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(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1995; Copyright © Terry Pratchett, 1983; Cover Illustration © Josh Kirby
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"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.
"Great story - Fantasy Epic"
shame about the bad recording quality. Absolute Fantasy epic that everyone should hear. still loved it either way.
The discworld series is unlike anything else ive read
His performamces of all the discworld books are great. Love his portrayal of Rincewind
I laughed nearly the whole way through
Terry Pratchett was a genius and a hilarious writer.
"Good story ruined by poor audio quality"
There's no problem with Nigel Planer's performance - but audio quality (even on high quality download) is frankly painful. Reading the previous reviews it sounds like the original recording suffered from a degree of white noise - now it sounds like someone passed it through a noise reduction tool without any attempt to monitor the result - and certainly no attempt to avoid clipping.
I'd suggest holding off on purchasing until someone sorts this out properly. Vintage recordings don't have to be unlistenable - but this one unfortunately is.
"Hard to hear"
Poor audio quality but great story. Sounds muted and fuzzy at times... Still worth a listen though!
This seems to be a direct copy of a poor recording. This would need to be digitally remastered.
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