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The Colour of Magic Audiobook

The Colour of Magic: Discworld 1

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Kristian 02-28-16
    Kristian 02-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Audio is echoed"
    What would have made The Colour of Magic better?

    i wish there was a version without sound effect of echoes and other stuff.


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

    Any other


    What character would you cut from The Colour of Magic?

    No charatcher


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    Annalinde 02-09-16
    Annalinde 02-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it"

    Of course, absolutely brilliant writing and really great narration as well. Really enjoyed this book.

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    Elena Tanasoiu 09-14-15
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    "Audio quality is great. Interpretation also good."
    Where does The Colour of Magic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would rank it pretty high given that the people in the story are very endearing.


    Any additional comments?

    The first chapter starts with a booming voice that explains the structure of Discworld. This is part of the story and is meant to enhance the drama of the whole thing. Some people say the audio is poor or sounds like it's in an echo chamber. This is not true. Please ignore these comments.

    If there was an earlier version with errors, this is now fixed.

    The book is very well read and quite enjoyable to follow.

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    Batziy 06-03-15
    Batziy 06-03-15 Member Since 2016
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    "A little bit messy."
    Where does The Colour of Magic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have not listen to many Audiobook in my life (2 or 3 maby) so ranking it wont mean much.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Death. Don't have to explain!


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    ve to gotten some better recording gear!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    The book is a bit messy and was listening on it while I was working so I had a hard time following along in the story. So i had to cut it up in 3 sessions.


    Any additional comments?

    I would not recomend this book to a first time audiobook listener unless you sit down in a relaxing chair and focus 100% on the book. It's a lot to take in about the world and characters. But overall i liked it a will probably continue this serie.

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    Clairie 03-23-15
    Clairie 03-23-15
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    "Great as always but recording q varied throughout"

    Pratchett is genius

    The quality of the recording varied throughout which was distracting at times - especially for a full priced text.

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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.


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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.


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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.

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    Noreen Canada 03-23-15
    Noreen Canada 03-23-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Waste of time"

    I liked the narrator but the story was pointless.
    I don't recommend this book if you are interested in character development

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    Kiel
    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.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Rob
    Rijswijk ZH - Netherlands
    1/17/11
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    "Off the wall funny !"

    If you want a break from reality and a wicked view on our own world: a failed wizard on a flat world floating through Infinity on top of a giant turtle with his life randomly flicked about when the Gods throw the dice during their board game...
    Nigel Planer's narrative is perfect, as he flicks seamlessly through accents and voices for each of the wacky characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Viv
    8/11/10
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    "First of many delights - I hope"

    I am not a Pratchett fan - but this first disc world book was a charming and humorous delight. Well read and well paced - I will try some more.

    1 of 1 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
  • 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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • ross higgins
    8/25/16
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    "There are better editions of this book."

    I prefer Tony Robinson as the narrator, but that is abridged and this isn't, Nigel himself is serviceable, although I dislike him using his Neil from The Young Ones voice for Rincewind the wizard

    The story is excellent as always.

    where this version really falls down is the chunks of missing audio of 30 seconds and up, as well as the overall poor quality of the bits that are there, popping and hissing.

    In short try to find another version, like on CD or the abridged version by Tony Robinson.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Adam
    8/19/16
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    "Great work some bad audio"

    Story and character portrayal were great but sadly some low quality audio at points removed a lot of the immersion

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sheamus
    UK
    8/8/16
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    "shoddy sound quality"

    The story is excellent, as expected with a Discworld novel, however the sound quality was atrocious.

    The sound quality had volume fluctuations, intermittent background hiss, and generally felt like it had been copied off an old cassette tape.

    Nigel Planers performance was good, but heavily marred by the poor sound.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michael Gough
    6/26/16
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    "I'll Be Back"

    Nigel Planer was the perfect guide for my first visit to Discworld. The magical variety of his voice made sense of the incredible imagination of Terry Pratchett's writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. M. C. Edwards
    Bedford UK
    6/23/16
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    "Not the best but it was the first"
    Would you listen to The Colour of Magic again? Why?

    Yes I would and indeed I have. Having read all of the Discworld books and never taken to Rincewind I thought I'd like to listen to all the books again. I took me a little time to get to like Rincewind and Nigel Planer's narrative, but in the end, I did.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the way that STP brings 'the luggage' to life, I ended up beliving it was really alive and at times felt sorry for it.


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

    Having listened to over half of the Discworld audio books I think Nigel's narrative gets better in the later books.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I have never tried to listen to an audio book in one sitting, if I did I don't think it would be this one.


    Any additional comments?

    My only complaint and that is not with the story or the recording but with the way that STP wrote with no chapters, thus leaving no convenient place to leave off listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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