This is one of the best Discworld books, and Planer is a great narrator, but for some reason the sound quality on this one is possibly the worst I've encountered in an audiobook. I've tried different formats, and it's just plain tinny...
I'm always happy to relisten to The Light Fantastic. While it's almost certainly not as good as Pratchett's later works, because I usually listen to it right after Colour of Magic, it seems so much better in comparison. The interlude in the forest of Skund is one of my favorite Pratchett sections, and reminds me of Witches Abroad. Plus, who doesn't love Cohen? Definitely better than Sourcery, and at least as good as Eric, if not quite up to Interesting Times. The Last Continent might be a draw.
This has been a very enjoyable listen overall. The story is amusing and the characters fun. The sound quality was bad enough to distract from overall enjoyment, thus not a five rating. I had to constantly adjust the volume as it went from normal to very faint. I agree with an earlier review that stated the chimes were distracting also.
Nigel Planer was very good with the language and overall was excellent.
I wish the recording was remastered for consistency.
Fun, Charming Adventure
The luggage! ...Well, if I had to pick one that actually had some "spoken" lines, that would be pretty tough. Rincewind gets the most time, but Cohen, Two Flower, and the rest are all entertaining.
Never before, but I will listen to as many of them as I can from here on out, as I feel like this is a great way to experience this series. (I had read "The Colour of Magic", "Equal Rites", and "Feet of Clay" before in print, but that's all)
Over the edge of the world, heading straight for the sun...all in a day's work on the Disc.
I'm a huge fan of Terry Pratchett's writing, in particular his Discworld series. I've re-read many of the books multiple times and I've decided to listen to them as audiobooks for the first time. The first one up is The Light Fantastic, which follows the adventures of Rincewind, the Wizard, and Twoflower, the tourist, in Ankh-Morpork. Part of this adventure starts in The Color Magic and continues on in The Light Fantastic. It's high adventure for Rincewind, as he has a history of running away from trouble, but it seems trouble is chasing him!
There is so much to love about the Discworld, and especially the first two books in this series. I love Twoflower for many reasons. One is that my career is the same as his - he sells insurance (or in-sewer-ants as he describes it to Rincewind). He's definitely a glass-is-half-full kind of guy and a perfect match for Rincewind, who is sure the glass is pretty empty. It's fun when these two get together, especially with their invincible Luggage along for the ride, and Conan the Barbarian, who is almost reaching 90!
I really enjoyed this on audio. I have only listened to one other Discworld on audio (Raising Steam) and I'm glad that Nigel Planer's narration lived up to my expectation. His voice for Death is just perfect, as was the scene where Twoflower teaches Death and several gods to play cards! After imagining all these voices in my head for the last two decades of reading these novels, I'm glad to discover that the audiobooks are just as fantastic. I plan to listen to more on audio.
Highly recommended. You'll be laughing often.
Wonderful continuation of "The Colour of a Magic." The story is full of subtle humor and a few deep truths.
Narrator Nigel Planer (who also plays in the video adaptations of this and several other Pratchett books) is excellent. The audio quality, however, is uneven- some sections are natural and clean, while others have hiss and crackling and sound like they were done on a bad telephone. This isn't Audible's fault, since several other books from UK publisher Isis also have poor audio and, on CD copies, even scrambled tracks.
Actually, you'll want to listen to both this book and it's predecessor in one sitting!
The discworld series is wildly imanginative, varied, and great fun.
Rincewind's inner monologue concerning his sanity.
It is comprable to the Colour of Magic, as it is the next step of the story, the same wonderfully absurd characters, it at least meets all expectations set by the first book, and in certain ways surpasses them.
Everything that he brought to the Colour of Magic. Wonderful.
I laughed often while listening to this book!! The discussion of descriptive writing was downright hilarious.
The colorful language and the setting is just amazing. On top of that Pratchett's fantasy world is unlike any other that we have seen before. Its just such a fun world to explore and interact with.
When Two flower has his great idea, I totally didnt expect that to happen. I especially like his gesture to Rincewind.
Death, he's a funny guy!
I was saddened at some of the events towards the end of the book, but all in all I really enjoyed myself.
NO! the quality of listening is terrible. Each section uses different volume level and sound settings! agonizing to hear it switch back and forth~!!!