Thrill as Victor Tugelbend ("Can't sing. Can't dance. Can handle a sword a little.") and Theda Withel ("I come from a little town you've probably never even heard of") battle the forces of evil and cinema advertising...
Scream as Gaspode the Wonder Dog nearly saves the day...
Eat popcorn as you watch the filming of Blown Away, the oddest Civil War picture ever made... "A Passionate Saga set Against the Background of a World Gone Mad! With a Thousand Elephants!"
(And afterwards, why not dine at Harga's House of Ribs, for the best in international cuisine; only two minutes from this book...).
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"Philosophical humor of the highest order." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Unadulterated fun. Pratchett parodies everything in sight." (San Francisco Chronicle)
Nigel Planer does an amazing job bringing Terry Pratchett's characters to life. From Gaspode the Wonder Dog's dry wit to Victor's inept heroism, Moving Pictures is full of belly-quaaking laughs. If you have enjoyed other books in the Discworld setiers, I am sure you will be equally pleased with this one.
If you haven't read any Pratchett novels, I started the series at Audible with Rincewind in the first book. Moving Pictures is my twelfth (and defintiely not the last I will read) in the series. The Discworld series does an incredible job of lightening my usually heavy reading list of serious non-fiction. So I heartily recommend this and the rest of the Discworld series.
As the other reviewers noted, Nigel Planer adds something special to the narration of this audiobook.
Although I'm a Terry Pratchett fan, I never thought much of "Moving Pictures." I feel the book is an uncomfortable transition from his earlier Discworld novels, where he mostly parodied the characters and themes of typical fantasy novels, to his later Discworld books, in which he satirizes aspects of modern society. "Moving Pictures" is a rather unsubtle poke at the movie industry; I think Pratchett has done better.
I've listened to Nigel Planer read other Terry Pratchett books, and I thought I'd give this one a try. I'm glad I did. Somehow, Planer's itnerpretations smooths out Pratchett's rough spots. I enjoyed listening to "Moving Pictures" much more than I enjoyed reading it years ago. This is a case where a skilled reader can make a big difference in how you appreciate a book.
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Nigel Planer adds a whole layer to this book that I didn't do while reading it. I am usually reading so fast that I miss some of the smaller details, such as the accent that Rock and Morrie have. It's the same as Fat Bastard from Austin Powers, and I would never have 'read' it that way from the printed text.
My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.
No one is more imaginative than Pratchett at creating pastiches of different fantasy worlds. Incorporating the budding years of the movie industry into Discworld was a brilliant idea. Early Hollywood was all about fantasies and dreams and Pratchett takes advantage of all the opportunities to play on the possibilities of Hollywood fantasies on top of "traditional" fantasy fiction. That said, the underlying story is one Pratchett has used multiple times. That doesn't keep it from being entertaining. Pratchett has always been more about sheer inventiveness and verbal playfulness than about original plots. There are only 7 plots anyway, right?
I love Terry Pratchett's novels, and I think he has been very lucky in having two excellent readers for the audio versions. There is just so much humor, satire, and depth crammed into every line of a Pratchett novel that you really need a highly skilled reader to do them justice. I feel like Nigel Planer always does a fantastic job with wizards (his treatment of Poons in this particular story had me in stitches) and non-humans, but he struggles with female characters. As much as I thoroughly loved this story, with its positively hundreds of puns and spoofs, I really didn't like how Planer portrayed Ginger. The voice was just annoying and there was nothing remotely feminine about her. The dogs, on the other hand, were spot-on -- again, I was in stitches as I listened. So I do recommend this book (and Planer), but you have to accept that one main character will make you grit your teeth a bit.
Funny, fun, odd.
A great story, deliberately rife with cliches, that chronicles the invention of moving pictures and the insane industry that grows up around it in a world of no technology. Magic out of control and a cast of bizarre characters make this a super fun listen.
Nigel Planer does a great job of reading the story, using appropriate voices and delivering the "punch lines" with typical dry British humor. I love his voice.
Several! If you include moving me to hysterical laughter.
Hubby can always tell when I'm reading Sir Terry Pratchett. It's the only time I laugh out loud when reading (or listening) to a book. It actually is what convinced him to try reading them too. Now he's hooked and we listen together in the car!
Moving Pictures is one of the better audiobooks I've listened to. It's one of Pratchett's earlier books, so it isn't quite as polished. It has lots of funny moments but the plot is not as clever as some of his later work.
The plot is too stream of consciousness. Pratchett is clearly having fun with the idea of Hollywood and its more ridiculous aspects. It bounces around to different gags he wants to use. Overall, I think it works, but some of his other discworld books are more plot driven and less about "how can I work in this joke".
The man is genius. His voices and inflections bring the book to life. I have listened to several of his performances and he never fails to shine. His talent is amazing.
Never let reality get in the way of your dreams.
"Moving Pictures - Terry Pratchett"
Quite Quite brilliant. Every cliche in the book, but with wonderful twists. References just about every Hollywood classic movie that you have ever seen or heard of. Gaspode is a creation of genius, although a great deal of credit must go to Nigel Planner here. The best Pratchett I have yet come across, and I have enjoyed them all so far.
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