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The Great A'Tuin, the heroic turtle who supports the weight of the entire Discworld, not to mention four giant elephants, swims through the galaxy day and night with the burden of being the only creature who knows exactly where the universe is going. Philosophers have long debated where this is, and are due to find out in about 2 months. Shall they worry? Well, they are on a collision course with a malevolent red star and only one person can save Discworld. Unfortunately, it's the cowardly wizard, Rincewind, who was last seen falling off the edge of the planet. This is the second book in the Discworld series.

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(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1995; Copyright © Terry Pratchett, 1986; Cover Illustration © Josh Kirby

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"Planner is confronted by a variety of eccentric characters and with brilliant flair he brings them off well. Great stuff." (AudioFile)

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Great story, enjoyable British humour.

This book continues the adventures of Rincewind, Twoflower and his luggage. I enjoyed it a lot and it had me laughing out loud at many points. As usual, it never takes itself seriously and pokes a lot of fun at the fantasy genre.

As usual, Nigel Planer's reading is excellent. The audio quality, on the other hand, suffers from "changing tape syndrome," where the pitch of the narrator's voice changes from time to time because the speed of the tape playback wasn't consistent. It's a minor nit, though... it happens infrequently enough that it doesn't annoy for long.

31 of 32 people found this review helpful

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  • Wilson
  • Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada
  • 08-27-06

Overall Good

Basically this breaks down to the difference between the story and narration, which are great, and the sound quality and intro, which are bad.

Good: Terry Pratchett is dead funny, and the narrator does a great job.

Bad: I suspect this is a digitization of an older audiobook format. Volumes go up and down from section to section, and they've used a chime noise to designate a change of scene/chapter that's a bit annoying. Listening to the whole book means adjusting your iPod volume up and down every 10 to 20 minutes as the next sections volume will likely be different from the last.

Worst: Just skip the first minute. Terry Pratchett apparently thinks we're all stupid or criminal and feels the need to have someone nag us for the first minute about not sharing/reselling his work by reading us portions of the Audible liscence we obviously already agreed to.

Overall: Good book, worth the audible credit and fun enough you can listen to it more than once :)

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Snoodely
  • Santa Barbara, CA United States
  • 07-24-10

Ingenious, hilarious, great fun!

I just finished listening to "The Light Fantastic" for the second time, and I enjoyed it even more than I did the first time. It has convinced me to start listening to all Pratchett's Discworld novels in sequence. I can't heap enough praise on Nigel Planer's narration. Mr. Planer has consummate acting skills, with a plethora of voices and accents, which he uses masterfully. Normally, I would dock a star for the bad sound quality on this recording; but I enjoyed this audiobook so much -- despite the tinny sound -- that I overlooked that drawback. Considering the print publication date of this novel -- 1986 -- and the fact that the audio version was probably recorded shortly thereafter -- on tape -- one can forgive the sound quality. I can't imagine why anybody would not like this audiobook. Certainly, anyone who likes Douglas Adams' books will certainly like Terry Pratchett's books. The two authors have the same kind of brilliant, off-beat imagination and sense of humor. I suppose if one prefers non-fiction or romance, one might not appreciate Terry Pratchett's offerings; but, otherwise, one can hardly go wrong with Terry Pratchett. Just prepare yourself for an alternate reality.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Cynthia
  • Davison, MI, USA
  • 08-20-05

Poor audio quality but great series.

This file has various volume changes and some sections sound hollow and echo. I love this series, but I'm disappointed in the quality. There's also an anoying little bell-ring when the scene changes but that's a production paux.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • David
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 05-28-10

A little too cute

Is it possible to be too clever? Probably not. Unless cleverness becomes your only pitch. I have read a number of Pratchett's later books and enjoyed them thoroughly. His characters are endlessly amusing but they are also deeply human, and his plots are composed of whimsy steeped in wisdom. This book, on the other hand, seemed to be working on only one level with the characters existing primarily as mannequins upon which the author could display his sparkling wit and bantering wordplay. He just seemed to be trying too hard, and in the end it all came off as "cute." That is not Pratchett at his best. Still, even second rate Pratchett is entertaining, and his creation of a superannuated "Cohen the Barbarian" is probably worth the credit all by itself.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Harry Potter Meets Hitchhiker's Guide - on Drugs

Would you listen to The Light Fantastic again? Why?

How to describe the plot - if Harry Potter had been,

What other book might you compare The Light Fantastic to and why?

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. If you haven't read it, shame on you. If you have and liked it, you'll love this book.

Which character ??? as performed by Nigel Planer ??? was your favorite?

I'm still entranced by the luggage. It follows its owner everywhere, and eats anyone who tries an unauthorized search. We could balance the nation budget with that feature alone; it would eliminate an entire useless goverment agency.

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

I would be worried I would miss something if I weren't concentrating enough.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great listen...if you don't mind page chimes

This is a good book that continues the series but I have found that listening to what I call page chimes (the tone in children's books that let them know to turn the page) every few "pages" annoying. I can only hope that this is exclusive to this book since it wasn't present in the first book. The Narrator does a very good job reading and gives you the feeling of multiple actors playing the different roles of a play.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Mitch
  • California
  • 03-08-09


This book was just hilarious. I've listened to half a dozen books in the series. This is my favorite. The sound quality did seem a little off. But not enough to stop me from enjoying the book

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Nando
  • Dayton, Ohio, United States
  • 11-26-08

Unbelieviable laughter causing story

Terry Prachett is one crazy writter. I can't tell you how many times people stopped and stared at me while I was listening to this book. (Due to uncontrollable laughter at the characters lines.)I view this as my all time favorite type and style of writing. Comedy and Sci-Fi. I can say I got so many laughs from this book that I will continue with the rest of his series. I'm hoping that he continues with the hillarity in the rest of the stories.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Authentic Discworld

I've read this book before elsewhere so knew what to expect.

Definitely one of the better disc world novels, though I feel that Nigel Planer's narration is just not up

to standard.
I also dislike the use of reverberation to distinguish between the main text and the author footnotes and

also for the voice of death.

Note that this recording appears to be quite old and there is a definite pronounced hiss at times. Also,

volume seems to vary through the recording.
However, it isn't so bad that it detracts from the voice of the narrator.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful