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The Colour of Magic Audiobook

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 Listener Since 2010
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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 11 people found this review helpful
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    G. Askew Melbourne, Australia 12-04-14
    G. Askew Melbourne, Australia 12-04-14 Listener Since 2009
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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 Listener Since 2008
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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 8 people found this review helpful
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    Annalinde 02-09-16
    Annalinde 02-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it"

    Of course, absolutely brilliant writing and really great narration as well. Really enjoyed this book.

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    Elena Tanasoiu 09-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Audio quality is great. Interpretation also good."
    Where does The Colour of Magic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would rank it pretty high given that the people in the story are very endearing.


    Any additional comments?

    The first chapter starts with a booming voice that explains the structure of Discworld. This is part of the story and is meant to enhance the drama of the whole thing. Some people say the audio is poor or sounds like it's in an echo chamber. This is not true. Please ignore these comments.

    If there was an earlier version with errors, this is now fixed.

    The book is very well read and quite enjoyable to follow.

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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
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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.

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  • Claire
    Hever, Kent, United Kingdom
    9/2/08
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    "A magical good read!"

    This is one film I won?t need to go an see - the book is so well read by Nigel Planer that it is almost as if I have seen the characters as they lurch from one adventure to the next. If you like fantasy with a good seasoning of humour, imagination and trickery, this is the book for you!

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Frank
    7/29/14
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    "Audio - white noise"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Colour of Magic to be better than the print version?

    No.


    What three words best describe Nigel Planer’s performance?

    Excellent, cunning, clever. Alas, the audio quality is abysmal!


    Any additional comments?

    The audio quality of this recording is miserable. There is plenty of white noise throughout the recording which make this a very unpleasant experience.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    Doncaster, SYK, United Kingdom
    10/1/09
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    "the turtle moves for the first time"

    The first in Terry Pratchett's amazing discworld series, in which we meet Wrincewind, the failed wizard and champion runner away, and twoflower, a tourist in a world where most people don't even know what a tourist is, and of course who could forget the luggage? no one since it follows behind on its hundreds of little legs. This book, while not the best of Pratchett's works, is nevertheless the best introduction to the amazing discworld, and a marvelous parody of all worlds, including our own. Don't worry too much about following the plot of this one, just relax and enjoy the fun of a journey through a world where nothing is quite as you'd expect it to be. For the best reading of this book, I would recommend the abridged version, read by the unbeatable Tony Robinson. However if you're like me, and think there's no point in hearing a book unless you hear all of it, then Nigel Planer also does a very good job with the unabridged version. I'm not good at writing reviews, but I love every Terry Pratchett book I've ever read, and I have a great affection for this one since it's the first in the discworld series, and the discworld series truly is one of the greatest literary achievments of our time in my opinion. This book is as I said, mainly a parody of all things fantasy, particularly of fairytales and legends. But like all the discworld books, it contains an interesting sprinkling of satire and comment, but above all, it's an exciting and fun story to read, perfect if you want to unwind from a hard day, I've even heard that the first part of the book is a great help in sending you off to sleep. So in conclusion, if you enjoy fantasy, or even if you don't, please give this book a try, I feel confident that The Colour Of Magic, and indeed the rest of the discworld series has something for everyone

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Martin
    Carnforth, United Kingdom
    7/29/11
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    "story & narration great -poor audio quality"

    unfortunately this gave poor sound reproduction. not sure why but spoiled my enjoyment (a bit). Nigel Planer was perfect the narrator for this wacky tale. It felt like hitchhikers guide to the galaxy, only with magic instead of space travel.

    9 of 10 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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    UK
    5/24/14
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    "Disappointing"

    Having been captivated by the Guards series from Discworld, this was disappointing. However it may have been better with a better delivery and recording - strange interval noises were very distracting and an echo on some sections may have sounded a good idea but did not work and made it difficult to hear.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jerry
    High Wycombe, United Kingdom
    3/23/12
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    "Might have been a good book..crackling put me off"

    This is not a quality recording. Audible should not be selling this substandard audiobook. The story might be wonderful but I gave up after 15 minutes because the recording is so bad - I missed words and phrases. Sort it out Audible!

    23 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Gahanna, OH United States
    4/13/13
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    "Fantastic book and great narration..."

    The Discworld series is amazing. The dozens of books in the series can be daunting to tackle, but this first venture into the amazing world Pratchett has created stands on its own and can be enjoyed without ever moving on to any of the other books. Thankfully they found an excellent voice for the story in Nigel Planer, whose enthusiasm and changes in mannerisms from character to character give the story life. Well done.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Stuart
    RoughleeUnited Kingdom
    4/20/11
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    "Great book shame about the audio quality."

    Great book shame about the audio quality.

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Rob
    Rijswijk ZH - Netherlands
    1/17/11
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    "Off the wall funny !"

    If you want a break from reality and a wicked view on our own world: a failed wizard on a flat world floating through Infinity on top of a giant turtle with his life randomly flicked about when the Gods throw the dice during their board game...
    Nigel Planer's narrative is perfect, as he flicks seamlessly through accents and voices for each of the wacky characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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