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Soul Music: Discworld, Book 16 | [Terry Pratchett]

Soul Music: Discworld, Book 16

On the planet of Discworld, phrases like "there's a Death in the family" take on a whole new meaning. Young Susan has always suspected that her Grandfather was different, as though all the time he spent riding a white horse and wielding a scythe weren't enough of a giveaway.
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On the planet of Discworld, phrases like "there's a Death in the family" take on a whole new meaning. Young Susan has always suspected that her Grandfather was different, as though all the time he spent riding a white horse and wielding a scythe weren't enough of a giveaway. Now that her worst fears have been confirmed, Susan learns that she's expected to take over the family business when she grows up, even though most people mistake her for the Tooth Fairy. But as attractive as Death can be to many people, Susan is drawn into something else: the exciting, addictive heavy beats of "Music with Rocks In," Discworld's latest dance craze.

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(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1996; Copyright © Terry and Lyn Pratchett, 1994

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    Coral Mississauga, ON, Canada 07-31-14
    Coral Mississauga, ON, Canada 07-31-14 Member Since 2004

    I hold a BA in History from York University of Toronto; a 3yr Diploma in Computer Networking from Sheridan College in Oakville Ontario. I have been "reading" audio books sinces the late 80s and a member of Audible back to 2004. What a really like is a good long story preferable over 30 hours. :)

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    "Living on borrowed Music"

    If you have never read the discword this isn't the book to start with; there are lots of establish story lines going on and you will be much happier starting with Mort.

    For those who have read Mort and Reaper Man - you know all about Death and Susan.

    This book is about the crowd, music and fame. Something which Pratchett - personal feel - falls a little short on. It's much better then Moving Pictures but somehow need seemed as neat to me as some of the other books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kent Karlskrona, Sweden 09-03-12
    Kent Karlskrona, Sweden 09-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Witty, entertaining and full of small easter eggs"
    Where does Soul Music rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 25%


    What other book might you compare Soul Music to and why?

    To most of the other Terry Pratchett books


    Which scene was your favorite?

    A very funny terminator 2 reference and chase scene where death attempts to ride a motorcycle - with somewhat limited success.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did laugh. A lot.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are new to Terry Pratchett and his discworld series this is a decent jumping on point.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Oro Station, Ontario, Canada 08-23-12
    Amazon Customer Oro Station, Ontario, Canada 08-23-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Unacceptable audio quality"
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    The publisher needs to remaster this. It sounds like a duplicate made by holding a tape recorder up to a speaker. The sound is atrocious and should not be made available for sale on this service.

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    8/28/09
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    "Excellent story but ..."

    This is one of my all-time favourite books, and the reading is great too, but I find the sound quality disappointing. Still worth buying, but I'd be happy to invest in an updated recording.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Clare
    Stroud, United Kingdom
    2/21/11
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    "Music With Rocks In!!!!"

    Another book filled with the humour and brilliance that we?ve come to expect for Terry Pratchett and Discworld. A story that, when you come down to it, is just ?Music With Rocks In?. The characters are plentiful and divers, and you find yourself loving and hating them by turns. If there was one slight let down it was the sound quality, but nothing unexpected from an older recording and it in no way detracts from the story.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • MR
    Worthing, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Music with Rocks in!"

    The characters immediately appealed and I was gripped to the story within the first five minutes. The further humanisation of Death our favourite anthropomorphic personification is amusing as he first drinks and then goes off to forget by joining the foreign legion. This interplay of new charecters and themes over familiar settings and some old favorites (such as CMOT Dibbler as music mogul) makes this another grin fest. I always reach for a Terry Pratchett book when I want to be thought provokingly amused and walk around smiling inanely while listening to the story on audio. Soul Music did not dissapoint. Only slight downside is that this recording seemed to lack audio quality - seemed a bit biscuit tinney and although I enjoy Nigel Planer's narration, I do prefer Stephen Briggs.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mary
    Coventry, United Kingdom
    9/17/11
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    "Genius storytelling"

    If you love 'music with rocks in it' this book will be a joy! Terry Pratchetts imagination never ceases to amaze me. He is a genius of a storyteller, and Nigel Planers narration brings life to all of the wonderful characters that are introduced in this story.I laughed alot and would thoroughly recommend.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mysfit
    10/9/14
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    "Bit hard to hear"

    I found it a bit hard to hear at times, poor sound quality almost throughout. Quite a coincidence when it's a book with sound as a focus.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • mollyeyre
    Leicestershire UK
    6/3/13
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    "Superb"

    I love the subtle(?) humour in Terry Pratchett's books, and this one is no exception.

    The sideways inclusion of hit songs of the sixties really made me chuckle, the story is a trifle potty, but brilliantly so.

    Excellent listening, another one to add to the listen again list!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    12/5/14
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    "Great story, not the best quality"
    What did you like best about this story?

    It's unabridged, classic Pratchett


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Nigel Planer?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I love that this is unabridged, but it's clearly an older version than Tony Robinson's. The quality of the sound is a bit muffled at times, which is disappointing given the quality of other audiobooks. That being said, you get used to it, and it's worth it. Nigel Planer's performance is pretty good as well, and he's excellent at differentiating the characters. The whole thing could have been proofed a bit better though, as there are a couple of poor chapter transfers

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MR D HAMMOND
    9/22/14
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    "A Fantastic Story, shame about the audio quality."
    Would you try another book written by Terry Pratchett or narrated by Nigel Planer?

    All Sir Terry Pratchett books are an enjoyable experience, owning all the books in hard back versions, the next progression is listening to them being read to you.


    What does Nigel Planer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Nigel Planer's narration and character voices, all be it very different to the later audio books in the Discworld series which are read by Stephen Briggs, bring many of the Discworld characters to life so they become stuck in your head when reading the actual books.


    Any additional comments?

    It's just a shame that the quality of this audio book lets this title down. (in fact a lot of the early Discworld titles all suffer from this problem). As you listen the volume fades up and down making you feel as though Nigel Planer as he's reading to you is turning away and then turning back to you. In this day and age it's amazing that there's not a digital copy available instead of what sounds like a tape cassette port over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    5/6/14
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    "Wonderful"
    Where does Soul Music rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I listen to this quite often especially when driving on long journeys. I must say that I do prefer Tony Robinson but Mr Planer is not to be sniffed at and does a jolly good job. This is definitely in my top 10.


    What other book might you compare Soul Music to, and why?

    Terry Pratchett's books are on their own.


    What about Nigel Planer’s performance did you like?

    Believable voices. Good accents. Not too fast. Great comic timing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • matthew
    United Kingdom
    10/26/13
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    "Love this story"
    Where does Soul Music rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Always got time for death, such an amazing disc world character


    What other book might you compare Soul Music to, and why?

    How do you compare any discworld novel


    What three words best describe Nigel Planer’s performance?

    Can't do three words,.... A great story teller, love it when he reads the discworld books but his accents kinda sometimes sound awkward


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I'd listen to any terry prattchet book in one sitting if I could


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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