularly The Luggage).
However, the language is very complicated and rather dense. I did find myself having to stop the story and explain it again in smaller words - which means you have to leave most of the jokes out. I was chortling away happily with "What's so funny?" coming from the backseat. The Four Horsemen section just totally confused my boys. Mind you, it's still a fantastic story and no-one ever asked for it to be turned off.
Certainly one of Terry Pratchett's best novels. I laughted all thru the listening (the narrator helped a lot here). It does not depend on a detailed knowledge of Pratchett's characters to enjoy. Some of his other books are best enjoyed once you are familiar with them.
This series always makes me smile, this story and performance especially makes me always want to continue on.
"Sound quality 90%"
An excellent story -just like everything else from Terry Pratchett.
Nigel Planer is just the right person to read it and is the only voice for Rincewind.
The production not perfect at keeping the sound the same between different recording sessions.
I do like it that all the footnotes are read in in a different tone.
"Everything is great except the tacky sound effects"
The book is terrific and so is the narration. But sound effect of Death's voice is horrible. It is as if Death is talking through a megaphone. What's worse, the transition between a character's voice and Death's voice is not seamless. It is the equivalent of a bad photoshop job. Despite this, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and this flaw should not deter you from listening to a gem.
"Well read, great book"
The book itself was great as have all Discworld books I've read, Nigel was excellent as the narrator and was clear and easily understood. Full props to him for that.
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