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(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1995; Copyright © Terry Pratchett, 1983; Cover Illustration © Josh Kirby
Absolutely. A great book and brilliantly narrated
Most other Terry Pratchett novels
His characterisation is second to none.
Yes but it took me 3!
Terry Prachet is a genius and the book has an outstanding sense of humor.
The wordplays and hidden references to modern society.
A group of people. There is really nothing wrong with Nigel Planner but it's hardly fair to ask a narrator to be able to do 15 different voices and in the end they all sound the same.
Yes, all Terry Pratchett books deserve a follow up.
The writer has a fast paced style that is hard to follow sometimes. He also likes to bring in real physics ideas and add magic to them that doesn't really work that well.
"Great story, average audio."
Brilliant story, but the audio kept jumping volume every chapter. none the less, very much worth it!
"Colour of magic"
Great story for my first audio book well read by Nigel. Looking forward to the next audio book. Thanks peeps
"Absolutely awful recording. "
This is absolutely the worst audiobook recording I have ever heard. The sound quality is strictly 1996 grade, each chapter is obviously recorded using a different microphone in what sounds like the inside of a different cardboard tube each time. The sound is scratchy, missing any recognisable form of EQ to level it out, so you're left with this garbled mess of scratchy nonsense that sounds like you're being narrated a story from inside a dishwasher.
The story is great though, Discworld has been talked up to me by a lot of people for a very long time, so I'm glad the story is living up to my expectations.
But seriously, the audio quality is damning. I will probably return this book after I've listened to it because frankly it doesn't deserve the 1 credit it took to purchase this abysmal crap.
Audible need to get rid of this book and get someone with actual knowledge on how to record audio to do it.
"The Colour of Magic."
As the first of the Discworld books, this is always going to be one which you either love or hate!
Nigel Planer does a good job, and it is interesting to hear names and places pronounced after having read them oneself for so long!
"Bad audio, decent story"
Awful echo on the audio at times. The story itself was good and definitely enjoyable but never really made me laugh out loud. As it's the first book though I expect later ones will improve on the phrasing and timing.
"Perfect start to a brilliant series"
Rincewind will now forever be associated with Nigel Planers voice. Highly recommended for old D and D heads to children with a more quizzical mind.
I know that some will find the sound annoying, but in many parts it aids the tale...
A brilliantly read and performance of a masterpiece.
"Pratchett is fantastic as always"
Fast flowing and fun storyline
Magic, wizardry and barbarians!
Planer brings to life each individual character in a way you wouldn't think possible
"Welcome to Discworld"
The opening book of the immensely popular Discworld series is brought to life by Nigel Planer. The recording shows a little bit of age but the brilliance of the story shines through, which makes it a must in anyones library
Twoflower is such an endearing innocent in an alien aggressive world. His attempts to blend in and understand this world with the relentless enthusiasm that befits the discs first tourist are a joy to read and listen to.
The recording is a little dated and worn, but Nigel Planers narration is worth listening to. I was brought up listening to radio stations that never quite tuned in clearly at night, and to vinyl, so the wear and tear on this recording is hardly detracting.
Wonderful for Discworld enthusiasts and for those who have not yet had the pleasure of learning about this strange, yet surprisingly similar, alien world, well worth an afternoon or two of your time.
"Pretty good story - low quality recording"
I like the humour, the light heartedness, and many of the characters. Also enjoy Planer's performance. I liked the quality of the recording the least. This is not up to Audibles usual standard, unfortunately.
I listened to The Light Fantastic right after this one, and I must say I liked the second book better than I liked The Colour of Magic. I can't quite pinpoint why, I'm afraid. Maybe I like the characters from the second part better... Or maybe the author has more room to be playful and creative when the stage is set and the protagonists introduced. Either way - the first one is alright, but The Light Fantastic is what convinces me that this series deserves its popularity.
I think Planer did a brilliant job with all of the characters - brought them to life and kept them apart. I must, however, say that the quality of the recording isn't very good. As someone who's native language is not English, I occationally couldn't even make out what word it was, due to the low quality production.
Absolutely, but the story gets better in the second book.
I've finally gotten started on this series - and I can't wait to continue. I enjoy how Pratchett is playing around with fantasy clichés.
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