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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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    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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    Rob Unley, Australia 08-14-12
    Rob Unley, Australia 08-14-12
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    "Great book, great narration... Low quality sound"
    Would you listen to The Colour of Magic again? Why?

    Absolutely. A great book and brilliantly narrated


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

    Most other Terry Pratchett novels


    What about Nigel Planer’s performance did you like?

    His characterisation is second to none.


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

    Yes but it took me 3!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Linkoping, Sweden 04-30-12
    Thomas Linkoping, Sweden 04-30-12
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    "Brilliant book, mediocre storytelling"
    What did you like best about The Colour of Magic? What did you like least?

    Terry Prachet is a genius and the book has an outstanding sense of humor.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The wordplays and hidden references to modern society.


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

    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.


    Do you think The Colour of Magic needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, all Terry Pratchett books deserve a follow up.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Hiet-Block 03-26-12 Member Since 2013
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    "The recording is just too low quality"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daniella kvelde, Norway 12-13-11
    Daniella kvelde, Norway 12-13-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Audio is terrible - story great"

    This is a great story, but really and truly appalling audio.I would not recommend this audiobook to anyone.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tomasz Warsaw, Poland 10-21-11
    Tomasz Warsaw, Poland 10-21-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Terrible audio quality"

    I like this book but the audio quality makes it unbearable to listen.
    I don't recommend this version.

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    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
  • Vivian
    New Malden, United Kingdom
    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
  • 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 7 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Adam Malone
    5/19/15
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    "The start of a wonderful journey across the Disc."

    I always had trouble reading The Colour of Magic, it's so different from the other Discworld books. But listening to the story unfold has been an amazing treat full of laughs and weird fantasy.

    The recording could be better, it's muffled in places and is sometimes hard to hear.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brigham
    5/19/15
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    "First TP story"

    Fancied something a little different and wasn't disappointed. Good story, imaginatively created and very well read. At some points I actually forgot that it's the same person doing all the characters. Nigel brings each to life in a way that makes the story play out in your minds eye and very believable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden
    5/13/15
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    "Well read but poor sound quality."

    Always loved Terry Pratchett and the story was well read. However the sound quality was intermittent and at times very poor.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miles Opie
    5/3/15
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    "Most enjoyable book"

    Enjoyed going back to where the Discworld began. Nigel Planer's reading was excellent, good characterisations. Looking forward to hearing more in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tessa Darby
    4/28/15
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    "Love disk world"

    A great first book, full of all you expect it to be.
    Terry Pratchett is a fab author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • NATASHA
    4/26/15
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    "Very poor sound quality"

    Overall very disappointed with the sound quality which impacted the performance. It is an excellent book and this did not do it justice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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