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The Colour of Magic: Discworld 1 | [Terry Pratchett]

The Colour of Magic: Discworld 1

The Colour of Magic, the first novel in Terry Pratchett's wildly imaginative Discworld series, takes the listener on a remarkable journey. The magical planet of Discworld is supported by four massive elephants who stand on the back of the Great A'Tuin, a giant turtle swimming slowly through the mysterious interstellar gulf. An eccentric expedition sets out to explore the planet, encountering dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and, of course, "The Edge" of the planet.
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The Colour of Magic, the first novel in Terry Pratchett's wildly imaginative Discworld series, takes the listener on a remarkable journey. The magical planet of Discworld is supported by four massive elephants who stand on the back of the Great A'Tuin, a giant turtle swimming slowly through the mysterious interstellar gulf. The adventure begins when an eccentric expedition sets out to explore the planet. The group, including an ineffective wizard and a naive tourist (whose luggage moves on its own little legs) encounters dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and, of course "The Edge" of the planet.

Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards.

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(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1995; Copyright © Terry Pratchett, 1983; Cover Illustration © Josh Kirby

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    Matthias Hohn 12-10-13 Member Since 2014
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    "poorest audio quality ever"
    Would you try another book from Terry Pratchett and/or Nigel Planer?

    I want the whole series.


    What other book might you compare The Colour of Magic to and why?

    Terry Pratchett doesn't need any comparisions.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nigel Planer?

    I actually can't really evaluate the narrator due to poor audio quality.


    What character would you cut from The Colour of Magic?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    Audible must be pretty desperate to even consider selling this audio book. The audio quality is the worst I have ever experienced.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Reka Margreid, Italy 09-11-13
    Reka Margreid, Italy 09-11-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Horrible audio quality"

    This was very difficult to listen to, and I couldn't take more than ten minutes of the recording.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Randers, Denmark 12-20-11
    Michael Randers, Denmark 12-20-11 Member Since 2011
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    "if you don't know pratchett this is where to start"
    What did you love best about The Colour of Magic?

    and wonderful rich story, with wellrounded characters and a humor that you can only appriciate and wonder at anyone ever thinking up


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Colour of Magic?

    i will not ruin the moment for you, just remember when i say


    Have you listened to any of Nigel Planer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Nigel is a wellrounded reader and his performance is always stellar...
    i've listened to more than one book simply because he was the one reading it


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    there already IS a movie based on this book...


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Reza Chambesy, Switzerland 08-03-11
    Reza Chambesy, Switzerland 08-03-11 Member Since 2002
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    "Horrible audio quality!"

    I could not listen to this book for more than 10 minutes without getting a headache. The audio quality is VERY poor, and it sounds like it was recorded in a public bathroom with tiled walls.....

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    G. Askew Melbourne, Australia 12-04-14
    G. Askew Melbourne, Australia 12-04-14 Member Since 2012
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    "As good as expected :)"
    Would you listen to The Colour of Magic again? Why?

    I'm just getting started on the Discworld books, and I suspect it will be quite a while before I return to this first book in the series. I have a lot of listening ahead of me...


    Any additional comments?

    For me, the concern about audio quality turned out to be unfounded. One of the characters, and in fact the opening narration use an echo to create a particular soundscape. That can make it a little tricky to hear, given the age of the recording. The bulk of the recording is completely normal spoken word, with no problems.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mr Philip A Costley Sydney Australia 09-26-08
    Mr Philip A Costley Sydney Australia 09-26-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book poor recording"

    I love this book and the naration is great. The audio quality is poor though and there are distinct switches in tone at times.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ulrika Sundsvall, Sweden 02-18-15
    Ulrika Sundsvall, Sweden 02-18-15
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    "Good story, bad audio quality"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Storywise and performancewise, I have no complaints, but the audio quality was very uneven. It must have been transferred from som old cassette recordings, where some of the cassettes were of very poor quality.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Colour of Magic?

    I really loved the optimistic and daring view of life that was displayed by the tourist, Twoflower. Death is also a very interesting character!


    Which character – as performed by Nigel Planer – was your favorite?

    I think it's a tie between Twoflower and Death.


    Was The Colour of Magic worth the listening time?

    Yes, despite the poor quality, I really enjoyed listening to it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    marc 01-24-13
    marc 01-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "GREAT but nothing is perfect"
    What did you like best about The Colour of Magic? What did you like least?

    whats not to love? Apart from... hum... the recording quality is... shall we say, interesting but NOVEL! a bit more cooling power in the helmet of the troll recording ingeneer would of been nice... BUT IT'S ORIGINAL, different! If you pick up on the series the quality get's better and better, to the point where diskworld audio books gain a new dimention. The story is great, brilliant, funny, intelligent. Give the troll a chance, get's better and better with each book! PS sorry for the spelling, I used the Ankmorpork dislexikus dictionary uncorector


    Any additional comments?

    maybe get the troll a freezer to work in?

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    Kerri Moolap, Australia 12-17-12
    Kerri Moolap, Australia 12-17-12
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    "Rincewind to the rescue - maybe?"
    What made the experience of listening to The Colour of Magic the most enjoyable?

    I loved the characters. Nigel Planer's performance gave real life to the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Luggage takes no prisoners.


    What does Nigel Planer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The performance gave depth and personality to the characters. Reading would have been words without humour.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Poor Rincewind tries so hard but just can't make it happen.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    BE Edenvale, South Africa 08-23-11
    BE Edenvale, South Africa 08-23-11
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    "Worst audio quality so far"

    Nigel Planer does his best to make this catastrophe worth the credit or money spent on it but even he is unable to save it. Truly horrible audio quality, sounds like he's standing in an echo chamber.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Claire
    Hever, Kent, United Kingdom
    9/2/08
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    "A magical good read!"

    This is one film I won?t need to go an see - the book is so well read by Nigel Planer that it is almost as if I have seen the characters as they lurch from one adventure to the next. If you like fantasy with a good seasoning of humour, imagination and trickery, this is the book for you!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Martin
    Carnforth, United Kingdom
    7/29/11
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    "story & narration great -poor audio quality"

    unfortunately this gave poor sound reproduction. not sure why but spoiled my enjoyment (a bit). Nigel Planer was perfect the narrator for this wacky tale. It felt like hitchhikers guide to the galaxy, only with magic instead of space travel.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Jerry
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    3/23/12
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    "Might have been a good book..crackling put me off"

    This is not a quality recording. Audible should not be selling this substandard audiobook. The story might be wonderful but I gave up after 15 minutes because the recording is so bad - I missed words and phrases. Sort it out Audible!

    12 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Frank
    7/29/14
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    "Audio - white noise"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Colour of Magic to be better than the print version?

    No.


    What three words best describe Nigel Planer’s performance?

    Excellent, cunning, clever. Alas, the audio quality is abysmal!


    Any additional comments?

    The audio quality of this recording is miserable. There is plenty of white noise throughout the recording which make this a very unpleasant experience.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stuart
    RoughleeUnited Kingdom
    4/20/11
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    "Great book shame about the audio quality."

    Great book shame about the audio quality.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    Doncaster, SYK, United Kingdom
    10/1/09
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    "the turtle moves for the first time"

    The first in Terry Pratchett's amazing discworld series, in which we meet Wrincewind, the failed wizard and champion runner away, and twoflower, a tourist in a world where most people don't even know what a tourist is, and of course who could forget the luggage? no one since it follows behind on its hundreds of little legs. This book, while not the best of Pratchett's works, is nevertheless the best introduction to the amazing discworld, and a marvelous parody of all worlds, including our own. Don't worry too much about following the plot of this one, just relax and enjoy the fun of a journey through a world where nothing is quite as you'd expect it to be. For the best reading of this book, I would recommend the abridged version, read by the unbeatable Tony Robinson. However if you're like me, and think there's no point in hearing a book unless you hear all of it, then Nigel Planer also does a very good job with the unabridged version. I'm not good at writing reviews, but I love every Terry Pratchett book I've ever read, and I have a great affection for this one since it's the first in the discworld series, and the discworld series truly is one of the greatest literary achievments of our time in my opinion. This book is as I said, mainly a parody of all things fantasy, particularly of fairytales and legends. But like all the discworld books, it contains an interesting sprinkling of satire and comment, but above all, it's an exciting and fun story to read, perfect if you want to unwind from a hard day, I've even heard that the first part of the book is a great help in sending you off to sleep. So in conclusion, if you enjoy fantasy, or even if you don't, please give this book a try, I feel confident that The Colour Of Magic, and indeed the rest of the discworld series has something for everyone

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Maria
    Thetford, Norfolk, United Kingdom
    10/25/09
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    "Brilliant book"

    Brilliant book this has been my first experience of audio-books and I think I?m hooked.
    The voice from Nigel Planer is great he changes voices for all the characters, I especially like his voice for Twoflower and Death (Death seems to be soo nice!)
    The story is very different and it took me some time to get use to the description of the Author but if
    you think about it makes good sense.
    Very good can?t wait to hear the next one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nils
    D?rthGermany
    3/21/10
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    "great content, lousy sound quality"

    It was a great pleasure for me to get introduced to terry pratchetts amazing work by hilarious Nigel Planer. One really notices a great difference between characters and the atmosphere he creates makes it fun to listen.
    The only annoying thing about this version is the bad sound quality. It seems the mp3 file was copied from old tapes. There is a constant hissing and overall sound is very rattling and lacks of middle and deep frequencies. Listening in the car was because of that either hard to understand or rather painfull. In my opinion that doesn?t justify to the price I paid. But never the less I managed to enjoy listening.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Eilert
    Lensvik, Norway
    7/18/13
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    "Decent reading, decent novel, very badly recorded"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This is the first book in the Discworld series, and as such it's not bad. Going back ti this, after having read some of the later, far more sophisticated stuff, one can be slightly surprised at how un-developed the concept and Pratchett's writing is, and how impressive it is to note how far he's come since. Nigel Planer's reading is quite good, but it's all ruined by a complete botch job by the recording and mastering engineer(s). Lots of hiss, that typical hum you get from badly earthed recording equipment, and some very strange choices in sound effects. I almost feel bad about this review, as I haven't written any reviews about the other adio books I have by Terry Pratchett ( I suppose I have at least thirty, between my iTunes Store and Audible ones), but I am just very surprised that the ones responsible, Mr Pratchett, Audible, and so on, haven't taken the opportunity to either clean up the existing recorded material or re-record it, as this is very close to a ripoff, something I find disappointing. A few of the Audible Pratchett books open with an angry sounding man warning us not to copy, distribute or even listen to audio books with friends, and in view of this poor showing I find that franky insulting.


    If you’ve listened to books by Terry Pratchett before, how does this one compare?

    Some of the other early recordings also leave something to be desired, but on the whole they're quite decent, as is Mr Planer's performance here. But I've never heard such an atrocious sound quality from ANY spoken word recording, not even those old recordings from before the war.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Nigel Planer’s performances?

    I have, and Mr Planer's performance is generally very good. he needs to be far better served by the technical staff than on this outing.


    Any additional comments?

    In its current state I could not recommend this recording, even if it's a decent performance of a decent first novel.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    East Sussex, UK
    2/21/15
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    "confused"

    Spent most of the book confused! Great characterisation but pauses between scene and chapter changes would really have helped.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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