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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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Publisher's Summary

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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    Matthias Hohn 12-10-13 Member Since 2015
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    "poorest audio quality ever"
    Would you try another book from Terry Pratchett and/or Nigel Planer?

    I want the whole series.


    What other book might you compare The Colour of Magic to and why?

    Terry Pratchett doesn't need any comparisions.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nigel Planer?

    I actually can't really evaluate the narrator due to poor audio quality.


    What character would you cut from The Colour of Magic?

    none


    Any additional comments?

    Audible must be pretty desperate to even consider selling this audio book. The audio quality is the worst I have ever experienced.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Reka Margreid, Italy 09-11-13
    Reka Margreid, Italy 09-11-13 Member Since 2005
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    "Horrible audio quality"

    This was very difficult to listen to, and I couldn't take more than ten minutes of the recording.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Randers, Denmark 12-20-11
    Michael Randers, Denmark 12-20-11 Member Since 2011
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    "if you don't know pratchett this is where to start"
    What did you love best about The Colour of Magic?

    and wonderful rich story, with wellrounded characters and a humor that you can only appriciate and wonder at anyone ever thinking up


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

    i will not ruin the moment for you, just remember when i say


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

    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


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    there already IS a movie based on this book...


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Reza Chambesy, Switzerland 08-03-11
    Reza Chambesy, Switzerland 08-03-11 Member Since 2002
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    "Horrible audio quality!"

    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.....

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    G. Askew Melbourne, Australia 12-04-14
    G. Askew Melbourne, Australia 12-04-14 Member Since 2012
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    "As good as expected :)"
    Would you listen to The Colour of Magic again? Why?

    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...


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mr Philip A Costley Sydney Australia 09-26-08
    Mr Philip A Costley Sydney Australia 09-26-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book poor recording"

    I love this book and the naration is great. The audio quality is poor though and there are distinct switches in tone at times.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Batziy 06-03-15
    Batziy 06-03-15 Member Since 2015
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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.

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    Clairie 03-23-15
    Clairie 03-23-15 Member Since 2014
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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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    Noreen Canada 03-23-15
    Noreen Canada 03-23-15 Member Since 2015
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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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    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.


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  • NATASHA
    4/26/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Laura
    4/21/15
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    "loved it!"

    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.

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  • Oscar Kennedy
    4/15/15
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    "Great but with naff sound quality"
    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the book. The sound quality was really dodgy and had me checking headphones etc.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. King
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    "enjoyable"

    loved it, had a bit if a grainy tinge to the recording but loved it

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  • spudgun70
    4/7/15
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    "Utterly abysmal Audio"
    What disappointed you about The Colour of Magic?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jim
    3/29/15
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen R Allen
    3/26/15
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    "I've tried, twice, not for me."
    What disappointed you about The Colour of Magic?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Terry Pratchett again?

    Maybe I'll give it another go in another 30 years time.


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

    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.


    What character would you cut from The Colour of Magic?

    Giant turtles standing on elephant's backs. Really?


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 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
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    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

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