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(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1996; Copyright © Terry and Lyn Pratchett, 1994
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.
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.
"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.
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.
"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.
"Great as usual but . . ."
The only drawback is the terrible sound quality. At some points the sound is tinny and echoey.
"Great Pratchett, poor recording and poor voices"
Really awful recording ruins the atmosphere of the otherwise great story. Stephen Briggs definately needs to re-do all of the Planer ones.
Stephen Briggs, hands down.
"We're on a mission......"
Pratchett never said his books were a commentary on humanity. It was just a co-incidence that people link the stories of Discworld to 'similar' situations on Earth.
Often Terry Pratchett hid the similarities so the reader has the fun of finding them. This is not the case with Soul Music, the similarities are front and centre, from the first to last page (literally). Most of the Discworld books are part of micro-series (Guards, Witches, Moist, Wizards, Death). This one is officially a DEATH book, with a side order of wizards, but it is really the 'Music with Rocks in' that plays thoughout the book.
One small issue with the recording. The ends of the original tapes hadn't been snipped off properly at one point.
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