(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1995; Copyright © Terry Pratchett, 1986; Cover Illustration © Josh Kirby
"Planner is confronted by a variety of eccentric characters and with brilliant flair he brings them off well. Great stuff." (AudioFile)
While the Light Fanastic isn't the best of the Discworld novels it's certainly more humorous than the previous title 'the Colour of Magic', you can see the start of the writing style that made Pratchett's series so well loved.
The storyline continues directly from the end of the Colour of Magic and serves as a much more epic storyline than the previous novels now Rincewind and Twoflower are established, as well as introducing future Discworld star Cohen as well as the Wizards. It involves the miraculous saving of Rincewind and Twoflower and the threat of a Red star heading towards the Discworld.
There are a few places where the narrative feels a bit long winded in the middle but overall it is a well paced book that in conjunction with the previous novel form an excellent story.
I'd recommend it, if best served back to back with 'The Colour of Magic'
Two stars because the audio quality of this, even on 4 and enhanced, dreadful. There's a background hiss and it sounds tinny. I wish I'd sampled it first. Get the abridged version -- it's shorter, obviously, but the sound quality is much better and it costs less.
The book is great! But sound quality is poor. Nigel Planner is really good and really adds to the book and story.
Dear Terry Pratchett. One of the sorrows of my life is that I wasted a lot of years, thinking I didn't need to read about Discworld. A mistake I have repeated, several times elsewhere. Still, looking on the bright side, they're all still there, waiting to be enjoyed.
I was a bit puzzled by this, because, my introduction to Discworld came via the film made of 'The Colour of Magic', which I enjoyed, enormously. When I got to The Light Fantastic, I suddenly realised that the film contained a lot of this book too, which, I have to say, was a bit of a disappointment. Add the alterations, and adjustments made with any film, and it all becomes a bit overdone. I loved it, and the characters, and have plotted out the rest of the list. Long Live Sir Terry.
If it had been recorded by professionals. Not amateurs using equipment they found in a bin.
Rincewind's realisation of a certain inevitability regarding the spell in his head.
It was fairly difficult to hear and understand most of the time due to the appalling audio quality.
I won't bother buying any more discworld. From the first two books it's obvious they're all going to be this shoddy. Going to move on to something else now.
Terry Prachetts style is so cleverly descriptive and greatly amusing and this book is no exception. Brilliantly read by Nigel Planer who has just the perfect voice for a Prachett novel. Well worth every penny, I highly recommend it and guarantee you will not be dissapointed.
Nigel Planer is for me, the best narrater for Terry Pratchet. Such a wonderful actor being able to apply his expertise to bring Mr Pratchet's books alive. Please ask him to do all of them.
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 been listening to this with my two boys (aged 7 and 9). Some of the jokes are way to clever / adult for them and required explaining (e.g. word jokes such as "certain depth" rather than "certain death"), but that's no bad thing. There is also so fairly frequent mild swearing (bloody, bastard) which had me squirming a bit - but is used in appropriate moments of peril and shock.
Despite all this however, the boys were totally engrossed it this story. The invisible dragons which become more solid the closer they get to their nest, the elderly Cohen the Barbarian (who still kicks arse) and the Luggage with its hundreds of little tiny feet are only a few of the amazing characters who fired their imaginations. The boys want to move onto Book 3. I am only too happy to oblige/
"Rincewind is back with a vengeance"
The Story that began with the first Discworld novel, the Colour of Magic has its epilogue in the second one, the Light Fantastic. Download them both, listen to them one after the other. The cover image is mistaken again, like in the colour of magic, and low resolution too. this is why they get 4 stars and not 5. Reader, Nigel IS THE READER, the one and only, perfect! He embodies the spirit od the Disc characters that Pratchett created, never boring and always perfect being Death, Rincewind or even the Luggage or any othe character! Pratchett himself confirms yet again that you can have an Epic fantasy ...even with onions!
The story is good but the audio changes quality on different chapters. The audio doesn't make it too bad just distracting.
"Good reading performance, good story"
The reading and story were very well done, though the sound quality and recording quality was... crusty and uneven.
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