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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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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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    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?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.


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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.

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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.

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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
  • Videomole
    Kent, UK
    8/2/15
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    "Spellbindingly good!"

    The humours way this book guides you on its way through the world with the hapless wizard Rincewind is spellbindingly good... Well written and full of adventures!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crackaig
    7/26/15
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    "The beginning, the first glance at genius."
    Would you listen to The Colour of Magic again? Why?

    And again and again! There is always something more to discover. The Disc World is a wonderful place to escape to.


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

    Two Flower meeting Rincewind in the Broken Drum, the joy of innocence.


    What about Nigel Planer’s performance did you like?

    Great characterisation. Though he defines the characters well he resists the temptation to caricature them. That would spoil the the genius of Partchett


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I wouldn't; please don't. The pictures are so much better in the audio version!


    Any additional comments?

    Sir Terry gave us the most wonderful place, and people to enjoy. I have been reading and listening to his tales for well over 20 years now, They are still as fresh today. Brilliant writer, and a sad loss.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • V J
    Burnley, Lancs, United Kingdom
    7/25/15
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    "Where it all began"

    I've always loved this book and while Sir Terry got better and better this is still a very good book. All the elements are there and it only really suffers from an episodic nature that makes it slightly more like a string of novellas than a novel in its own right.

    The reading is goodish, but there's a couple of misreads from time to time, I guess it's a long thing to read!

    Altogether, you should hear this and probably first!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • H. Minton
    7/24/15
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    "Audio not clear enough and it seemed crackly at times."

    Really enjoyed previous TP book but this was a weaker production overall. We considered sending it back but did not know how to while on holiday in France!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • matthew
    Bampton, United Kingdom
    7/21/15
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    "The colour of genius"

    The book and the way it's story unravels, the depth of characters, how they intertwine are glorious. I love how my imagination gets such exercise as I try to picture a wooden chest with over a hundred feet and many teeth!

    I can think of very few story tellers that can grab me, hold me, and have me laughing out loud regardless of public I happen to be as I hear this story told.
    Terry Pratchett will be forever missed, thank God for him and his gift.

    The Disc world he has created with its elephants and weird physics is genius.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • susieeod
    7/20/15
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    "A revelation"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Colour of Magic to be better than the print version?

    I had never read any Terry Pratchett, and had never been sure I would really like his books. I am not really sure why now! This was fantastic.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The complexity of the world Terry Pratchett has created is wonderful.


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

    Twoflower and Rincewind are the standout characters for me, but Nigel Planer is just a fantastic reader, his ability to create different voices for the many characters is just fantastic, and makes the book easier to follow, and very funny.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sally-Anne
    7/20/15
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    "a Joy to return too"

    The start of a magical journey, the introduction of what come to be much loved characters as the disk world series builds. I really enjoyed Nigel Planer's narration skills.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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