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The Colour of Magic: Discworld 1 | [Terry Pratchett]

The Colour of Magic: Discworld 1

The Colour of Magic, the first novel in Terry Pratchett's wildly imaginative Discworld series, takes the listener on a remarkable journey. The magical planet of Discworld is supported by four massive elephants who stand on the back of the Great A'Tuin, a giant turtle swimming slowly through the mysterious interstellar gulf. An eccentric expedition sets out to explore the planet, encountering dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and, of course, "The Edge" of the planet.
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The Colour of Magic, the first novel in Terry Pratchett's wildly imaginative Discworld series, takes the listener on a remarkable journey. The magical planet of Discworld is supported by four massive elephants who stand on the back of the Great A'Tuin, a giant turtle swimming slowly through the mysterious interstellar gulf. The adventure begins when an eccentric expedition sets out to explore the planet. The group, including an ineffective wizard and a naive tourist (whose luggage moves on its own little legs) encounters dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and, of course "The Edge" of the planet.

Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards.

(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1995; Copyright © Terry Pratchett, 1983; Cover Illustration © Josh Kirby

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    Claire Hever, Kent, United Kingdom 02/09/2008
    Claire Hever, Kent, United Kingdom 02/09/2008
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    "A magical good read!"

    This is one film I won?t need to go an see - the book is so well read by Nigel Planer that it is almost as if I have seen the characters as they lurch from one adventure to the next. If you like fantasy with a good seasoning of humour, imagination and trickery, this is the book for you!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Jerry High Wycombe, United Kingdom 23/03/2012
    Jerry High Wycombe, United Kingdom 23/03/2012
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    "Might have been a good book..crackling put me off"

    This is not a quality recording. Audible should not be selling this substandard audiobook. The story might be wonderful but I gave up after 15 minutes because the recording is so bad - I missed words and phrases. Sort it out Audible!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Martin 29/07/2011
    Martin 29/07/2011 Member Since 2010
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    "story & narration great -poor audio quality"

    unfortunately this gave poor sound reproduction. not sure why but spoiled my enjoyment (a bit). Nigel Planer was perfect the narrator for this wacky tale. It felt like hitchhikers guide to the galaxy, only with magic instead of space travel.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Stuart RoughleeUnited Kingdom 20/04/2011
    Stuart RoughleeUnited Kingdom 20/04/2011 Member Since 2011
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    "Great book shame about the audio quality."

    Great book shame about the audio quality.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Maria Thetford, Norfolk, United Kingdom 25/10/2009
    Maria Thetford, Norfolk, United Kingdom 25/10/2009
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    "Brilliant book"

    Brilliant book this has been my first experience of audio-books and I think I?m hooked.
    The voice from Nigel Planer is great he changes voices for all the characters, I especially like his voice for Twoflower and Death (Death seems to be soo nice!)
    The story is very different and it took me some time to get use to the description of the Author but if
    you think about it makes good sense.
    Very good can?t wait to hear the next one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Doncaster, SYK, United Kingdom 01/10/2009
    Daniel Doncaster, SYK, United Kingdom 01/10/2009 Member Since 2006
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    "the turtle moves for the first time"

    The first in Terry Pratchett's amazing discworld series, in which we meet Wrincewind, the failed wizard and champion runner away, and twoflower, a tourist in a world where most people don't even know what a tourist is, and of course who could forget the luggage? no one since it follows behind on its hundreds of little legs. This book, while not the best of Pratchett's works, is nevertheless the best introduction to the amazing discworld, and a marvelous parody of all worlds, including our own. Don't worry too much about following the plot of this one, just relax and enjoy the fun of a journey through a world where nothing is quite as you'd expect it to be. For the best reading of this book, I would recommend the abridged version, read by the unbeatable Tony Robinson. However if you're like me, and think there's no point in hearing a book unless you hear all of it, then Nigel Planer also does a very good job with the unabridged version. I'm not good at writing reviews, but I love every Terry Pratchett book I've ever read, and I have a great affection for this one since it's the first in the discworld series, and the discworld series truly is one of the greatest literary achievments of our time in my opinion. This book is as I said, mainly a parody of all things fantasy, particularly of fairytales and legends. But like all the discworld books, it contains an interesting sprinkling of satire and comment, but above all, it's an exciting and fun story to read, perfect if you want to unwind from a hard day, I've even heard that the first part of the book is a great help in sending you off to sleep. So in conclusion, if you enjoy fantasy, or even if you don't, please give this book a try, I feel confident that The Colour Of Magic, and indeed the rest of the discworld series has something for everyone

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nils D?rthGermany 21/03/2010
    Nils D?rthGermany 21/03/2010
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    "great content, lousy sound quality"

    It was a great pleasure for me to get introduced to terry pratchetts amazing work by hilarious Nigel Planer. One really notices a great difference between characters and the atmosphere he creates makes it fun to listen.
    The only annoying thing about this version is the bad sound quality. It seems the mp3 file was copied from old tapes. There is a constant hissing and overall sound is very rattling and lacks of middle and deep frequencies. Listening in the car was because of that either hard to understand or rather painfull. In my opinion that doesn?t justify to the price I paid. But never the less I managed to enjoy listening.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Oslo, Norway 27/08/2014
    Amazon Customer Oslo, Norway 27/08/2014 Member Since 2011

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    "Pretty good story - low quality recording"
    What did you like best about The Colour of Magic? What did you like least?

    I like the humour, the light heartedness, and many of the characters. Also enjoy Planer's performance. I liked the quality of the recording the least. This is not up to Audibles usual standard, unfortunately.


    If you’ve listened to books by Terry Pratchett before, how does this one compare?

    I listened to The Light Fantastic right after this one, and I must say I liked the second book better than I liked The Colour of Magic. I can't quite pinpoint why, I'm afraid. Maybe I like the characters from the second part better... Or maybe the author has more room to be playful and creative when the stage is set and the protagonists introduced. Either way - the first one is alright, but The Light Fantastic is what convinces me that this series deserves its popularity.


    Which character – as performed by Nigel Planer – was your favourite?

    I think Planer did a brilliant job with all of the characters - brought them to life and kept them apart. I must, however, say that the quality of the recording isn't very good. As someone who's native language is not English, I occationally couldn't even make out what word it was, due to the low quality production.


    Was The Colour of Magic worth the listening time?

    Absolutely, but the story gets better in the second book.


    Any additional comments?

    I've finally gotten started on this series - and I can't wait to continue. I enjoy how Pratchett is playing around with fantasy clichés.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Frank 29/07/2014
    Frank 29/07/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "Audio - white noise"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Colour of Magic to be better than the print version?

    No.


    What three words best describe Nigel Planer’s performance?

    Excellent, cunning, clever. Alas, the audio quality is abysmal!


    Any additional comments?

    The audio quality of this recording is miserable. There is plenty of white noise throughout the recording which make this a very unpleasant experience.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pete 27/07/2014
    Pete 27/07/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Story. Awful Quality."
    What did you like best about The Colour of Magic? What did you like least?

    A brilliant and funny fantasy story that has everything. Wizards, Tourists, Strange Worlds and of course, the Luggage.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The first and one of the best Discworld novels. First read this over 20 years ago and have been a fan since. Great story telling and style. Also, as funny as a funny thing that's being really funny!


    How could the performance have been better?

    Unfortunately, the quality of this recording is terrible. The echo effects are poor and there is a constant background hiss. Also the volume levels drop and raise all the way through. No quality control it seems. Never had these problems on other audio books. A real shame.


    If this book were a film would you go see it?

    It is and I have it.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story let down my terrible quality recording.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Matthias
    Hamburg, Germany
    10/12/13
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    "poorest audio quality ever"
    Would you try another book from Terry Pratchett and/or Nigel Planer?

    I want the whole series.


    What other book might you compare The Colour of Magic to and why?

    Terry Pratchett doesn't need any comparisions.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nigel Planer?

    I actually can't really evaluate the narrator due to poor audio quality.


    What character would you cut from The Colour of Magic?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    Audible must be pretty desperate to even consider selling this audio book. The audio quality is the worst I have ever experienced.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Reka
    Margreid, Italy
    11/09/13
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    "Horrible audio quality"

    This was very difficult to listen to, and I couldn't take more than ten minutes of the recording.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    Randers, Denmark
    20/12/11
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    "if you don't know pratchett this is where to start"
    What did you love best about The Colour of Magic?

    and wonderful rich story, with wellrounded characters and a humor that you can only appriciate and wonder at anyone ever thinking up


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Colour of Magic?

    i will not ruin the moment for you, just remember when i say


    Have you listened to any of Nigel Planer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Nigel is a wellrounded reader and his performance is always stellar...
    i've listened to more than one book simply because he was the one reading it


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    there already IS a movie based on this book...


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Reza
    Chambesy, Switzerland
    03/08/11
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    "Horrible audio quality!"

    I could not listen to this book for more than 10 minutes without getting a headache. The audio quality is VERY poor, and it sounds like it was recorded in a public bathroom with tiled walls.....

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Mr Philip A Costley
    Sydney Australia
    26/09/08
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    "Great book poor recording"

    I love this book and the naration is great. The audio quality is poor though and there are distinct switches in tone at times.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • marc
    Quebec, QC, Canada
    24/01/13
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    "GREAT but nothing is perfect"
    What did you like best about The Colour of Magic? What did you like least?

    whats not to love? Apart from... hum... the recording quality is... shall we say, interesting but NOVEL! a bit more cooling power in the helmet of the troll recording ingeneer would of been nice... BUT IT'S ORIGINAL, different! If you pick up on the series the quality get's better and better, to the point where diskworld audio books gain a new dimention. The story is great, brilliant, funny, intelligent. Give the troll a chance, get's better and better with each book! PS sorry for the spelling, I used the Ankmorpork dislexikus dictionary uncorector


    Any additional comments?

    maybe get the troll a freezer to work in?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kerri
    Moolap, Australia
    17/12/12
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    "Rincewind to the rescue - maybe?"
    What made the experience of listening to The Colour of Magic the most enjoyable?

    I loved the characters. Nigel Planer's performance gave real life to the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Luggage takes no prisoners.


    What does Nigel Planer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The performance gave depth and personality to the characters. Reading would have been words without humour.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Poor Rincewind tries so hard but just can't make it happen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • BE
    Edenvale, South Africa
    23/08/11
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    "Worst audio quality so far"

    Nigel Planer does his best to make this catastrophe worth the credit or money spent on it but even he is unable to save it. Truly horrible audio quality, sounds like he's standing in an echo chamber.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Rob
    Unley, Australia
    14/08/12
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    "Great book, great narration... Low quality sound"
    Would you listen to The Colour of Magic again? Why?

    Absolutely. A great book and brilliantly narrated


    What other book might you compare The Colour of Magic to and why?

    Most other Terry Pratchett novels


    What about Nigel Planer’s performance did you like?

    His characterisation is second to none.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes but it took me 3!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas
    Linkoping, Sweden
    30/04/12
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    "Brilliant book, mediocre storytelling"
    What did you like best about The Colour of Magic? What did you like least?

    Terry Prachet is a genius and the book has an outstanding sense of humor.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The wordplays and hidden references to modern society.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nigel Planer?

    A group of people. There is really nothing wrong with Nigel Planner but it's hardly fair to ask a narrator to be able to do 15 different voices and in the end they all sound the same.


    Do you think The Colour of Magic needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, all Terry Pratchett books deserve a follow up.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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