Moving Pictures : Discworld

  • by Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by Nigel Planer
  • Series: Discworld
  • 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Cameras roll - which means the imps inside have to paint really fast - on the fantastic Discworld when the alchemists discover the magic of the silver screen. But what is the dark secret of Holy Wood hill? As the alien cliches of Tinsel Town pour into the world, it's up to the Disc's first film stars to find out...Thrill as Victor Tugelbend ("Can't sing. Can't dance. Can handle a sword a little.") and Theda Withel ("I come from a little town you've probably never even heard of") battle the forces of evil and cinema advertising...Scream as Gaspode the Wonder Dog nearly saves the day...Eat popcorn as you watch the filming of Blown Away, the oddest Civil War picture ever made... "A Passionate Saga set Against the Background of a World Gone Mad! With a Thousand Elephants!"(And afterwards, why not dine at Harga's House of Ribs, for the best in international cuisine; only two minutes from this book...).Browse all novels of Discworld.

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What the Critics Say

"Philosophical humor of the highest order." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Unadulterated fun. Pratchett parodies everything in sight." (San Francisco Chronicle)

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The narration really adds something

As the other reviewers noted, Nigel Planer adds something special to the narration of this audiobook.

Although I'm a Terry Pratchett fan, I never thought much of "Moving Pictures." I feel the book is an uncomfortable transition from his earlier Discworld novels, where he mostly parodied the characters and themes of typical fantasy novels, to his later Discworld books, in which he satirizes aspects of modern society. "Moving Pictures" is a rather unsubtle poke at the movie industry; I think Pratchett has done better.

I've listened to Nigel Planer read other Terry Pratchett books, and I thought I'd give this one a try. I'm glad I did. Somehow, Planer's itnerpretations smooths out Pratchett's rough spots. I enjoyed listening to "Moving Pictures" much more than I enjoyed reading it years ago. This is a case where a skilled reader can make a big difference in how you appreciate a book.
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- W. Seligman

Funny and smart. Escapism at its best.

Nigel Planer does an amazing job bringing Terry Pratchett's characters to life. From Gaspode the Wonder Dog's dry wit to Victor's inept heroism, Moving Pictures is full of belly-quaaking laughs. If you have enjoyed other books in the Discworld setiers, I am sure you will be equally pleased with this one.
If you haven't read any Pratchett novels, I started the series at Audible with Rincewind in the first book. Moving Pictures is my twelfth (and defintiely not the last I will read) in the series. The Discworld series does an incredible job of lightening my usually heavy reading list of serious non-fiction. So I heartily recommend this and the rest of the Discworld series.
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- Timothy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-24-2003
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books