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...).
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"Philosophical humor of the highest order." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Unadulterated fun. Pratchett parodies everything in sight." (San Francisco Chronicle)
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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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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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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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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Okay. I know Gaspode exist beyond this world. He was really the only character I could relate to but really?
I've become a huge fan of both Terry's books and Nigel's lively character voices. Going through each book in the series has me thrilled to hear the consistency life in each character. Moving Pictures is nothing short of genius. More of Terry's delightful brand of witty, reflective dialogue that had me laughing with tears in my eyes.
For those with a cinematic imagination and a real love of Hollywood, this book is a real rollercoaster ride! it got everything. Thrills! Spills! Dwarves singing "Hi-Ho!" and not knowing why. Awesome.
There is so much incredible parody, character, and sheer comedy built into the text of this novel it's just fantastic. Combine that with Nigel Planer's performance with dozens of different voices all characterfully and comically rendered (Gaspode the Wonder Dog, CMOT Dibbler, and the entire faculty of Unseen University are all favorites) and you've got a priceless listen with a plethora of laugh-out-loud moments.....I kept rewinding 30 seconds all over the place just to laugh all over again.....you know....."that style o' thing".
Not much else to say. If you enjoy the discworld series you will definitely want to check this one out.
Many literal laugh out loud moments. I absolutely love this book! I've been listening in chronological order, so this is the tenth book I've listened to. While I love them all, this one is a cut above the rest.
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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