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The Colour of Magic Audiobook

The Colour of Magic: Discworld 1

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Publisher's Summary

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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  • ross higgins
    8/25/16
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    "There are better editions of this book."

    I prefer Tony Robinson as the narrator, but that is abridged and this isn't, Nigel himself is serviceable, although I dislike him using his Neil from The Young Ones voice for Rincewind the wizard

    The story is excellent as always.

    where this version really falls down is the chunks of missing audio of 30 seconds and up, as well as the overall poor quality of the bits that are there, popping and hissing.

    In short try to find another version, like on CD or the abridged version by Tony Robinson.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Eilert
    Lensvik, Norway
    7/18/13
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    "Decent reading, decent novel, very badly recorded"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This is the first book in the Discworld series, and as such it's not bad. Going back ti this, after having read some of the later, far more sophisticated stuff, one can be slightly surprised at how un-developed the concept and Pratchett's writing is, and how impressive it is to note how far he's come since. Nigel Planer's reading is quite good, but it's all ruined by a complete botch job by the recording and mastering engineer(s). Lots of hiss, that typical hum you get from badly earthed recording equipment, and some very strange choices in sound effects. I almost feel bad about this review, as I haven't written any reviews about the other adio books I have by Terry Pratchett ( I suppose I have at least thirty, between my iTunes Store and Audible ones), but I am just very surprised that the ones responsible, Mr Pratchett, Audible, and so on, haven't taken the opportunity to either clean up the existing recorded material or re-record it, as this is very close to a ripoff, something I find disappointing. A few of the Audible Pratchett books open with an angry sounding man warning us not to copy, distribute or even listen to audio books with friends, and in view of this poor showing I find that franky insulting.


    If you’ve listened to books by Terry Pratchett before, how does this one compare?

    Some of the other early recordings also leave something to be desired, but on the whole they're quite decent, as is Mr Planer's performance here. But I've never heard such an atrocious sound quality from ANY spoken word recording, not even those old recordings from before the war.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Nigel Planer’s performances?

    I have, and Mr Planer's performance is generally very good. he needs to be far better served by the technical staff than on this outing.


    Any additional comments?

    In its current state I could not recommend this recording, even if it's a decent performance of a decent first novel.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    5/24/17
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    "Poor sound"

    I enjoyed the book and wanted to revisit through the audiobook. The narrator is good, but unfortunately the sound quality is terrible. Some parts sound almost underwater. I gave up in the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charly SW
    Wittgensteiner Land, Germany
    5/17/17
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    "Awesome book. Audio quality poor but worth it."

    Great book. Very funny. Nigel Planer is a great reader. Audio quality low. worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Markyboy13
    5/7/17
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    "Wow I've found my new author!"

    What a story! I laughed, I was intrigued and just blown away by the writing. What a fantastically crazy and dangerous world and Nigel Planer gave it that little something with the characters that really brought it to life! just wish I'd found Terry Prachett sooner!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A
    4/10/17
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    "Poor sound quality"

    Great book to lay the foundation to the style, tone & setting of the rest of the Discworld series.
    Nigel Planer reads it very well, but the sound quality is pretty poor throughout.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MISS T.
    4/3/17
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    "Let down by the narrator occasionally"

    The story is great. For the most part, the narrator is good, though his 'dragon voice' left something to be desired. His range of voices for characters seems to be quite limited.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew Cox
    3/30/17
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    "Fascinating as allways even though it's his first"

    Facinateing, amazing & fun as allways even though it's Terry's first disc world book 😇

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heather S
    3/16/17
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    "Magic"

    The story is brilliant, love the luggage.
    A warningthe sound quality isn't brilliant and that might put off people listening.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    3/13/17
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    "Great story "

    Great book, well read, but the sound quality a bit tinny. Shame as otherwise it would be perfect. Hence four stars for performance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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