A sourcerer is born in Discworld: a wizard so powerful that he makes all other magicians look like a bunch of fools in pointy hats. Now, suddenly, Discworld is brought to the brink of an all-out thaumaturgical war. The only hope for peace is Rincewind, the failed magician who has a risky plan to save the world. He enlists the help of several odd new characters, including Conina the barbarian hairdresser, Nijel the Destroyer, and a yuppie genie who sees lamps as a growth industry. This is the fifth book in the Discworld series.
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(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1995; Copyright © Terry and Lyn Pratchett, 1988; Cover Illustration © Josh Kirby
You can't help but develop a soft spot for that cowardly wizard, Rincewind. Terry Pratchet has an unsurpassed wit and there couldn't be a more perfect narrator for these novels than Nigel Planer. These two pair up wonderfully for Sorcery. The world is in danger. Can Rincewind save it? You will have a ball finding out!
Losing one star on the rating for the recording and narration . . . Having read and listened to a number of Terry Pratchett's later Discworld stories, as well as the non-Discworld, "Nation", I decided to begin catching up on earlier stories. I listened to The Color of Magic and the Light Fantastic, and now this one. I have noticed a definite maturing of flow and humor from the early books to later ones, and the same applies to the reading by Nigel Planer. (I think I prefer Stephen Briggs, who does the Tiffany Aching Discworld stories.) This particular recording seems second class. The volume and tone quality from one (apparently) recording session to another throughout sections of the book are far from consistent. And, the hollow -metal-room effect of the reading of footnotes is unnecessary and weird. There was a bit of this technic used for the voice of Death in The Color of Magic, too. I think it's a distraction rather than an enhancement. Still, it's tolerable, and as always, Terry Pratchett is amazingly skilled and perceptive, so purchase this one when it's on sale and you won't be wasting any money.
Avid bowler, reader, and player of games. Lover of all things Star Wars and Bacon.
Rincewind is at it again and the Luggage tags along. This is a good book and the reader does a good job with it. However, the recording has a tinny sound, even when the narrator isn't talking directly to the reader. Pratchett has a very fine sense of humor and sometimes strange wit.
Another great addition to the series for sure. Rincewind makes a great leading character for a story with this much humor. Pretty much every time he runs into trouble I am chuckling or laughing at his response. Without giving too much away I also enjoyed his partner for this story as well as several of the other characters introduced in this book. The epilogue is especially compelling I think, although I am a total sucker for that anthropomorphic personification Death, so that probably has something to do with why I think that.
I have to take a full star off for the abysmal audio quality here though (I am being generous here - the audio ALMOST ruins the experience). It sounds like it was recorded in someone's basement off of old radio broadcasts. The sound fades and the quality totally changes from one paragraph to the next, perhaps due to different recording sessions. They also use an extremely and unnecessary jarring sound effect for footnotes (I didn't realize they were foot notes until I read some other reviews). It's the same effect they use for Death's voice, but at least it makes some sense in that context, for footnotes it comes totally out of the blue and completely takes you out of the story. If it wasn't such a good story and part of the great series it is I would recommend staying away due to the worst audio I have come across on Audible.
The least helpful reviewer on audible.
I’ve never felt so unworthy to write a review. Sir Terry Pratchett was a literary god among men. He knew exactly the right words to use and he placed them in the most precise way no matter how much the squirmy bastards tried to run away. No one could turn a better phrase or describe things the way he could. I challenge anyone to read a Discworld novel and not view the world in a different way.
If you have already read or listened to a Discworld book in the past then all you need to know about this one is it’s just as incredible. This is another tale of Rincewind and his luggage. I think there was something that made me laugh out loud at least every 10-15 minutes. The people around me probably thought I was nuts, but I’m not sure because I’m not telepathic and I was too busy listening to an audio book to ask.
If you have never read or listened to a Discworld book before then shame on you. These books are the only reason that some societies teach their children to read. That was not true, but it should be.
Nigel Planer is the perfect person to narrate these books. I can think of no one better. However, the quality of the recording is kind of pitiful. I could be mistaken but I think it was taken from old cassette tapes. That’s what it sounds like. Also, the producer’s choice to use sound effects was a mistake. I mean, there has to be a better way to indicate a footnote than to use a blaring echo effect. It was super annoying.
…and so ends this review.
This is a good story and it was nice to see Rincewind and The Luggage again. The reader did an excellent job of voicing the characters and bringing out the humor and wit of the author. I liked it and I'd recommend it, but I wouldn't rate at in the top of the stack of the Discworld's that I've listened to so far. But even the bottom of the Discworld stack is above many many other books in the genre.
Soldier, Teacher, Student, Avid reader, Writer, Christian, Gamer, Geek, and very demanding of my audio experience.
Yes, as always Terry Pratchett delivers another great, ridiculously illogical, logic to the various plots, twists, and paroxysmal humor present on, around, above, and under the Disk.
Death. He reminds me of my High School math teacher... dry humor, hilarious detachment
Just about everything, the dry, straight delivery of the ridiculousness of the story is perfect.
Yes, had a hard time 'putting it down', good thing I could 'work' and 'read' at the same time.
I was delighted to discover that Rincewind didn't disappear forever at the end of Book 2. And what's not to love about the luggage.
I love the entire Discworld series. The writing is amazing and the reading just enhances the experience.
I would never unpack all the nuances of the librarian's "ook" without Nigel's reading.
I want to lock myself in with this entire series and not come out until I've listened to every last book.
I can't wait to start on Book 6.
Terry Pratchett is one of those rare authors who is able to write fun and funny books without seeming to work for the laughs. His sense of humor is sometimes a bit dark, but that is not in any way a negative, IMHO. And he slips in enough Universal Truth (tm) about the human condition that one could forgive him even if he didn't make one grin while reading.
The performance by Nigel Planer in this book is spot-on. The characters come alive without him resorting to stretches far outside his comfortable range, which can be a distraction with other readers. The response to anyone calling out to our protagonist as "Boy.." is so well done that the facial expression and even body language of the reply "Mort. My name is Mort" is clear as can be. Poor fellow.
All I can really say of value is: Recommended. Highly recommended. Get this book.
Yes. I have read and listened to Terry Pratchett's books many times.I really love visiting Discworld and all the people who live there. I have introduced many friends to Discworld and they are all just as enchanted as I am :-)
Sam Vimes. His character has really grown over the series. He has some of the best lines and plots - and his relationship with Lord VetInari is priceless!
He has a wonderful voice.
Every Terry Pratchett book makes me laugh out loud.
Discworld books are like potato chips - you can't have just one.
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