And then you've got to deal with all these assassins, sphinxes, huge wooden horses, mad high priests, philosophers, sacred crocodiles, gods, marching mummies, jobbing pyramid builders and Hat, the Vulture-Headed God of Unexpected Guests.
And all you really wanted was the chance to do something for young people and the inner cities.
Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards.
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"There's no end to the wacky wonders...No fantasy is as consistently, inventively mad...wild and wonderful." (Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine)
If you are a Terry Pratchett fan then you will enjoy this one (though not as funny as some of his other), as always delivering a humorous fantasy. This is my first audio book of Terry's that I have listened to and will definitely recommend the narrator!
I'm a sucker for any Terry Pratchett book, particularly his Discworld series, and this is no exception, with his characteristic wit & humour. While I wouldn't say this is his best work (from my point of view. For me, Thief of Time or any of the Watch or Weatherwax books out-strips this one easily, but that's mostly because I love those characters), this is an excellent novel, performed wonderfully.
I'd heartily recommend any of Terry Pratchett's work to my friends, but if this is your first Discworld, it can be a bit dry compared to some of his other work. However, if you appreciate political satire, absurdities within hierarchies & the occasional witty reference to Ancient Egypt, this is probably the book for you.
He's got excellent range as a voice actor & I find his rendition of different characters to be really wonderful. His tone whilst narrating is a beautiful fit for Terry's understated witticisms & he covers the trademark footnotes of Pratchett's style with elegance.
"Putting the oh! in Pharaoh."
"a lovely listen"
Nigel Planer is a great narrator, I shall be listening to more of his readings.
"Audio is variable"
This is a great book well read, but beware the audio quality is all over the place. I know it's a 'vintage recording' but that doesn't excuse a good chunk of it being (ironically given the subject of the book) recorded at the wrong speed. Planer sounds drunkenly slow at times and speeds up again just as you've acclimatised to it. I've no doubt it was like this in the original release, and it's become no less disappointing since then considering how trivial it'd be to fix.
"Another Great Pratchett in Need of Clean-Up"
Above average in terms of performance. Fantastic in terms of story, and below average in terms of audio quality.
Along the lines of Moving Pictures, also by Pratchett.
You Bastard, the Discworld's foremost mathematician.
Laugh and cringe. Funny book, and absorbing, but the audio quality, like most of the early recordings of Pratchett's books, sounds as thought it was transferred from audio tape.
One of Planer's better recitals, but needs an audio clean-up. Worth getting though!
"Great characters in the disk world tradition"
Great narration adds to the overall enjoyment. Nigel Planer adds to the experience of the novel by creating rich rewarding verbal images of people and place, A very enjoyable book to lose your self in.
As much a part of the Discworld series that this is, it's great as a stand-alone book to start off with if you want an introduction to Terry Pratchett's very own style of comedy. The story itself is wonderful, full of quirky characters, epic mysteries, ancient civilisations and camels.
While I prefer Stephen Briggs as narrator for Terry Pratchett's books, Nigel Planer does a good job of portraying different characters, subtly changing dialects. The quality of the recording is sadly a bit lacking with a flat sound that sometimes inexplicably slows down for entire chapters.
""Going Forth is Easy...""
The narration was excellent as always.
The story humorous and yet thought provoking, but don't let that put you off... You can still listen to it is you just want something you can listen to with out thinking. 😊
Another fantastic Pratchett novel narrated beautifully by Nigel Planar, if you're a fan of the Discworld you owe it to yourself to check this one out.
"Good story, very well performed"
In audio form the various characters with unusual names were sometimes hard to track. Never the less a good story that was well performed by Nigel. He is especially good at the voice of a camel :-)
Wonderfully sophisticated narrative with all Pratchett's humour. Well read. And Neil from Young Ones blessedly only appears once. Odd changes in resonance as recorded in different venues/studios...
I've read this book many times. I still laugh even though I can see the jokes coming.
I have, many times. I am a devotee to DiscWorld and of course Terry Pratchett
Any DiscWorld novel.
He creates apt voices for each character.
I enjoy taking time unwrapping gifts and surprises, and use the same strategy for enjoying every facet of a great story.
I have read and re-read / and re-listened to, Terry Pratchett's novels, always finding something that I hadn't noticed and enjoyed before. Particularly I enjoy his underlying political commentary, that just seems to hit the nail on the head.
"An early Discworld Novel"
I remember reading this as a late teen, it was my first introduction to Discworld and from then on I was totally hooked, Nigel Planer is an excellent choice as narrator, he captures the characters perfectly. Pyramids is such a joy to listen to, this one particularly because it transported me back to my youth. This is a must for any Discworld 'beginner'.
"A Good Book, But..."
Nigel Planers narration takes a little getting used to; his reliance on stock silly voices sometimes detracts from the story, but it's still better than a lot of other voice actors. The mispronounciation of some the names also grates (I always assumed 'Ptraci' was pronounced as 'Tracy' since Pratchett likes to juxtapose the exotic with the mundane), but again you get used to it. The main issue is the varying audio quality. At times it's like he's reading the book in slow motion through a sheet of cotton wool.
Great book, well read, indifferently presented. Recommended if you can live with the niggles
"I 'sphinx' this is great! A five star listen."
What a wonderful listen! 'Pyramids' introduces you to the Kingdom Djelibeybi that will never make you look at Egyptian ancient history and the camels in the same way again.
I honestly believe that Sir Terry Prachett must have laughed out loud while writing this book.
It's rib-tickling, colourful and adventurous. Pteppic - a young Pharo is a great new addition to the Discworld cast, along with many other heroes and villains, but I shall say no more least I spoil the story.
Whether you're new to Discworld or are looking for a next book in the series this is 'a must read'. It's a great stand alone book.
Nigel Planner does a beautiful job and is a man of more than one voice. It was hard to put it away and could easily listen to it again.
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