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Soul Music Audiobook

Soul Music: Discworld, Book 16

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Publisher's Summary

Terry Pratchett has long been hailed as one of the kings of fantasy. In this, the 16th book in his unfailingly popular Discworld series, he gives us a sneaky glimpse into the personal life of one of his most iconic characters: Death himself.

On the planet of Discworld, phrases like "there's a Death in the family" take on a whole new meaning. Young Susan has always suspected that her Grandfather was different, as though all the time he spent riding a white horse and wielding a scythe weren't enough of a giveaway. Now that her worst fears have been confirmed, Susan learns that she's expected to take over the family business when she grows up, even though most people mistake her for the Tooth Fairy. But as attractive as Death can be to many people, Susan is drawn into something else: the exciting, addictive heavy beats of "Music with Rocks In," Discworld's latest dance craze.

(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1996; Copyright © Terry and Lyn Pratchett, 1994

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    28/08/2009
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    "Excellent story but ..."

    This is one of my all-time favourite books, and the reading is great too, but I find the sound quality disappointing. Still worth buying, but I'd be happy to invest in an updated recording.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Clare Stroud, United Kingdom 21/02/2011
    Clare Stroud, United Kingdom 21/02/2011 Member Since 2010
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    "Music With Rocks In!!!!"

    Another book filled with the humour and brilliance that we?ve come to expect for Terry Pratchett and Discworld. A story that, when you come down to it, is just ?Music With Rocks In?. The characters are plentiful and divers, and you find yourself loving and hating them by turns. If there was one slight let down it was the sound quality, but nothing unexpected from an older recording and it in no way detracts from the story.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Mysfit 09/10/2014
    Mysfit 09/10/2014 Member Since 2014
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    "Bit hard to hear"

    I found it a bit hard to hear at times, poor sound quality almost throughout. Quite a coincidence when it's a book with sound as a focus.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    mollyeyre 03/06/2013
    mollyeyre 03/06/2013
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    "Superb"

    I love the subtle(?) humour in Terry Pratchett's books, and this one is no exception.

    The sideways inclusion of hit songs of the sixties really made me chuckle, the story is a trifle potty, but brilliantly so.

    Excellent listening, another one to add to the listen again list!

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    MR Worthing, United Kingdom 13/04/2013
    MR Worthing, United Kingdom 13/04/2013 Member Since 2017
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    "Music with Rocks in!"

    The characters immediately appealed and I was gripped to the story within the first five minutes. The further humanisation of Death our favourite anthropomorphic personification is amusing as he first drinks and then goes off to forget by joining the foreign legion. This interplay of new charecters and themes over familiar settings and some old favorites (such as CMOT Dibbler as music mogul) makes this another grin fest. I always reach for a Terry Pratchett book when I want to be thought provokingly amused and walk around smiling inanely while listening to the story on audio. Soul Music did not dissapoint. Only slight downside is that this recording seemed to lack audio quality - seemed a bit biscuit tinney and although I enjoy Nigel Planer's narration, I do prefer Stephen Briggs.

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    Mary Coventry, United Kingdom 17/09/2011
    Mary Coventry, United Kingdom 17/09/2011
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    "Genius storytelling"

    If you love 'music with rocks in it' this book will be a joy! Terry Pratchetts imagination never ceases to amaze me. He is a genius of a storyteller, and Nigel Planers narration brings life to all of the wonderful characters that are introduced in this story.I laughed alot and would thoroughly recommend.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andy Bourke 21/08/2017
    Andy Bourke 21/08/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful story as always but let down by Audible."

    Nigel Planer is a great narrator of a great story. Audible seem to have copied this from cassette tape and not bothered to tidy it up and even left in the bit about changing the tape to side 2.

    You can get used to the muffled sound but every now and then the quality dips noticeably and thus takes your attention for a while.

    Overall, if it's a choice between poor quality or nothing at all then I'll settle for this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Great book - poor audio quality"
    What did you like best about Soul Music? What did you like least?

    Pratchett read by Planer is great, but the audio quality in this is entirely muffled and it ruins the listening experience


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nina UK 26/09/2016
    Nina UK 26/09/2016 Member Since 2014

    Always looking for the next rabbit hole to tumble down.

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    "Ain't nothing but rock'n'roll..."
    Would you listen to Soul Music again? Why?

    Nigel Planer brings Sir Terry Prachett books to life and made Soul Music listen so enjoyable I would give it another round.


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

    Discworld books read by Nigel Planer are art on its own. He adds a great deal of enjoyment to the stories and this one is wonderfully narrated even if it's not my favourite story in the series.


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

    Death and he's laugh.


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

    I was listening to Soul Music in the car while driving through the mountain passages. It was enjoyable to listen to a story over a number of days.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    EBW 04/03/2016
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    "Poorly copied from tape"

    A great performance ruined by lazy editing by audible staff. Long silences, random interjections of 'side three' etc and an additional copyright waring bang in the middle of the book ruins what should be one a delightful story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    24/02/16
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    "Old audio"

    Old audio. You have to crank up the volume to hear the conversation. Not worth the buy. The story is good though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • thomas
    02/02/16
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    "very poor audio quality"

    the very poor audio quality of this book makes it annoying to listen to. save your money.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Oro Station, Ontario, Canada
    23/08/12
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    "Unacceptable audio quality"
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    The publisher needs to remaster this. It sounds like a duplicate made by holding a tape recorder up to a speaker. The sound is atrocious and should not be made available for sale on this service.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Coral
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    31/07/14
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    "Living on borrowed Music"

    If you have never read the discword this isn't the book to start with; there are lots of establish story lines going on and you will be much happier starting with Mort.

    For those who have read Mort and Reaper Man - you know all about Death and Susan.

    This book is about the crowd, music and fame. Something which Pratchett - personal feel - falls a little short on. It's much better then Moving Pictures but somehow need seemed as neat to me as some of the other books.

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  • Kent
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    03/09/12
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    "Witty, entertaining and full of small easter eggs"
    Where does Soul Music rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 25%


    What other book might you compare Soul Music to and why?

    To most of the other Terry Pratchett books


    Which scene was your favorite?

    A very funny terminator 2 reference and chase scene where death attempts to ride a motorcycle - with somewhat limited success.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did laugh. A lot.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are new to Terry Pratchett and his discworld series this is a decent jumping on point.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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