The Light Fantastic : Discworld

  • by Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by Nigel Planer
  • Series: Discworld
  • 6 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.Browse more novels of Discworld.

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What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

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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.
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- Carl Cravens

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 :)
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- Wilson "Lord of petty electronics"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: ISIS Audio Books