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
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.
This is the first book in the Discworld series, and as such it's not bad. Going back ti this, after having read some of the later, far more sophisticated stuff, one can be slightly surprised at how un-developed the concept and Pratchett's writing is, and how impressive it is to note how far he's come since. Nigel Planer's reading is quite good, but it's all ruined by a complete botch job by the recording and mastering engineer(s). Lots of hiss, that typical hum you get from badly earthed recording equipment, and some very strange choices in sound effects. I almost feel bad about this review, as I haven't written any reviews about the other adio books I have by Terry Pratchett ( I suppose I have at least thirty, between my iTunes Store and Audible ones), but I am just very surprised that the ones responsible, Mr Pratchett, Audible, and so on, haven't taken the opportunity to either clean up the existing recorded material or re-record it, as this is very close to a ripoff, something I find disappointing. A few of the Audible Pratchett books open with an angry sounding man warning us not to copy, distribute or even listen to audio books with friends, and in view of this poor showing I find that franky insulting.
Some of the other early recordings also leave something to be desired, but on the whole they're quite decent, as is Mr Planer's performance here. But I've never heard such an atrocious sound quality from ANY spoken word recording, not even those old recordings from before the war.
I have, and Mr Planer's performance is generally very good. he needs to be far better served by the technical staff than on this outing.
In its current state I could not recommend this recording, even if it's a decent performance of a decent first novel.
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.
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!
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
You need to listen to this - a great story, read beautifully! It captures the essence of the series and provides a great introduction to this amazing cycle of books. Nigel Planer's performance is excellent and is just how I imagined things should sound. Do yourself a favour and go and buy this!!
Terry pratchett is one of the greatest authors i have ever had the great pleasure of reading the nigel planer does it absolute justice. The world is ludicrously brilliant with every caveat describe in hysterical detail giving the world to a beautifully amusing life. If you are only going to read one fantasy novel make it this one... and then read the direct sequel the lights fantastic because you will be hooked from this book on.
Every entry with a mention of death, the character.
Rincewind leaving the holiday maker and attempting to flee.
Laugh. Laugh hard.
"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.
"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.
"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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