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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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  • James
    2/18/15
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    "Great story, average audio."

    Brilliant story, but the audio kept jumping volume every chapter. none the less, very much worth it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tony
    2/17/15
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    "Colour of magic"

    Great story for my first audio book well read by Nigel. Looking forward to the next audio book. Thanks peeps

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    United Kingdom
    2/17/15
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    "Absolutely awful recording. "

    This is absolutely the worst audiobook recording I have ever heard. The sound quality is strictly 1996 grade, each chapter is obviously recorded using a different microphone in what sounds like the inside of a different cardboard tube each time. The sound is scratchy, missing any recognisable form of EQ to level it out, so you're left with this garbled mess of scratchy nonsense that sounds like you're being narrated a story from inside a dishwasher.
    The story is great though, Discworld has been talked up to me by a lot of people for a very long time, so I'm glad the story is living up to my expectations.
    But seriously, the audio quality is damning. I will probably return this book after I've listened to it because frankly it doesn't deserve the 1 credit it took to purchase this abysmal crap.
    Audible need to get rid of this book and get someone with actual knowledge on how to record audio to do it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phil Pinnell
    2/12/15
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    "The Colour of Magic."

    As the first of the Discworld books, this is always going to be one which you either love or hate!

    Nigel Planer does a good job, and it is interesting to hear names and places pronounced after having read them oneself for so long!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    2/4/15
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    "Bad audio, decent story"

    Awful echo on the audio at times. The story itself was good and definitely enjoyable but never really made me laugh out loud. As it's the first book though I expect later ones will improve on the phrasing and timing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • simon
    2/2/15
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    "Perfect start to a brilliant series"

    Rincewind will now forever be associated with Nigel Planers voice. Highly recommended for old D and D heads to children with a more quizzical mind.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Nottingham, United Kingdom
    1/18/15
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    "Authenticity brilliant"

    I know that some will find the sound annoying, but in many parts it aids the tale...

    A brilliantly read and performance of a masterpiece.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Strontiumangel
    1/2/15
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    "Pratchett is fantastic as always"
    What made the experience of listening to The Colour of Magic the most enjoyable?

    Fast flowing and fun storyline


    What did you like best about this story?

    Magic, wizardry and barbarians!


    What does Nigel Planer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Planer brings to life each individual character in a way you wouldn't think possible


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bob
    Sheffield
    12/4/14
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    "Welcome to Discworld"
    Where does The Colour of Magic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The opening book of the immensely popular Discworld series is brought to life by Nigel Planer. The recording shows a little bit of age but the brilliance of the story shines through, which makes it a must in anyones library


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

    Twoflower is such an endearing innocent in an alien aggressive world. His attempts to blend in and understand this world with the relentless enthusiasm that befits the discs first tourist are a joy to read and listen to.


    Have you listened to any of Nigel Planer’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    The recording is a little dated and worn, but Nigel Planers narration is worth listening to. I was brought up listening to radio stations that never quite tuned in clearly at night, and to vinyl, so the wear and tear on this recording is hardly detracting.


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful for Discworld enthusiasts and for those who have not yet had the pleasure of learning about this strange, yet surprisingly similar, alien world, well worth an afternoon or two of your time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Oslo, Norway
    8/27/14
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    "Pretty good story - low quality recording"
    What did you like best about The Colour of Magic? What did you like least?

    I like the humour, the light heartedness, and many of the characters. Also enjoy Planer's performance. I liked the quality of the recording the least. This is not up to Audibles usual standard, unfortunately.


    If you’ve listened to books by Terry Pratchett before, how does this one compare?

    I listened to The Light Fantastic right after this one, and I must say I liked the second book better than I liked The Colour of Magic. I can't quite pinpoint why, I'm afraid. Maybe I like the characters from the second part better... Or maybe the author has more room to be playful and creative when the stage is set and the protagonists introduced. Either way - the first one is alright, but The Light Fantastic is what convinces me that this series deserves its popularity.


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

    I think Planer did a brilliant job with all of the characters - brought them to life and kept them apart. I must, however, say that the quality of the recording isn't very good. As someone who's native language is not English, I occationally couldn't even make out what word it was, due to the low quality production.


    Was The Colour of Magic worth the listening time?

    Absolutely, but the story gets better in the second book.


    Any additional comments?

    I've finally gotten started on this series - and I can't wait to continue. I enjoy how Pratchett is playing around with fantasy clichés.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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