You first need to understand that Terry Pratchett has created a whole new world, here, with different laws. Things work differently on Discworld. It has different physics than our world, mainly because of its magical field. As soon as you get past that obstacle, you will love Discworld, Terry Pratchett, and magic. If you have a little trouble with the idea of a flat world, carried on the backs of four huge elephants, who are, in turn, standing on the back of an even more gigantic turtle swimming her way through space on some mysterious errand, just think about quantum mechanics for a while, and Discworld will settle into its proper perspective. After all, people really used to believe that the earth was flat, and that you could sail right off the edge of it, right? Maybe, in a few years, we will discover that, taking higher dimensions into account, our earth isn't actually shaped like a sphere, after all, but more like a spiral ....
"The Colour of Magic" tells a story that concludes with its sequel, "The Light Fantastic;" so, if you are contemplating purchasing "The Colour of Magic," then I recommend that you purchase "The Light Fantastic" at the same time. Otherwise, you are going to be left wondering, "Well, where 𝘪𝘴 The Great A'tuin going?" and, "What ever happened to the luggage?"
While listening to "The Colour of Magic" and "The Light Fantastic " (I think of them as one book), I kept imagining them made into a movie, with Jack Lemmon playing Twoflower, and Walter Matthau playing Rincewind. (If you are too young to remember all those wonderful Jack Lemmon / Walter Matthau movies, never mind. Otherwise, those two actors and their comedies together will give you some idea of the main characters in "The Colour of Magic." Rincewind is the grumpy one.) In fact, the Brits did make these two novels into a delightful movie in 2008, with the adorable Sean Astin playing Twoflower. If you are contemplating listening to "The Colour of Magic," but don't know if you want to get addicted -- like the rest of us Pratchettians -- try renting the movie (it is called "The Color of Magic"), or checking it out from your library. I predict that you will enjoy it, and submit willingly -- nay, gladly -- to the Pratchettian jones.
By the way, the color of magic is Octarine; but it can only be seen by Wizards and cats.
The sound wasn't even on this. Part of it was louder than other parts and some parts actually had an annoying hiss behind the audio. I liked the book but the audio irregularities keep it from higher than a 3 star rating.
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Generally good (for the good bits, see last paragraph).
As others have noted, the intro, apparently specifically requested by Terry Pratchett, is pretty offensive. Yes, yes, we get it, you're concerned about your digital rights! I reckon you should just fast-forward the 90 seconds or so right at the start, especially if you don't like being lectured like schoolboy.
Pauses between chapters are a tad too long, leaving too much dead air. There were quite a few times at first when I had to take my iPod out of my pocket and look at it, assuming that such a long stretch of dead air was my iPod being accidently paused or running out of battery.
On the up side, this was a good book in print, and is equally good in this format. Takes up a manageable amount of iPod space, sound is generally good and the narrator does a great job of voices, individualizing characters and making the book fun. In fact, I must say the narration absolutely did the book justice, something that can't always be said for books of quality SF/F
Having been a fan of SF and Fantasy for a long time, I am amazed that Isomhow missed this story/series. It is excellent! Lightly humorous, not too serious, fun a really fun listen. The characters are rich and colorful and really tend to grow on you. By the end of the book, I found myself looking forward to more.
For a comparison, think of a combination of Douglas Adams (Hitchhikers Guide series) and Robert Aspirin (Myth series). I am really looking forward to the remainder of the series.
I have experienced most of the series now here on audiobook read by Nigel Planer and I must say that it is really wonderful and humorous. I wish that all of the disc world books were read by Nigel and were here. You will love this book.
I had tried to read The Colour of Magic several times in paperback and hadn't been able to get through it. But with Steven Briggs' excellent narration, I finally got through and LOVED it! I am a huge Pratchett fan, he is currently my favorite author, and I am glad that I've been able to get through the first Discworld book. While it's still not as good as Guards! Guards! it is still a very fine effort and a wonderful introduction to the best fantasy world ever.
The only bad side of downloading this book is that it may commit you to a big investment in Terry Pratchett audiobooks. OK, the other bad side is that you may drive off the road while laughing. I listened to this with my kids and had a wonderful time doing it. Yes, there are a few off-"colour" remarks, but the only kids who would understand it are probably old enough to hear it. Get this.
Enjoyable read, but I found several of the transitions a little jolting. I've since read that it's not the finest example of a Discworld novel, so I may try another. The narration was pretty good, with good voice characterization.
This is a great story but be careful, the disc world series has around forty books if not more an you may become addicted.
Quick witted and unique, this audible book is a delight. It's not great literature - it's a lot more entertaining than that! The author has a real knack for sharp dialogue and the narrator is ideally matched to this story. If you don't like fantasy, this might not be your cup of tea, but if you do like suspending belief and imagining fantastic worlds along with the author, this is a real treat because you get the added benefit of some side-splitting humor.