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The Colour of Magic

Discworld 1
Narrated by: Tony Robinson
Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
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Summary

"Twoflower was a tourist, the first ever seen on the Discworld. Tourist, Rincewind decided, meant idiot."

Somewhere on the frontier between thought and reality exists the Discworld, a parallel time and place that might sound and smell very much like our own, but that looks completely different. It plays by different rules. Certainly it refuses to succumb to the quaint notion that universes are ruled by pure logic and the harmony of numbers. But just because the Disc is different doesn't mean that some things don't stay the same. Its very existence is about to be threatened by a strange new blight: the arrival of the first tourist, upon whose survival rests the peace and prosperity of the land. But if the person charged with maintaining that survival in the face of robbers, mercenaries, and, well, Death, is a spectacularly inept wizard, a little logic might turn out to be a very good idea.

The Colour of Magic is the first novel in Terry Pratchett's acclaimed Discworld series, of which some 20 million copies have been sold.

©Terry and Lyn Pratchett; (P)Corgi Audio

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"Pratchett is a comic genius." ( Daily Express)

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If only this narrator did the unabridged

Easy and happy listening, author has a unique sense of humour which ensures your attention. Strange at first but then you can't put it down

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  • Jo
  • 09-08-07

Persevere - you won't be disappointed

It took me 3 goes (once trying to read the book itself) before I 'got it'. There is a mindset that accompanies appreciation of Mr Pratchett's sense of humour and incredible imagination. Now I have that mindset, I'm hooked!!

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Simply Brilliant

Vocally animated more by Tony than you could probably do yourself in your own head! Written by a legend and voiced by one.. perfect harmonious storytelling of the first Discworld Novel.

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Abridged.

For me, the charm of the Discworld is the rich tapestry of relationships and the background information - in this version most of that fell on the cutting room floor. The patrician doesn't even make an appearance making it seem like Rincewind is just being a nice guy/friend/guide rather than fearing for what happens to his neck should he fail. If you've read the book, you'll have a few cases of 'hang on, didn't death...' and 'Wait a moment, wasn't there a...'. Disappointing.

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Brilliant story, perfect Narrator.

I love Terry Pratchett books and Tony Robinson narrates them with perfection. Love it!

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You should really try reading this author!  

I was in my teens when a friend of mine gave me a book that was written by Terry Pratchett. It was translated version of the 4th book of this series and to this day it's in my top 10 of books to recommend to anybody. The way He writes never seems to never get old and the stories WILL take you to a different world, no matter how young or old you are. This is the first book of one of the best fantasy book series there is in this world.  If you are not a native English speaker you may find it a little bit hard to read and I would recommend trying it at your language first if possible. The translated books were almost as good as the originals at least in my language (Finnish). But please do try at least one of his books. They are all masterpieces. If you can't read this one (because you can't find it in your own language or ..) Try one of these: Mort,  Night Watch or The Long Utopia (by  Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter) Please try his works! You will not regret it!

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Awesome

the neater was good. the Book was better. this was my favourite Terry pratchett book

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The audio quality was very poor which meant a lack of enjoyment. Remaster version needed.

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love love love it

absolutely fantastically magically and bizarrely hilarious. definitely give it a go! great intro to discworld and Tony Robinson is perfect

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Top Class

Tony Robinson does a fantastic job at bringing discworld to life with a strong, clear and passionate reading. looking forward to listening to the rest now!

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  • Paul
  • 17-04-15

Horribly abridged

Unfortunately no unabridged version of this book is available here.
The abridged version destroys the immersion for me completely.
Characters are thrown from once place to another, people are introduced and then discarded without further context.
Not recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-07-18

A lot of the original content is missing.

Read the book. The narrator was good but many parts from the book are missing

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  • Robert Lacey
  • 11-07-19

Fantastic.

Why didn't Terry Prachat win J K Rowling status? Can't believe its taken me this long to discover Discworld.

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  • Philip
  • 23-11-18

Wildly imaginative

Nice read, although a wild imagination can sometimes be viewed as a bit random in the story-telling. The story jumps around a bit where each story I hoped could be told with a bit more detail, especially in the fight scenes.

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  • Cathy
  • 08-11-18

Hillarious and strange fun

l loved it! but then I am a collosal Terry Pratchett fan. It was excellently performed and I shall look for the next book in the series hopefully with the same narrator. I highly recommend this for anyone with a sense and enjoyment for the peculiar and a rampant imagination

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-12-17

pleasing story.

some odd impressions and voices but mostly a nice listen. will keep going on the series.

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  • Martin
  • 22-11-16

really, really good book !

people looked at Me as if I was absolutely mad,while I was giggling at the descriptions of the characters.