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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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  • Llipder
    9/8/16
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    "Love it!"

    I've always loved this story and it's great to be able hear it whilst driving to and from work! The story is fun and well read. A treat for the ears!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Franziska Thielsch
    9/1/16
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    "poor audio!"

    Not a fan of Nigel Planer's narration. There's some funky use of echos which I just found annoying.
    The quality of the audio is very poor.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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
  • Stuart O'Hara
    Reading, GB
    11/8/17
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    "Good book - terrible audio"

    The audio sounds like it was recorded from a cassette tape to another tape via a microphone, the volume changes all the time and much of the book is like listening under water.

    Definitely needs re recording by someone, which is a shame as Nigel Planer did a good job otherwise

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anne Magrat
    11/7/17
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    "bad recording."

    the sound keeps dropping in and out and is really hissy. presumably it is a really old recording. it needs a bit of tlc.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    10/28/17
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    "shame its a analogue recording"

    the only thing that really let's the recording down is the recording. if it was digitally remastered it'd get all 5s.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moz Allen
    London
    10/17/17
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    "the colour of magic"

    I've always enjoyed Terry Pratchett - and this is one of his books I've always struggled to actually read! listening to it was great! only issue is the actual recording. every other chapter sounded muffled with white noise. the audio wasn't clean. still an enjoyable listen though ! Would recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • B.Sochacki
    10/16/17
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    "half of a book only"

    there's much more i n the original book. audiobook just stops suddenly and tells You it is the end

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    10/13/17
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    "Awful Quality"

    Don't buy this, it sounds scratchy and awful; as if it was recorded in the 1800s.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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