Somewhere on the frontier between thought and reality exists the Discworld, a parallel time and place that might sound and smell very much like our own, but that looks completely different. It plays by different rules. Certainly it refuses to succumb to the quaint notion that universes are ruled by pure logic and the harmony of numbers. But just because the Disc is different doesn't mean that some things don't stay the same. Its very existence is about to be threatened by a strange new blight: the arrival of the first tourist, upon whose survival rests the peace and prosperity of the land. But if the person charged with maintaining that survival in the face of robbers, mercenaries, and, well, Death, is a spectacularly inept wizard, a little logic might turn out to be a very good idea.
The Colour of Magic is the first novel in Terry Pratchett's acclaimed Discworld series, of which some 20 million copies have been sold.
©Terry and Lyn Pratchett; (P)Corgi Audio
"Pratchett is a comic genius." (Daily Express)
Unfortunately no unabridged version of this book is available here.
The abridged version destroys the immersion for me completely.
Characters are thrown from once place to another, people are introduced and then discarded without further context.
"Persevere - you won't be disappointed"
It took me 3 goes (once trying to read the book itself) before I 'got it'. There is a mindset that accompanies appreciation of Mr Pratchett's sense of humour and incredible imagination. Now I have that mindset, I'm hooked!!
"If only this narrator did the unabridged"
Easy and happy listening, author has a unique sense of humour which ensures your attention. Strange at first but then you can't put it down
"Wish Tony Robinson did the unabridged"
Tony Robinson does a fantastic performance. I've been a fan of Tony Robinson and Terry Pratchett all my life. However this book is so poorly abridged that its actually an offense the the brilliant discworld series. Get the unabridged version. Nigel Planer is almost as good and the book just needs to be read in its entirety.
"Way too abridged - but still a good listen"
Now I know it must be a COMPLETE nightmare abridging Terry Pratchet, but I still think that essentially halving the content was a bit harsh. I only bought this because all of the reviews from the unabridged version complain about the poor audio quality. I think that it's time for a new version personally.
If you've read the book, you will find huge chunks missing. If not, you probably won't notice that much as the "plot bits" are still left in. My two boys (aged 7 and 9) really enjoyed it and its a good introduction to the Diskworld. I would highly recommend buying the unabridged version of Book 2 (The Light Fantastic) to follow on with however. It will make much more sense.
I might listen to it again, but it'll be the unabridged version, which is a shame.
It has to be Rincewind really, his generally pessimistic outlook on life was fantastically juxtaposed with Twoflower and his eternal optimism.
"In a world, on a disc, on 4 elephants, on a turtle, trouble is a-brewing"
I love this book and Tony Robinson really brought the characters to life. At the time when I was deciding which version to download I didn't notice that this was the unabridged version, which is a shame for 2 reasons: 1) I would have liked to have heard the full story. 2) The next books I've downloaded in the series are not narrated by Tony Robinson.
I love these in book format but in audio they are fab, I really love the way Tony Robinson brings the whole Discworld to life. Terry is a wonderful author and I love all of his books. I will add more books as and when I can to my library.
It`s the way in which Tony Robinson tells the story.
Tony Robinson brings to life the various characters with a veritiy of voices and a light style of narration.
Did make me laugh in places.
It`s just a shame that it`s an abrigded version could have listened all day.
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