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
Excellent, cunning, clever. Alas, the audio quality is abysmal!
The audio quality of this recording is miserable. There is plenty of white noise throughout the recording which make this a very unpleasant experience.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Absolutely, but the story gets better in the second book.
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.
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.
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
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!
Having been captivated by the Guards series from Discworld, this was disappointing. However it may have been better with a better delivery and recording - strange interval noises were very distracting and an echo on some sections may have sounded a good idea but did not work and made it difficult to hear.
Life is a mystical journey. JK (1996)
I know that some will find the sound annoying, but in many parts it aids the tale...
A brilliantly read and performance of a masterpiece.
The Discworld series is amazing. The dozens of books in the series can be daunting to tackle, but this first venture into the amazing world Pratchett has created stands on its own and can be enjoyed without ever moving on to any of the other books. Thankfully they found an excellent voice for the story in Nigel Planer, whose enthusiasm and changes in mannerisms from character to character give the story life. Well done.
"poorest audio quality ever"
I want the whole series.
Terry Pratchett doesn't need any comparisions.
I actually can't really evaluate the narrator due to poor audio quality.
Audible must be pretty desperate to even consider selling this audio book. The audio quality is the worst I have ever experienced.
"Horrible audio quality"
This was very difficult to listen to, and I couldn't take more than ten minutes of the recording.
"if you don't know pratchett this is where to start"
and wonderful rich story, with wellrounded characters and a humor that you can only appriciate and wonder at anyone ever thinking up
i will not ruin the moment for you, just remember when i say
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
there already IS a movie based on this book...
"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.....
"As good as expected :)"
I'm just getting started on the Discworld books, and I suspect it will be quite a while before I return to this first book in the series. I have a lot of listening ahead of me...
For me, the concern about audio quality turned out to be unfounded. One of the characters, and in fact the opening narration use an echo to create a particular soundscape. That can make it a little tricky to hear, given the age of the recording. The bulk of the recording is completely normal spoken word, with no problems.
"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.
"How it all began."
The first of many to come. Introducing the Luggage, Rincewind, Twoflower and DEATH him self. The playful narrative and inventive storytelling keep you going, and stopping often to just laugh!
"Great book, terrible recording."
And not even because of the narrator - the sound quality is just awful. Though on that note, I don't think he did Rincewind justice in the least.
"What a joy to here, even thought the quality isn't"
First off, the quality of the audio is terrible.
Now the story is interesting but no does not really go anywhere, just to the edge of the world and perhaps a computer jet over the Atlantic Ocean. Fun it was, and I look forward to the rest of the series. Overall, still worth the purchase.
"Weird noise in the background"
So far there's been a weird humming sound in the background of all the book, but it's not too bad, I actually kind of like it, it fills out the short silences when there's been a cut, so you don't even notice the cuts.
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