Soul Music

Narrated by: Nigel Planer
Series: Discworld, Book 16, Discworld: Death, Book 3
Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (2,146 ratings)

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On the planet of Discworld, phrases like "there's a Death in the family" take on a whole new meaning. Young Susan has always suspected that her Grandfather was different, as though all the time he spent riding a white horse and wielding a scythe weren't enough of a giveaway. Now that her worst fears have been confirmed, Susan learns that she's expected to take over the family business when she grows up, even though most people mistake her for the Tooth Fairy. But as attractive as Death can be to many people, Susan is drawn into something else: the exciting, addictive heavy beats of "Music with Rocks In," Discworld's latest dance craze.

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(P) ISIS Publishing Ltd, 1996; Copyright © Terry and Lyn Pratchett, 1994

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Great book, poor quality audio

The book was good: Susan and Death are pretty awesome, as are The Band With Rocks In boys. Maybe not one of Pratchett's best novels, but still entertaining.
However, as another reviewer pointed out, getting this on tape would have better quality than this version. It was obviously brought over from a set of cassettes, as it includes long pauses between the "tapes" (not the files). There is even an "end of cassette 1" type message at one point.
I was disappointed that I used a credit on this one. If I'd known about the quality in advance, I would have just picked up a copy of the book and skipped this recording until it was redone.

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    2 out of 5 stars

Low sound quality

I was disappointed by the audio quality of this book. It was clearly copied from a tape (at one point they failed to edit out a the narrator announcing: "side 3") This is fairly disappointing since you get low level white noise throughout the length of the book. Audible.com usually delivers books at almost CD quality, and this one was just not there.

The book itself is not one of Pratchett's best(still good though). The events in it follow those in "Mort" and "Reaper Man" and precede those in "Hogfather." You do not need to read those to enjoy this one though, the story stands up quite well on it's own.

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Classic Pratchett

I listened to this after hearing of Sir Terry's passing, and it is everything I love about his books: witty, charming, insightful, and just when you think it is simple fluff, poignant enough to take your breath away. My only regret is that it is an old production and the sound quality newton.k12.vt.us editing detracts from the pure pleasure of the story.

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    5 out of 5 stars

Rock and Roll hit Discworld

There's a whole lot of shakin' going on when a champion harpist goes to Ahnk-Morpork to pursue his musical genius. He quickly runs afoul of the Musicians' Guild and when a troll accidentally destroys his ancient harp, it looks like the big, wicked city has devoured another country boy. But instead, with the help of a dwarf horn player and an apologetic troll rock smasher, our hero goes in search for a another instrument. In a strange used instrument shop, he finds an ancient guitar and the Ahnk-Morpork has its first Guitar Hero.

When the guitar begins to play, music will never be the same. Groupies abound, wizards slick back their hair and channel James Dean, the Unseen University librarian gets funky on the organ, and Death's grand-daughter intercedes to save the ax-man from the traditional early death of guitar heroes.

Great fun for early Rock and Roll fans, as you play name that tune from the mono 45, Hot Wax days of rock.

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Enjoyed immensely

I really enjoyed this book and it drew many smiles and chuckles from me as I caught the jokes and word play. It was a little slow getting started, but once the story kicked in, it was very entertaining. If you like rock & roll, you'll enjoy all the references and side jokes. I thought of one friend immediately that I'd want to share the book with. I think it wouldn't have the same kick in printed form, though. The voices and reading are really great.

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    5 out of 5 stars

Dat good old rock music!

Terry Pratchett rewrites music history in typical Disk world fashion.

Totally outa site.

Read it / listen to it and enjoy it. One of the best readings of Terry Pretchett's disk world novels available. You will never listen to music quite the same way again.

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Soul Music

This is a good book but definitely NOT one of Pratchett's best (and I generally LOVE the books involving Susan and Death).
My main problem, other than the story itself-which, again, was good but not fantastic-was the narrator.
Nigel Planer makes Susan sound like a snob with a head cold. Considering the fact that she is featured prominently this gets annoying very quickly. As for the overall quality of the recording, it seems to me that ones with Stephen Briggs are SO much better (I have the electronic/iPod version).
I suppose it's a matter of taste (I really believe that Briggs does a better job at ALL the characters) but Planer's females are unforgivable.

Unfortunately, i've already downloaded all the Briggs read books so now i'm forced to go with Planner.

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Great delivery by the actor as usual....the audio

Well, first off the actor is brilliant as always. This recording however.....not so much. As others have stated there are areas where they did not cut out the tape ends. Not a big deal as far as I'm concerned. What IS a big deal is.....the background. I dont notice it while listening in my car, but I put on my headphones to do some house work and I kept hearing what sounded like people having a conversation in my house. Turns out it's in the background either of the original recording, or from when they transferred it over. Very distracting.

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annoying background noises

for large portions of the recording it sounds like someone is on the phone in the next room, it is inordinately annoying

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low quality sound. Have to turn up amps.

Nigel and Terry are amazing as always.
Just another person saying that they did a poor job porting these over to Audible.

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