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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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Bad sound but nice humor

Sound quality was not very good and I had a hard time getting used to the narrator who has the tendency to make all side characters sound like they are extremely stupid (though most of them probably are). None the less, I enjoyed the very dry sense of humor and the main characters grew on me and I'm curious to see what more life has in store for them.

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Great book with some sound issues.

Please note that there are some inconsistencies in the audio quality, however the narrator does a smashing job of the overall book, and it truly feels like a worthwhile journey.

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Great book, terrible recording.

And not even because of the narrator - the sound quality is just awful. Though on that note, I don't think he did Rincewind justice in the least.

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What a joy to here, even thought the quality isn't

First off, the quality of the audio is terrible.
Now the story is interesting but no does not really go anywhere, just to the edge of the world and perhaps a computer jet over the Atlantic Ocean. Fun it was, and I look forward to the rest of the series. Overall, still worth the purchase.

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Weird noise in the background

So far there's been a weird humming sound in the background of all the book, but it's not too bad, I actually kind of like it, it fills out the short silences when there's been a cut, so you don't even notice the cuts.

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Audio is echoed

What would have made The Colour of Magic better?

i wish there was a version without sound effect of echoes and other stuff.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nigel Planer?

Any other

What character would you cut from The Colour of Magic?

No charatcher

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Waste of time

I liked the narrator but the story was pointless.
I don't recommend this book if you are interested in character development

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  • Rob
  • Unley, Australia
  • 08-14-12

Great book, great narration... Low quality sound

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

Absolutely. A great book and brilliantly narrated

What other book might you compare The Colour of Magic to and why?

Most other Terry Pratchett novels

What about Nigel Planer’s performance did you like?

His characterisation is second to none.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes but it took me 3!

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  • Thomas
  • Linkoping, Sweden
  • 04-30-12

Brilliant book, mediocre storytelling

What did you like best about The Colour of Magic? What did you like least?

Terry Prachet is a genius and the book has an outstanding sense of humor.

What did you like best about this story?

The wordplays and hidden references to modern society.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nigel Planer?

A group of people. There is really nothing wrong with Nigel Planner but it's hardly fair to ask a narrator to be able to do 15 different voices and in the end they all sound the same.

Do you think The Colour of Magic needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes, all Terry Pratchett books deserve a follow up.

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Audio is terrible - story great

This is a great story, but really and truly appalling audio.I would not recommend this audiobook to anyone.

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  • High Horse
  • 01-23-17

Great story - poor audio

It's such a shame. I loved this story but the quality of the reading is really really poor. I've since heard the original CD version which is much much better. Don't understand why Audible let this happen

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  • witherwings
  • 12-20-16

Good story but poor audio quality.

This is a great story, ably read by Nigel Planer, but the woeful quality of the audio simply spoilt it. Really disappointed.

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  • Padraig Mac Lochlainn
  • 12-19-16

Brilliant

The title says it all really. The story itself is the colour of magic. Fantastic! And that reading voice! Wow!

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  • Mr GL Rayden
  • 12-15-16

Where the wonder begins

A calamitous, cowardly hero and a unbreakablely optimistic tourist (the world's first) join forces to endure countless adventures. Told as only Terry patchet can.

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  • Ladynighteyes
  • 12-13-16

Excellent

Would you consider the audio edition of The Colour of Magic to be better than the print version?

I wouldn't say it was better but it was just as good

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rincewind he is a reluctant hero

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

An extra dimension, he made the characters come alive and believable

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

Where the unbelievable becomes believable

Any additional comments?

I have read all the Disc world book s and I am now enjoying have them read to me

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  • mr k r hall
  • 12-03-16

A great story but patchy production

Great story narrated well but inconsistent production with variable volume and tone occasionally hampers enjoyment.

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  • Ash Gibbons
  • 10-21-16

loved it.

great start to listening to audio books. when straight onto the next disc world book.

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  • Jason
  • 10-13-16

Great book, awful quality recording.

The title above says it all, Terry Pratchett is a genius and Nigel Planer does a great job of bringing the book to life but the quality of the recording is dire. However, if you can stick out the terrible quality it's a great listen.

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  • scott
  • 09-26-16

So good!

Big pratchett fan so good to listen to this again after not reading it for a little while. Recording tends to be a bit fuzzy and change volume a bit but worth putting up with for such a great book.

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  • Mr. Garath M. Emms
  • 09-09-16

Great Story, Poor quality Audio

Really enjoyed my first jump into the discworld. However it was marred a bit by the audio quality of this audiobook. At first there was a lot of background noise to the narration, just fuzz really. Then the non consistent changes in volume were a bit off putting but not enough to stop me enjoying the book.

I didn't want to mark down the performance too much because of the audio quality because I felt the narrator did a very good job with all the accents and voices.

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