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)
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.
"Tony Robinson rules"
I think it's such a pity that it's not the other way round.Tony Robinson reading the unabridge version and Nigel Planer the abridge one.I have bought the abridge versions of Terry
Pratchett's books a long time ago on tapes and for me there is no debate!Tony Robinson is the best for Terry pratchett characters!However I have to buy the version by Nigel Planer because it's the only unabrige version available.Shame.
I've listened to the Discworld novels in order up to this point (missing out Wyrd Sisters to sidestep having to endure a second Celia Imrie reading - I aim to read the physical novel at some point soon) and I have to say that this one really shines. Both the humour and ideas are clearly Pratchett at his best and, as always, Nigel Planer's performance brings every character to life. It works well as a stand-alone story also...
I'd heartily recommend it.
"Should be part of History"
Well written, of course, with references to things you should be/are/have touched on in your History lessons - no exactitudes but a lot of fun! Loved it!
Apparently this is not the Tony Robinson narrated version despite identical covers. Some mispronounced names which is an integral part of the story. Otherwise good
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