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(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1995; Copyright © Terry Pratchett, 1983; Cover Illustration © Josh Kirby
i wish there was a version without sound effect of echoes and other stuff.
I would rank it pretty high given that the people in the story are very endearing.
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.
I have not listen to many Audiobook in my life (2 or 3 maby) so ranking it wont mean much.
Death. Don't have to explain!
ve to gotten some better recording gear!
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.
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.
Pratchett is genius
The quality of the recording varied throughout which was distracting at times - especially for a full priced text.
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.
I really loved the optimistic and daring view of life that was displayed by the tourist, Twoflower. Death is also a very interesting character!
I think it's a tie between Twoflower and Death.
Yes, despite the poor quality, I really enjoyed listening to it.
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
maybe get the troll a freezer to work in?
I loved the characters. Nigel Planer's performance gave real life to the book.
The Luggage takes no prisoners.
The performance gave depth and personality to the characters. Reading would have been words without humour.
Poor Rincewind tries so hard but just can't make it happen.
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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
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!
"Decent reading, decent novel, very badly recorded"
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.
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.
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.
In its current state I could not recommend this recording, even if it's a decent performance of a decent first novel.
"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.
"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
"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.
"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.
"Not the best but it was the first"
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.
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.
Having listened to over half of the Discworld audio books I think Nigel's narrative gets better in the later books.
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.
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.
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