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  • The Light Fantastic

  • Discworld 2
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162

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?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor audio quality

  • By Jan on 14-04-2015

Great story, very worthwhile listening to the unabridged

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-02-2018

Story is great, Pratchett is a wonderful storyteller.

Nigel Planer is a great narrator. I especially enjoy the voice he does for Rincewind.

If you’re tossing up between the Abridged and Unbridged versions of Light Fantastic, listen to this one (unabridged). It’s longer, (which I think is a good thing) and you get the full experience of Pratchett’s word play. The abridged version cuts a lot of it out, which is a crying shame.

The quality of this is a bit poor in places, it’s clearly an old recording, but it’s entirely tolerable and besides, the only way to listen to a higher quality version is the abridged version. I hardly noticed.

All of the above also goes for Colour of Magic (prequel to this). The audio in this one is actually much better than Colour of Magic, so if that one put you off, note that this one is much better.

Also, if you’ve previously listened to the abridged version of any Pratchett novel, go back and listen/read the unabridged. They’re much superior.