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The Colour of Magic Audiobook

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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    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    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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    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!


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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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    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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    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
  • N. Pederzani
    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.

    7 of 10 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
  • Anthony
    4/23/16
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    "brilliant"

    the audio quality warning was a bit of a red flag prior to listening, but it really wasn't bad at all, this is a must listen for any fiction fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • claire
    4/18/16
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    "Amazing"

    Awesome.... It's going to take me a while to get through all of these!!!! Totally addicting if you like this kind of thing you won't regret it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    4/17/16
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    "Unreal"

    This audio book is unreal I'm dyslexic and I have always wanted to read disk world and now I can listen to while in bed this makes me happy!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • BooBear
    4/15/16
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    "Fabulous yarn, well read but hard to follow"

    I am now three books in to this series, and I love it. The performances have all been top notch (although I did prefer Celia Imrie's reading of Equal Rites, the third book) and the stories are absorbing. However, I did find it hard to follow the plot of The Colour of Magic, the first book of the series; I got halfway through and felt the need to start again. The story is lovely, but it was easier to follow second time around, when I already had some understanding of the way it worked and what the world was like. I had the same trouble when I tried to read the book years ago. I never did get to the end of it then!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Antonio Konitsiotis
    London, UK
    4/7/16
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    "Great book and acting, quality of recording so so"

    Very creative and funny story! acting is great as well! brings it very much to life! but the sound quality is not great and it does get hard to hear at points.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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