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Publisher's Summary

"Twoflower was a tourist, the first ever seen on the Discworld. Tourist, Rincewind decided, meant idiot."

Somewhere on the frontier between thought and reality exists the Discworld, a parallel time and place that might sound and smell very much like our own, but that looks completely different. It plays by different rules. Certainly it refuses to succumb to the quaint notion that universes are ruled by pure logic and the harmony of numbers. But just because the Disc is different doesn't mean that some things don't stay the same. Its very existence is about to be threatened by a strange new blight: the arrival of the first tourist, upon whose survival rests the peace and prosperity of the land. But if the person charged with maintaining that survival in the face of robbers, mercenaries, and, well, Death, is a spectacularly inept wizard, a little logic might turn out to be a very good idea.

The Colour of Magic is the first novel in Terry Pratchett's acclaimed Discworld series, of which some 20 million copies have been sold.

©Terry and Lyn Pratchett; (P)Corgi Audio

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Horribly abridged

Unfortunately no unabridged version of this book is available here.
The abridged version destroys the immersion for me completely.
Characters are thrown from once place to another, people are introduced and then discarded without further context.
Not recommended.

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pleasing story.

some odd impressions and voices but mostly a nice listen. will keep going on the series.

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  • Martin
  • norrkoping, Sweden
  • 11-22-16

really, really good book !

people looked at Me as if I was absolutely mad,while I was giggling at the descriptions of the characters.

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  • Jo
  • 08-09-07

Persevere - you won't be disappointed

It took me 3 goes (once trying to read the book itself) before I 'got it'. There is a mindset that accompanies appreciation of Mr Pratchett's sense of humour and incredible imagination. Now I have that mindset, I'm hooked!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-16-17

Simply Brilliant

Vocally animated more by Tony than you could probably do yourself in your own head! Written by a legend and voiced by one.. perfect harmonious storytelling of the first Discworld Novel.

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  • James
  • 02-03-15

If only this narrator did the unabridged

Easy and happy listening, author has a unique sense of humour which ensures your attention. Strange at first but then you can't put it down

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  • Mr. Frederick O. Watts
  • 05-16-16

Wish Tony Robinson did the unabridged

Tony Robinson does a fantastic performance. I've been a fan of Tony Robinson and Terry Pratchett all my life. However this book is so poorly abridged that its actually an offense the the brilliant discworld series. Get the unabridged version. Nigel Planer is almost as good and the book just needs to be read in its entirety.

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  • EC W
  • 01-27-16

Way too abridged - but still a good listen

Now I know it must be a COMPLETE nightmare abridging Terry Pratchet, but I still think that essentially halving the content was a bit harsh. I only bought this because all of the reviews from the unabridged version complain about the poor audio quality. I think that it's time for a new version personally.

If you've read the book, you will find huge chunks missing. If not, you probably won't notice that much as the "plot bits" are still left in. My two boys (aged 7 and 9) really enjoyed it and its a good introduction to the Diskworld. I would highly recommend buying the unabridged version of Book 2 (The Light Fantastic) to follow on with however. It will make much more sense.

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  • James
  • 07-16-15

Excellent Book

Would you listen to The Colour of Magic again? Why?

I might listen to it again, but it'll be the unabridged version, which is a shame.

Which character – as performed by Tony Robinson – was your favourite?

It has to be Rincewind really, his generally pessimistic outlook on life was fantastically juxtaposed with Twoflower and his eternal optimism.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

"In a world, on a disc, on 4 elephants, on a turtle, trouble is a-brewing"

Any additional comments?

I love this book and Tony Robinson really brought the characters to life. At the time when I was deciding which version to download I didn't notice that this was the unabridged version, which is a shame for 2 reasons: 1) I would have liked to have heard the full story. 2) The next books I've downloaded in the series are not narrated by Tony Robinson.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-29-15

Masterfull performance

What made the experience of listening to The Colour of Magic the most enjoyable?

It`s the way in which Tony Robinson tells the story.

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

Tony Robinson brings to life the various characters with a veritiy of voices and a light style of narration.

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

Did make me laugh in places.

Any additional comments?

It`s just a shame that it`s an abrigded version could have listened all day.

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  • Ruby's Mum
  • 04-13-13

Excellent

I love these in book format but in audio they are fab, I really love the way Tony Robinson brings the whole Discworld to life. Terry is a wonderful author and I love all of his books. I will add more books as and when I can to my library.

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  • LCA
  • 01-04-18

Love Tony... but the story is too bonkers for me

Tony Robinson is amazingly theatrical and funny with a lovely ability to differentiate characters through his voice. But I really struggled to understand the plot and the miriad of characters. I just don't think Terry Prachett novels are my cup of tea.

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  • M
  • 04-19-17

its not the full length of the book

this appears to be an edited version missing rather alot out
if you look at the other version available its twice this one's length

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  • TheOneTree
  • 08-08-17

Perfect mating of author and narrator.

Where does The Colour of Magic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is the best matching of author and narrator that I have come across so far. To the point that I will now be hunting up all of Tony Robinsons narrations of Terry Pratchetts books!
Excellent.

Who was your favorite character and why?

There is no possibility of selecting one favourite when it comes to characters in this book. Let's face it, all of Terry Pratchetts characterisations are the best. Good, bad or down right crazy, they all surpass the standard character of any book.

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

I now play these in the car. So every time I get in and turn on the key, Tony's voice comes piping through the speakers and my grin is instantaneous.

Any additional comments?

Want to be happy? Download this and get sucked into a fantastic world.

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  • Jenny Taylor
  • 08-16-17

always loved Terry Pratchett

damn, colour of magic was shorter than I expected, now on to the next one already

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