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(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1996; Copyright © Terry and Lyn Pratchett, 1994
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.
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. :)
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.
To most of the other Terry Pratchett books
A very funny terminator 2 reference and chase scene where death attempts to ride a motorcycle - with somewhat limited success.
I did laugh. A lot.
If you are new to Terry Pratchett and his discworld series this is a decent jumping on point.
"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.
"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.
"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.
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!
"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.
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.
"Poorly copied from tape"
A great performance ruined by lazy editing by audible staff. Long silences, random interjections of 'side three' etc and an additional copyright waring bang in the middle of the book ruins what should be one a delightful story.
"Great as usual but . . ."
The only drawback is the terrible sound quality. At some points the sound is tinny and echoey.
"Great story, especially in light of his own death."
Wonderful way to end the Death Trilogy, very funny and profound, as always.
Some popping and what sounds like someone reading a different audiobook next door.
Planer reads very well.
"Great story and narration, poor recording quality"
Soul Music focuses on two of my favourite characters, Death and his granddaughter, Susan. The themes of the story story switch between rock music and Death trying to forget everything by various mean, including drinking scumble (which is mostly made from apples) and joining the Klatchian Foreign Legion.
The narrator is good and the only criticism I have of this audiobook is the poor quality of recording - we listened to it recently on a long car journey, and the low quality recording, including poor bass/treble balance, was frustrating.
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