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A "sourcerer" is born in Discworld - a wizard so powerful that he makes all other magicians look like a bunch of fools in pointy hats. Now, suddenly, Discworld is brought to the brink of an all-out thaumaturgical war. The only hope for peace is Rincewind, the failed magician who has a risky plan to save the world. He enlists the help of several odd new characters, including Conina the barbarian hairdresser, Nijel the Destroyer, and a yuppie genie who sees lamps as a growth industry.

This is the fifth book in the Discworld series.

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(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1995; Copyright © Terry and Lyn Pratchett, 1988; Cover Illustration © Josh Kirby

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Sourcery (Unabridged)

Certainly one of Terry Pratchett's best novels. I laughted all thru the listening (the narrator helped a lot here). It does not depend on a detailed knowledge of Pratchett's characters to enjoy. Some of his other books are best enjoyed once you are familiar with them.

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Disappointing

The sound quality is awful with the volume increasing suddenly at times. Really a shame because the books are awesome. Love the Tony Robinson versions but they are too short

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Always Great

This series always makes me smile, this story and performance especially makes me always want to continue on.

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Sound quality 90%

An excellent story -just like everything else from Terry Pratchett.
Nigel Planer is just the right person to read it and is the only voice for Rincewind.

The production not perfect at keeping the sound the same between different recording sessions.

I do like it that all the footnotes are read in in a different tone.

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Everything is great except the tacky sound effects

The book is terrific and so is the narration. But sound effect of Death's voice is horrible. It is as if Death is talking through a megaphone. What's worse, the transition between a character's voice and Death's voice is not seamless. It is the equivalent of a bad photoshop job. Despite this, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and this flaw should not deter you from listening to a gem.

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  • Jason
  • Grovedale, Alberta, Canada
  • 10-12-10

Well read, great book

The book itself was great as have all Discworld books I've read, Nigel was excellent as the narrator and was clear and easily understood. Full props to him for that.

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  • David
  • 08-09-10

Pratchett on top form

Sir Terry really hits his stride with Sourcery. Packed with his customary wit, erudition and a driving plot to boot, you couldn't ask much more of a Discworld novel. The narration is flawless and the range of character voices exquisite. To my fellow passengers on the 0722 to Waterloo I can only apologise for the many laugh-out-loud passages contained within this book.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Jim
  • 05-19-08

Excellent listen but had to strain

The book as expected was brilliant and listening to it come to life under Nigel Planner's orchestrated vocals was brilliant. However, the actual sound quality appeared to let it down slightly. I am unsure if this is my earphones or the iPod version but there was a tinniness to it that made it hard to hear at times.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Janet
  • 02-07-12

Good Pratchett!

Another good Discworld book. Just working my way through them all again! I like Nigel Planer's delivery. For myself, I adjust the speed a little slower, as Terry P packs a lot of detail in a small space. I listen at bedtime and find it light enough to fall asleep to.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • smcicr
  • 07-02-15

Not TP's greatest tale - Production is awful

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I couldn't recommend this to a friend (especially as an Audio book). The story itself is not one of the strongest I've read in the Discworld series. Going Postal for example outshines this in terms of characters, humour and story. However, there are still laughs to be had and Rincewind / the Luggage make an appearance, as does Death - which is nice. The most significant issue here is the production - it's horrible.<br/><br/>For some reason the audio quality randomly switches between chapters - dropping not only in overall quality (and then jumping back up a chapter or several later) but also changing the volume (slight but noticeable). In addition to this, when a particular sound effect is used for a particular character voice the effect is not faded out when the character finishes speaking - it just cuts off. This is jarring and breaks the spell of the story. Finally, for some unknown reason it was deemed necessary to have what is presumably either footnotes or narration asides delivered in a different voice to the basic narration. This crashes in on the overall story and once again breaks the spell / takes the reader out of the world of the story.<br/><br/>This is the main reason for the 1 star performance rating - Nigel Planer does a reasonable job overall - not sparkling but ok - it's just that there isn't really anywhere else to flag the issues in the production specifically.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

As noted above, the story did not feel as strong as some of the other Discworld books I've read so the ending was ok but I was left with a feeling that it was a case of trying to tie up a lot of strands that had been introduced - some of which had felt largely forgotten for chunks of the book - and sorting out something for all the major players. In other words - it didn't feel like the whole thing was well crafted and natural - more that it all needed wrapping up by such and such a page.

What didn’t you like about Nigel Planer’s performance?

The performance was ok - I think for many people they will have created their own image / voice for certain characters in a series and so there is always a risk in having those characters voiced by someone else. Additionally, now that they have made some of these stories into TV shows there is another variable - I think David Jason captured Rincewind extremely well and so it was hard to adjust to a different interpretation initially.<br/><br/>The production issues highlighted above were a factor in the performance for me and were the main things I didn't enjoy.

Was Sourcery worth the listening time?

Overall yes but I did strongly consider returning it initially.

Any additional comments?

I'm disappointed that Audible have allowed something like the audio quality to slip as it does in this book. I haven't found any issues with any other books so will hope that this is the exception to the rule.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Andy J Buchanan
  • 06-11-15

Entertaining enough

A very decent performance but the booming bits of narration were way over the top.

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  • Judith Cresswell
  • 04-06-15

Brilliant! Hilarious! Thought-provoking!

Where does Sourcery rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

in the top ten!

What about Nigel Planer’s performance did you like?

fantastic.. the perfect dead pan delivery.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

laughed loads of times.

Any additional comments?

Sir Terry has no equal.. and this is one of his best.

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  • J. Want
  • 03-30-15

one of my favourites. Great story and characters.

Don't bother reading as anymore reviews, just get it it's fun and you will.get lost in the story

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-29-15

Being at the mercy of your destiny can be harsh

To have high expectations of your child is natural, but this father took it too far. And sometimes being well-meaning can be hazardous to a coward. But the world and your hat always leaves some hope...

That is my summary of this story. To see how accurate that is please listen to this excellently narrated and brilliantly written tale from the late Terry Pratchett.

Thank you for the joy you brought to our world with your world, Mr Pratchett.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Nina
  • 02-05-17

A tale of wizard and his sock...

Sir Pratchett strikes again with his witty humour and provocative imagination.

In 'Sourcery' the world of wizardy "goes off-road" and there is only one person who can come to the rescue...Rincewind, the incompetent wizard! Ably assisted by Conina the Hairdresser and Nijel the Destroyer. So, dive once more into a fun packed adventure which will leave you hungering for more 'Discworld' maddness.

This book is better if you are already familiar with first books in the series and is one not to be missed.

Nigel Planer is a skilled narrator who brings 'Discworld' to life, and if you don't mind the vintage recording, this book is to be read, swallowed, absorbed and chuckled upon.

Safety warning: socks are powerful weapons!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • EC W
  • 07-25-16

Tricky for younger audience - fantastic for adults

I have only given this story a 3 because this review is for a mixed audience - myself and my 8 & 10 yr old sons. They totally loved the book, with it's all powerful child sorcerer and found some of the characters hilarious (particularly The Luggage).

However, the language is very complicated and rather dense. I did find myself having to stop the story and explain it again in smaller words - which means you have to leave most of the jokes out. I was chortling away happily with "What's so funny?" coming from the backseat. The Four Horsemen section just totally confused my boys. Mind you, it's still a fantastic story and no-one ever asked for it to be turned off.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful