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
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.
The book is terrific and so is the narration. But sound effect of Death's voice is horrible. It is as if Death is talking through a megaphone. What's worse, the transition between a character's voice and Death's voice is not seamless. It is the equivalent of a bad photoshop job. Despite this, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and this flaw should not deter you from listening to a gem.
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.
"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.
"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).
"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.
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
"Brilliant! Hilarious! Thought-provoking!"
in the top ten!
fantastic.. the perfect dead pan delivery.
laughed loads of times.
Sir Terry has no equal.. and this is one of his best.
"Not TP's greatest tale - Production is awful"
I couldn't recommend this to a friend (especially as an Audio book). The story itself is not one of the strongest I've read in the Discworld series. Going Postal for example outshines this in terms of characters, humour and story. However, there are still laughs to be had and Rincewind / the Luggage make an appearance, as does Death - which is nice. The most significant issue here is the production - it's horrible.
For some reason the audio quality randomly switches between chapters - dropping not only in overall quality (and then jumping back up a chapter or several later) but also changing the volume (slight but noticeable). In addition to this, when a particular sound effect is used for a particular character voice the effect is not faded out when the character finishes speaking - it just cuts off. This is jarring and breaks the spell of the story. Finally, for some unknown reason it was deemed necessary to have what is presumably either footnotes or narration asides delivered in a different voice to the basic narration. This crashes in on the overall story and once again breaks the spell / takes the reader out of the world of the story.
This is the main reason for the 1 star performance rating - Nigel Planer does a reasonable job overall - not sparkling but ok - it's just that there isn't really anywhere else to flag the issues in the production specifically.
As noted above, the story did not feel as strong as some of the other Discworld books I've read so the ending was ok but I was left with a feeling that it was a case of trying to tie up a lot of strands that had been introduced - some of which had felt largely forgotten for chunks of the book - and sorting out something for all the major players. In other words - it didn't feel like the whole thing was well crafted and natural - more that it all needed wrapping up by such and such a page.
The performance was ok - I think for many people they will have created their own image / voice for certain characters in a series and so there is always a risk in having those characters voiced by someone else. Additionally, now that they have made some of these stories into TV shows there is another variable - I think David Jason captured Rincewind extremely well and so it was hard to adjust to a different interpretation initially.
The production issues highlighted above were a factor in the performance for me and were the main things I didn't enjoy.
Overall yes but I did strongly consider returning it initially.
I'm disappointed that Audible have allowed something like the audio quality to slip as it does in this book. I haven't found any issues with any other books so will hope that this is the exception to the rule.
A very decent performance but the booming bits of narration were way over the top.
"Re-read - or re-listen."
Love this book. Love all the PTerry's works to be honest, but this one has layers. Nigel Planer does a cracking job of reading it. Lovely.
"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
"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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