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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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  • 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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • David
    PRESTON, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "Brilliantly funny, immersive story"
    Would you listen to The Colour of Magic again? Why?

    Yes, without a doubt a perfect introduction to the discworld series


    What did you like best about this story?

    It has action and comedy in all the right places, there's no getting hung up in the minor details, but the story still carries all the vibrance you could want


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

    Has to be the hero Rincewind


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

    Defiantly, it was often hard to put it down (so to speak)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Craig
    United Kingdom
    7/5/13
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    "Still a fantasy classic"

    I originally read a big stack of discworld books as an early teenager, I enjoyed them all but not overly so.
    I decided to pick a coup back up in audiobook form to see if I appreciated them any more now i'm a bit older and I'm glad I did.

    This first story was as good as I remembered it but I feel like I found it so much funnier than before, maybe its just because I was concentrating less on the story and more on the characters or maybe it was simply I "missed" a lot of the jokes as a younger reader.

    If you like fun well written stories and haven't touched Discworld yet you're missing out, it basically Hitchhikers for the fantasy world and that can only be a good thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • steve
    WINCANTON, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "a doorway to another world"

    this is an excellent introduction to a whole new dimension of reality.its fun,and,so well written that once you have read it or heard it,you will seek out the next pratchett book.i think its the book,and not my imagination,but its so vividly described,i feel more like i have seen a film than heard a book.it really stretches the mind. its brilliant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hjelm
    London, United Kingdom
    3/7/13
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    "OK book, bad quality recording."

    The book itself would be 3 stars--I had high expectations--but 2 for Audible reviews: the reverb effect used to highlight some characters is plain stupid and mushy and there are serious differences in quality between takes/sections. Also, the reading is a bit frantic for my taste, but perhaps it suits the story. Disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ian
    london, United Kingdom
    12/28/12
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    "Fantastic"

    I had purchased this audiobook to re-cap on the book before continuing my mission to get through all 39 Diskworld books.



    Terry Pratchett's first Discworld novel (the series described by Terry Pratchett himself as fantasy books for people who dont like fantasy books), The Colour Of Magic is set on a world sitting on the backs of four elephants standing on the back of the great turtle A'tuin hurtling through space. the story follows Rincewind, the wizard and Twoflower, the Discworld's first tourist on their journey through the Discworld.



    Terry Pratchett takes the seriousness from the fantasy novel and replaces it with wicked humour. This is an excellent place to start for any reader yet to read a Pratchett novel as it gives the background history of the main characters. The action starts in Ahnk Morpork, a city that becomes firmly implanted in the memory.



    This novel is very different from most fantasy novels and a breath of fresh air ("a bit like lord of the rings 500 years on hwen everything has settled down and everyone is trying to make an honest buck" Terry Pratchett). A beautifully imagined world and wonderfully described characters, when added to the mix, make this a must read novel. warning this book can stop you from taking life too seriously.



    for the audiobook itself the production is not fantastic but this is excused by the brilliant performance by Nigel Planer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mike
    Sheffield, United Kingdom
    12/26/12
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    "Fantastic book with excellent narration"

    I'd been wanting to get into the Discworld novels for a while but never found the time, and then this audiobook finally pushed me over the edge. I've seen a few TV/movie adaptations, as well as a few other things Terry Pratchett has been involved with, and I'd say the narration of this book fits with his style perfectly. The characters' voices matched their personalities, and what I've heard is now etched in my brain as I read through the rest of the series myself on Kindle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mercadier
    Plymouth, United Kingdom
    12/24/12
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    "So funny, I couldn't believe it!"

    This book really had me laughing so hard. I had absolutely no idea how funny Terry Pratchett was, he is an excellent writer with a dark and hilarious imagination. I had been wanting to read the disk-world books for a long time and this is a great way to start as it is the first one. However, I did find a few of the things hard to follow, as the events were so extraordinary that I think maybe the text would be easier.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Josephine Dungey
    Kent
    12/23/12
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    "Love Terry Pratchett"

    It doesn't matter how many times I read the book or listen to the story I always makes me smile. Terry Pratchett's books are great time and time again. I always find the Discworld novels a great way to relax and de stress.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chris Harrison
    CHORLEY, United Kingdom
    7/4/12
    Overall
    "Excellent Start"

    The story is hilarious, there are wonderful characters but it seems a little inconsistent in places, and it is part 1 of a 2 part book, and both could be together and still be a relatively short audiobook.
    The main issues I had with it are rules Pratchett lays down for characters such as the Wizards, which get thrown away in the second part. Admittedly, I was glad he lost some of the rules he was making for them, as it allows the second book and following stories more scope. Another is that it seems like a series of disparate events that repeat the same format throughout the two books - if you have read it you'll know what I'm on about - but it doesn't take away from the reading experience.
    It is still an excellent book and I would easily recommend it. Just be aware it is very short.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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