And then you've got to deal with all these assassins, sphinxes, huge wooden horses, mad high priests, philosophers, sacred crocodiles, gods, marching mummies, jobbing pyramid builders and Hat, the Vulture-Headed God of Unexpected Guests.
And all you really wanted was the chance to do something for young people and the inner cities.
Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards.
©1989 Terry Pratchett and Lynn Pratchett; (P)1997 ISIS Publishing Ltd.
"There's no end to the wacky wonders...No fantasy is as consistently, inventively mad...wild and wonderful." (Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine)
This is a great book well read, but beware the audio quality is all over the place. I know it's a 'vintage recording' but that doesn't excuse a good chunk of it being (ironically given the subject of the book) recorded at the wrong speed. Planer sounds drunkenly slow at times and speeds up again just as you've acclimatised to it. I've no doubt it was like this in the original release, and it's become no less disappointing since then considering how trivial it'd be to fix.
Above average in terms of performance. Fantastic in terms of story, and below average in terms of audio quality.
Along the lines of Moving Pictures, also by Pratchett.
You Bastard, the Discworld's foremost mathematician.
Laugh and cringe. Funny book, and absorbing, but the audio quality, like most of the early recordings of Pratchett's books, sounds as thought it was transferred from audio tape.
One of Planer's better recitals, but needs an audio clean-up. Worth getting though!
Great narration adds to the overall enjoyment. Nigel Planer adds to the experience of the novel by creating rich rewarding verbal images of people and place, A very enjoyable book to lose your self in.
"An early Discworld Novel"
I remember reading this as a late teen, it was my first introduction to Discworld and from then on I was totally hooked, Nigel Planer is an excellent choice as narrator, he captures the characters perfectly. Pyramids is such a joy to listen to, this one particularly because it transported me back to my youth. This is a must for any Discworld 'beginner'.
"A Good Book, But..."
Nigel Planers narration takes a little getting used to; his reliance on stock silly voices sometimes detracts from the story, but it's still better than a lot of other voice actors. The mispronounciation of some the names also grates (I always assumed 'Ptraci' was pronounced as 'Tracy' since Pratchett likes to juxtapose the exotic with the mundane), but again you get used to it. The main issue is the varying audio quality. At times it's like he's reading the book in slow motion through a sheet of cotton wool.
Great book, well read, indifferently presented. Recommended if you can live with the niggles
As much a part of the Discworld series that this is, it's great as a stand-alone book to start off with if you want an introduction to Terry Pratchett's very own style of comedy. The story itself is wonderful, full of quirky characters, epic mysteries, ancient civilisations and camels.
While I prefer Stephen Briggs as narrator for Terry Pratchett's books, Nigel Planer does a good job of portraying different characters, subtly changing dialects. The quality of the recording is sadly a bit lacking with a flat sound that sometimes inexplicably slows down for entire chapters.
""Going Forth is Easy...""
The narration was excellent as always.
The story humorous and yet thought provoking, but don't let that put you off... You can still listen to it is you just want something you can listen to with out thinking. 😊
Another fantastic Pratchett novel narrated beautifully by Nigel Planar, if you're a fan of the Discworld you owe it to yourself to check this one out.
Not one of the best pratchetts, struggled to follow the story or what it was all about, probably as it wasn't particularly interesting and I couldn't relate to the characters particularly, unlike the characters in mort or the wisard wisp-wind which I was interested to find out how there adventures progressed. I returned once completed and went on to the next one which I am told is more highly regarded. I intend to work through the entire series and see what everyone is on about (7 down and dozens more to go)... Enjoying the series generally...
"Good story, very well performed"
In audio form the various characters with unusual names were sometimes hard to track. Never the less a good story that was well performed by Nigel. He is especially good at the voice of a camel :-)
Wonderfully sophisticated narrative with all Pratchett's humour. Well read. And Neil from Young Ones blessedly only appears once. Odd changes in resonance as recorded in different venues/studios...
"Typical Early Pratchett"
The passing of the great man has inspired me to go for a bit of a Terry Pratchett retrospective and I decided to start with Pyramids as one the early ones that I remember enjoying hugely at the time. So how did I find it 25 years on?
I think I am probably the perfect age to be a fan of Terry Pratchett since I feel I have grown up and my tastes have developed as his writing and ambitions have developed. So revisiting this early Discworld novel I was struck by how silly a lot of it was but also by early signs of the humanity and political cynicism that really shaped the best of his later work.
The things I loved about this book when I was 14: the silly pun names; the whole Assassins Hogwarts thing and the throwaway jokes; left me cold this time but the interplay between Pteppic and the priesthood and the cynical attitude towards the Gods, were much more fun and, as I said, foreshadowing the much better later Pratchett works like the Moist von Lipwig stories and the later Vimes books.
I've read this book many times. I still laugh even though I can see the jokes coming.
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