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(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1995; Copyright © Terry Pratchett, 1983; Cover Illustration © Josh Kirby
I want the whole series.
Terry Pratchett doesn't need any comparisions.
I actually can't really evaluate the narrator due to poor audio quality.
Audible must be pretty desperate to even consider selling this audio book. The audio quality is the worst I have ever experienced.
and wonderful rich story, with wellrounded characters and a humor that you can only appriciate and wonder at anyone ever thinking up
i will not ruin the moment for you, just remember when i say
Nigel is a wellrounded reader and his performance is always stellar...
i've listened to more than one book simply because he was the one reading it
there already IS a movie based on this book...
I could not listen to this book for more than 10 minutes without getting a headache. The audio quality is VERY poor, and it sounds like it was recorded in a public bathroom with tiled walls.....
I'm just getting started on the Discworld books, and I suspect it will be quite a while before I return to this first book in the series. I have a lot of listening ahead of me...
For me, the concern about audio quality turned out to be unfounded. One of the characters, and in fact the opening narration use an echo to create a particular soundscape. That can make it a little tricky to hear, given the age of the recording. The bulk of the recording is completely normal spoken word, with no problems.
I love this book and the naration is great. The audio quality is poor though and there are distinct switches in tone at times.
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.
"Very poor sound quality"
Overall very disappointed with the sound quality which impacted the performance. It is an excellent book and this did not do it justice.
very original. great narrator. looking forward to number 2!! echoing is a bit weird but its just parts and you work out why after a while.
"Great but with naff sound quality"
I really enjoyed the book. The sound quality was really dodgy and had me checking headphones etc.
loved it, had a bit if a grainy tinge to the recording but loved it
"Utterly abysmal Audio"
The abysmal quality of the recording. Nigel Planer does a great job, the story is beyond reproach, however it has apparently been recorded using equipment sourced from the 70s.
"Poor quality audio"
Not Pratchett's best, but still fun. Narrator is good, but the shockingly poor quality of the audio really detracts from the enjoyment at times. A bit of a shame.
"I've tried, twice, not for me."
In 1985 I had laughed outloud to all the Douglas Adams novels and thought I might enjoy Discworld, so I bought The Colour of Magic. Sadly I only managed about half the book before losing interest. Thirty years later, prompted by Terry's passing, I thought I should give his books another chance. No joy I'm afraid - even in Audio format I just couldn't summon the enthusiasm and interest beyond about an hour of listening.
Maybe I'll give it another go in another 30 years time.
I enjoyed Nigel Planer's reading - but couldn't get Neil the Hippy out of my mind - he probably won't thank me for that.
Giant turtles standing on elephant's backs. Really?
Each to their own - I wanted to enjoy this but couldn't. Will now steer clear of all goblins, dwarfs and other assorted fantastic visualisations.
"Great story, average audio."
Brilliant story, but the audio kept jumping volume every chapter. none the less, very much worth it!
"Colour of magic"
Great story for my first audio book well read by Nigel. Looking forward to the next audio book. Thanks peeps
"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.
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