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(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1995; Copyright © Terry Pratchett, 1983; Cover Illustration © Josh Kirby
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!
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!
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
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!
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.
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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.
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.
A brilliant and funny fantasy story that has everything. Wizards, Tourists, Strange Worlds and of course, the Luggage.
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!
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.
It is and I have it.
Great story let down my terrible quality recording.
"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.....
"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.
"GREAT but nothing is perfect"
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
maybe get the troll a freezer to work in?
"Rincewind to the rescue - maybe?"
I loved the characters. Nigel Planer's performance gave real life to the book.
The Luggage takes no prisoners.
The performance gave depth and personality to the characters. Reading would have been words without humour.
Poor Rincewind tries so hard but just can't make it happen.
"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.
"Great book, great narration... Low quality sound"
Absolutely. A great book and brilliantly narrated
Most other Terry Pratchett novels
His characterisation is second to none.
Yes but it took me 3!
"Brilliant book, mediocre storytelling"
Terry Prachet is a genius and the book has an outstanding sense of humor.
The wordplays and hidden references to modern society.
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.
Yes, all Terry Pratchett books deserve a follow up.
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