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Publisher's Summary

Brought to you by Penguin. The audiobook of The Colour of Magic is read by Colin Morgan (Merlin; Testament of Youth; Belfast). BAFTA and Golden Globe award-winning actor Bill Nighy (Love Actually; Pirates of the Caribbean; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) reads the footnotes, and Peter Serafinowicz (Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace; Shaun of the Dead) stars as the voice of Death. Featuring a new theme tune composed by James Hannigan.

'It was octarine, the colour of magic. It was alive and glowing and vibrant and it was the undisputed pigment of the imagination....'

Somewhere between thought and reality exists the Discworld, a magical world not totally unlike our own. Except for the fact that it travels through space on the shoulders of four giant elephants who in turn stand on the shell of an astronomically huge star turtle, of course.

Rincewind is the world's worst wizard who has just been handed a very important job: to look after the world's first tourist, upon whose survival rests the peace and prosperity of the land. Unfortunately, their journey across the Disc includes facing robbers, monsters, mercenaries, and Death himself.

And the whole thing's just a game of the gods that might send them over the edge....

You can listen to the Discworld novels in any order, but The Colour of Magic is the first book in the Wizards series. The Colour of Magic is the first book in the Discworld series and was published in 1983. Some elements of the Discworld universe may reflect this. 

©1983 Terry Pratchett (P)2022 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"If you've never read a Discworld novel, what's the matter with you?" (Guardian)

"Pratchett uses his other world to hold up a distorting mirror to our own." (The Times)

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Superb work!

Since originally hearing they were redoing the audiobooks I was hyped! They did an amazing job with the performance overall. For anyone already a fan of Terry's work this is a must!

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Narration is weird, not sure I can finish

One of my favorite stories, tainted by poor narration. I'm 2 hours in and thinking about just returning the book. Almost feel like the older, echo laden version is better than this. Such a shame. Pre-ordered and had high expectations!

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Outstanding

Colin Morgan was a brilliant choice as narrator. Love the way he differentiates between so many characters without missing a beat. And of course the story is still wonderful.

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TERRIBLE Narration!

Look, I’m a true Kevin here. I’ve read all of Pratchett but I CANNOT do this narration! He is SO slow! It honestly rips away all of the wit and humor. I will also say I have to seriously strain to understand his accent, being an American. All of the delivery falls flat. He doesn’t seem to “get it” like Planer and Briggs did! I’ve had this preordered for the longest time and was SO excited about all the redos, but I guess I’ll have to keep on listening to the tin-can versions instead!

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So Much Fun!

Colin Morgan is simply a superbly gifted storyteller. Much care is taken with every syllable. The character voices are unique and engaging. The cadence, inflection, and nuance of his performance contribute to a thoroughly enjoyable and immersive listening experience. Oh, and he has excellent comedic delivery as well. I laughed a lot. Good, good fun. Looking forward to the rest of the series.

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Love this -

They've brought life and magic to this story. Very enjoyable performance that's really drawn me in bit by bit. Well paced, engaging, and overflowing with inflection and emotion. I can tell they cared quite a lot about this work.

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Absolutely Love It!

This is some of the best fantasy I've ever read! it is so well written and a delight to listen to. I love how absurd it is at times and how seriously it's still treated by the author. Terry Pratchett was a genius!

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Didn’t like the new narrator

This isn’t the strongest discworld book, perhaps not so surprising given that it is the first. The narrator brings it down, as many of the new narrators do. I preferred the old one, as they maintain the humour of the book, perhaps simply by being quite matter of fact about it. The new narrators are just too dramatic, and slow.

Thinking I might buy the old ones I don’t already have before audible makes them unavailable for purchase. I was holding of on it because I had high hopes for the re-recording

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Masterpiece

First, wow. Wonderful performance amd reading by the team. The story is like being a spectator to one of the most fantastic DnD campaigns ever put on. There's an air of comedy to everything in this story but I couldn't help but to be captivated by the whole story. It is wonderful. From start to finish. I will certainly be reading/listening to more Terry Pratchett.

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Totally worth it!

Hard to take off the headphones! Excellent story narrated by one of the best audiobook performers; the pacing and variety of voices used by Mr Morgan is simply exceptional.
I'm glad I had preordered the whole series.

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  • Mr. A. J. Hannaford
  • 07-08-22

Fantastic beginning!

A fantastic start to the Rincewind series, bringing back great memories from reading the book. Thought the narrator did a brilliant job of making the story come to life with a variety of excellent character voices including Rincewind himself. Looking forward to the rest of the tales!

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  • 07-09-22

Thoroughly entertaining

This is not a book I would normally read but I found this a very enjoyable listen. What made it so good is the brilliant narration of Colin Morgan who brought the whole story and characters to life and made me want to listen to the rest of the series. His ability to draw the listener into a completely different world is wonderful - and a breath of fresh air.
Will now download the other books in the series.

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  • emrys
  • 07-12-22

Impressive.

I don't know Terry Pratchett's books. This would explain why I really did not enjoy the first hour of listening. .I normally enjoy Colin Morgan's narration skill, but I really disliked that first hour and was bitterly disappointed. The next day I did some research into these books - I very quickly realised that they were a very specialised fantasy genre and that Colin's voices were " spot on."
I listened again the next night - AND i LOVED BOTH THE BOOK, AND THE NARRATIION It just shows how wrong you can be without some background knowledge. I found myself laughing out loud at Prachett's skill in writing and Colin's superb narration.
And it also shows how wrong you can be if you make decisions too quickly.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-18-22

Highly enjoyable

I was curious to find out how the notes would have been realized and I think that the sound effect is brilliant. It is perfectly managed to let the listener understand the difference of tone without taking them out of the main narration. The voice of Bill Nighy is always a joy to hear. The crowd of characters in Terry Prachett world is impressive in itself, but the ability of Colin Morgan to give a distinctive trait and characterization to each and every one of them is equally impressive. And not only to the characters, but also to the different tones of the narration. A kaleidoscope of intentions worthy of the colours of magic.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-08-22

Colin Morgan The king of storytelling

I started The Colour of magic last night and cannot find the words to describe Colin Morgan's skill.
He has a narrative ability that goes beyond just reading.
As well as when he acts, he identifies with the characters and this gives the play a real soul.
I had already read the book in Italian but listening to it in this way is turning it into a film.
When you have the ability to bring imaginary characters to life, it means that you are not just good, you are a champion
The best

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-17-22

Excellent performance

If you haven't tried a Discworld book before the general advice is don't start here - it's really a setting for various series of books more than a series by itself, you can safely start elsewhere to find out if you like the world (I'd recommend Small Gods, Guards Guards or Going Postal) without needing to know the plot of this book. You can always return to this later if you like the world but this and it's second half The Light Fantastic are a bit odd and chaotic compared to the later books.

Morgan did an amazing job narrating this, every character has a distinctive voice and his narration voice is excellent. He also happily avoided giving Twoflower (the Disc's equivalent of an asian tourist) an offensive accent. I'm looking forward to trying his version of the rest of the Wizards series.

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  • Patricia
  • 07-13-22

I wasn't sure at first.

I have been waiting for a new recording of the Colour of Magic for some time and this did not disappoint. Colin Morgon's narration of Rincewimd did take a bit of getting used to, those who have listened to Nigel Planer's narration will find this very different. But Colin Morgan's characterisation only adds to an already fantastic story.

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  • carol lamerton
  • 07-13-22

Colin Morgan King of Magic-King of audible.

From the moment the music started and Colin’s voice introduced himself, I was transferred into a world of fantasy.

I can’t begin to say how thrilled I am to have Colin Morgan reading Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books.

Colin is so multi talented, with a wide range of abilities to change his voice and accent in-order to fit each character perfectly. Added to that ability, his diction is so perfect and a joy to listen too, that you get carried away with the story and the sound of his voice.

I would recommend anyone to listen to Colin in audible books. He gets right into the characters and I can imagine watching him transforming his voice to fit the situation.

The Colour of Magic is a must for all Terry Pratchett fans. I highly recommend listening to it.

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  • PenelopePItts
  • 07-13-22

Magnificent narration brings characters to life

Brilliantly read by the talented Colin Morgan. Gripping and often laugh out loud funny. Recommended!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-10-22

interesting and amazing

ColinMorgan really knows how to bring a story to life!
《Discworld》series is my favorite Fantasy novel,as a non-native speaker of English I don't have too much
opportunity to visit Britain,reading and listening audio book are best way to know the background of the English culture.
As a narrator Colin is not just turn up and read the book,because there are multi characters and sprawling stories, it is been a bit of an eye opener for reader to understand exactly what is involved in it and what the outline it is, I think it is fun enough for me

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-07-22

Fantastic!!!

Absolutely loved it!!! Fabulous story & truly wonderful narrator!! Thank you so much Terry Pratchett & Colin Morgan!!

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  • another Us3r
  • 07-14-22

Try the tony robinson version first.

The over acting and voices dont match the story, The other older versions are much better, with this delivery almost all the jokes fall flat.