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Sourcery: Discworld, Book 5 | [Terry Pratchett]

Sourcery: Discworld, Book 5

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.
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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

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    Tony CanberraAustralia 10-10-08
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    "Sourcery (Unabridged)"

    Certainly one of Terry Pratchett's best novels. I laughted all thru the listening (the narrator helped a lot here). It does not depend on a detailed knowledge of Pratchett's characters to enjoy. Some of his other books are best enjoyed once you are familiar with them.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Grovedale, Alberta, Canada 10-12-10
    Jason Grovedale, Alberta, Canada 10-12-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Well read, great book"

    The book itself was great as have all Discworld books I've read, Nigel was excellent as the narrator and was clear and easily understood. Full props to him for that.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • David
    Fleet, Hants, United Kingdom
    8/9/10
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    "Pratchett on top form"

    Sir Terry really hits his stride with Sourcery. Packed with his customary wit, erudition and a driving plot to boot, you couldn't ask much more of a Discworld novel. The narration is flawless and the range of character voices exquisite. To my fellow passengers on the 0722 to Waterloo I can only apologise for the many laugh-out-loud passages contained within this book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Jim
    WickhambreauxUnited Kingdom
    5/19/08
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    "Excellent listen but had to strain"

    The book as expected was brilliant and listening to it come to life under Nigel Planner's orchestrated vocals was brilliant. However, the actual sound quality appeared to let it down slightly. I am unsure if this is my earphones or the iPod version but there was a tinniness to it that made it hard to hear at times.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Janet
    Aylesford, United Kingdom
    2/7/12
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    "Lots of fun and magic!"

    Although this is an early book, I've already downloaded a dozen or more Discworld novels. This one was a rollicking good listen, with laughs all the way and plenty of magic. Poor old Rincewind is at his most adorable - cowardly but brave in his own little way! The theme this time is roughly Aladdin and the Arabian Nights, with some interesting new characters - Conina the reluctant (but highly-skilled) Barbarian and Nijjel the string-bean spotty teenager Apprentice Barbarian. The Genie with his mobile phone is a hoot! I always enjoy Nigel Planer's reading, although he is racing a bit at the beginning. The only reason I give 4 stars and not 5 is the quality of the recording, which is not Mr Planer's fault (unless he actually CHOSE to sit in a steel cubicle with a 1970's dictaphone and a mouthful of cottonwool).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca
    4/23/15
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    "fantastic"

    another flawless performance by Mr Planer. I think he was born to narrate these books he brings the stories to life for me. Thank you x

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Judith Cresswell
    4/6/15
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    "Brilliant! Hilarious! Thought-provoking!"
    Where does Sourcery rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    in the top ten!


    What about Nigel Planer’s performance did you like?

    fantastic.. the perfect dead pan delivery.


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

    laughed loads of times.


    Any additional comments?

    Sir Terry has no equal.. and this is one of his best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J. Want
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    3/30/15
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    "one of my favourites. Great story and characters."

    Don't bother reading as anymore reviews, just get it it's fun and you will.get lost in the story

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  • Amazon Customer
    Nottingham, United Kingdom
    3/29/15
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    "Being at the mercy of your destiny can be harsh"

    To have high expectations of your child is natural, but this father took it too far. And sometimes being well-meaning can be hazardous to a coward. But the world and your hat always leaves some hope...

    That is my summary of this story. To see how accurate that is please listen to this excellently narrated and brilliantly written tale from the late Terry Pratchett.

    Thank you for the joy you brought to our world with your world, Mr Pratchett.

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  • Jay
    3/8/15
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    "fun"

    Really fun book full of good laughs and fun. Lots of interesting characters and funny one lights and descriptions

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. M. A. Roe
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    3/3/15
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    "Great story - audio quality lets it down"

    As usual Great story line with Tony Robinson as a great narrator but the quality of the recording varies drastically throughout 😞

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jason
    belfast, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "another triumph"

    Terry Pratchett never fails to deliver an exciting read. The wizard books are always the best in my opinion and this may be the best one in the series. The narration by Nigel Planer is also high quality and he really helps bring out the different personalities in the characters. As always with the discworld books i would advise you to buy it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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