Moving Pictures

Narrated by: Nigel Planer
Series: Discworld, Book 10, Discworld: Industrial Revolution, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (2,107 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Cameras roll - which means the imps inside have to paint really fast - on the fantastic Discworld when the alchemists discover the magic of the silver screen. But what is the dark secret of Holy Wood hill? As the alien cliches of Tinsel Town pour into the world, it's up to the Disc's first film stars to find out... 

Thrill as Victor Tugelbend ("Can't sing. Can't dance. Can handle a sword a little.") and Theda Withel ("I come from a little town you've probably never even heard of") battle the forces of evil and cinema advertising...

Scream as Gaspode the Wonder Dog nearly saves the day...

Eat popcorn as you watch the filming of Blown Away, the oddest Civil War picture ever made... "A Passionate Saga set Against the Background of a World Gone Mad! With a Thousand Elephants!"

(And afterwards, why not dine at Harga's House of Ribs, for the best in international cuisine; only two minutes from this book...)

Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards.

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©1997 Terry and Lyn Pratchett (P)1997 Isis Publishing Ltd.

Critic Reviews

"Philosophical humor of the highest order." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Unadulterated fun. Pratchett parodies everything in sight." (San Francisco Chronicle)

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The narration really adds something

As the other reviewers noted, Nigel Planer adds something special to the narration of this audiobook.

Although I'm a Terry Pratchett fan, I never thought much of "Moving Pictures." I feel the book is an uncomfortable transition from his earlier Discworld novels, where he mostly parodied the characters and themes of typical fantasy novels, to his later Discworld books, in which he satirizes aspects of modern society. "Moving Pictures" is a rather unsubtle poke at the movie industry; I think Pratchett has done better.

I've listened to Nigel Planer read other Terry Pratchett books, and I thought I'd give this one a try. I'm glad I did. Somehow, Planer's itnerpretations smooths out Pratchett's rough spots. I enjoyed listening to "Moving Pictures" much more than I enjoyed reading it years ago. This is a case where a skilled reader can make a big difference in how you appreciate a book.

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Funny and smart. Escapism at its best.

Nigel Planer does an amazing job bringing Terry Pratchett's characters to life. From Gaspode the Wonder Dog's dry wit to Victor's inept heroism, Moving Pictures is full of belly-quaaking laughs. If you have enjoyed other books in the Discworld setiers, I am sure you will be equally pleased with this one.
If you haven't read any Pratchett novels, I started the series at Audible with Rincewind in the first book. Moving Pictures is my twelfth (and defintiely not the last I will read) in the series. The Discworld series does an incredible job of lightening my usually heavy reading list of serious non-fiction. So I heartily recommend this and the rest of the Discworld series.

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Great as usual

Nigel Planer adds a whole layer to this book that I didn't do while reading it. I am usually reading so fast that I miss some of the smaller details, such as the accent that Rock and Morrie have. It's the same as Fat Bastard from Austin Powers, and I would never have 'read' it that way from the printed text.

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A new fantasy twist

No one is more imaginative than Pratchett at creating pastiches of different fantasy worlds. Incorporating the budding years of the movie industry into Discworld was a brilliant idea. Early Hollywood was all about fantasies and dreams and Pratchett takes advantage of all the opportunities to play on the possibilities of Hollywood fantasies on top of "traditional" fantasy fiction. That said, the underlying story is one Pratchett has used multiple times. That doesn't keep it from being entertaining. Pratchett has always been more about sheer inventiveness and verbal playfulness than about original plots. There are only 7 plots anyway, right?

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Terrible

Absolutely awful. The story is confusing, unentertaining and the reader spoke too fast and was highly annoying. I hope that our military uses this audio book when they torture terrorists.

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perfect

I love Terry Pratchett's discworld. Nigel Planer narrates perfectly. This is one of my favorite books from the series.

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Witty fun and powerful just as expected!!!

As the great author that he is he is able once again to make the unimaginable shed light on the imaginable.

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World and mirror of worlds

Artful story of the Disc satirically reflects a world hilariously like ours and equally ridiculous

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Fun parody of Hollywood, classic Pratchett

I was initially a little hesitant because this wasn't considered one of the better books in the series but it fits in quite nicely. Plenty of hilarious scenes and quotes to reference.

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Hilarious

In a World Gone Mad, an Author Creates a mad-capped zany story that could only happen in Holy Wood! Terry Pratchett has a keen wit, and an ability to write a compelling story. I loved every reference to classic films.

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  • 12-29-05

Moving Pictures - Terry Pratchett

Quite Quite brilliant. Every cliche in the book, but with wonderful twists. References just about every Hollywood classic movie that you have ever seen or heard of. Gaspode is a creation of genius, although a great deal of credit must go to Nigel Planner here. The best Pratchett I have yet come across, and I have enjoyed them all so far.

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  • 01-08-18

Classic Pratchett take on Holliwood golden screen

Terry Pratchett take on the golden screen and the silent movie era only this time it's the Disc World.