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Publisher's Summary

Brought to you by Penguin. The audiobook of The Light Fantastic 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.

'Darkness isn't the opposite of light, it is simply its absence...what was radiating from the book was the light that lies on the far side of darkness, the light fantastic.'

The Discworld is in danger, heading towards a seemingly inevitable collision with a malevolent red star, its magic fading. It needs a hero, and fast.

What it doesn't need is Rincewind, an inept and cowardly wizard who is still recovering from the trauma of falling off the edge of the world. Or Twoflower, the well-meaning tourist whose luggage has a mind (and legs) of its own.

Which is a shame, because that's all there is....

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

©1986 Terry Pratchett (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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"Incredibly funny, compulsively readable." (The Times)  

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Glad I Waited

Glad I waited to discover Discworld with these new performances. I appreciate the talent and passion from all involved in bringing these new sessions to life. They're great fun.

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What's missing?

I had just finished Terry Pratchett's The Color of Magic and wanted to listen to book two, so I got The Light Fantastic in anticipation of another rousing, funny, and satirical story read in the sardonic and fast-paced way as The Color of Magic had been by Nigel Planer.

The Color of Magic was, to me, performed in the vein of Peter Jones, who narrated the original TV series of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, and later Steven Fry in the 2005 film version. These narrators brought fast-paced British wit and sardonic humor to those performances as comedic masters of the English language, as had Nigel Planer to The Color of Magic. (I do realize the audio version of the Color of Magic I just finished listening to was technically flawed and seemingly rather old, as shown in recent weeks by its removal from Audible),

I hold no animus against Colin Morgan the narrator, but his performance is slow and plodding without the colorful qualities that Nigel Planer brought to The Color of Magic. Morgan seems to pause after every two or three words and that slows the pace and removes the intensity, the sense of urgency, and the humor the author seems to apply to the narration. This has taken me out of the story each time I’ve started it, so much so that I've quit listening to it. To me, It’s not funny to be read this way. Colin Morgan sounds like a fine Irish gentleman who could be hosting a TV show or reading poems at the local bookstore.

Having gotten to chapter 3 before giving up, I feel I've given enough time for Colin Morgan, but moreover, to whoever was directing or in charge of quality control of this recording and the continuity, as it relates to previous books in the series, i.e. The Color of Magic, to have figured out that this could be an issue.

But then again, maybe I expect too much for the money I pay for an audiobook.

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Phenomenal, brilliant story telling!!

Colin Morgan is amazing as always. A wonderful listening as if having been watching a magnificent colorful Disney movie in cinema, a totally 5D live enjoy!

Especially appreciated Colin Morgan’s talented beautiful rhythm and tones management, like a magnificent orchestra symphony, as if a splendid river fast flowing vividly with glittering waves.

And I say it here, Colin Morgan’s voice and accent are purest as the nature of the universe, just like wind and rain, the most pleasant comfort to ear and heart and soul, my favorite!

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Fantastic narration!

The narrators did an absolutely fantastic job with the characters. It was better than any film could produce.

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Colin Morgan Needs to Stop

I'm fond of this book, but the narration really worked against it. Morgan has a decent range of voices, but he always seems to lean into this sort of nasally, hostile, sarcastic tone that, more often than not, does not match the situation or character, sinks numerous jokes, and in general is not pleasant to listen to. It's not the worst choice for Rincewind, but it's in almost every character Morgan does, Beth-Anne in particular seemed pleasant enough on the page, but as voiced by Morgan she comes off as relentlessly petulant, demanding and just plain mean. Unless you're a completionist like me, if Mr. Morgan is doing the narration, stick with the old Planer/Briggs versions instead.

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Welcome to Discworld

i love Terry Pratchett's limitless imagination. The Light Fantastic, along with The Color of Magic, welcomes explorers, tourists, and other voyagers to the Discworld. The story is superb, and the naration very strong, dropping the listener onto the very streets of Ankh Morpork. Rincewind, a failed wizard travelers with an odd bunch of characters to save the world. First, you have Twoflower, the Disc's first tourist, and his always grumpy, sometime loveable, traveling luggage. Then there is the greatest hero of all time, or at leadt he was 40 or 50 years ago. Still and powerful, even if he is an octogenarian - he is a legend in his own lifetime. And last, there is the damsel who was relunctant in being saved as a sacrifice. Together, they must take on the world's greatest wizards, a mob of left ear people, and a magical shop that is not always where you last saw it. Travel with Rincewind and the gang on an adventure that will leave you laughing.

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Fabulous

A fabulous new performance and recoding of an early Pratchett book. I highly recommend it.

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Really enjoyed

After reading a lot of the discworld books when I was younger, I find the new audio books very enjoyable.
I have only one minor criticism. I find that some of the characters voices are sometimes hard to understand. I'm not necessarily blaming the narrator, as english is a second language to me and most of my listening is done while driving, so it could be just me. Anyway, I still recommend!

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These new versions are absolutely fantastic! The casting is on point and the overall quality exactly what this fantasy legend deserves. Top stuff!

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I miss Stephen Briggs

The narrator is definitely not my favorite. 90% of his character voices sound like a whiney 10 year old.

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  • emrys
  • 07-20-22

Great !

I wasn't sure about this series at first - but I have now become a total follower. Colin Morgan is the real hero here. - he just seems to find the right voice for all the many characters in the book. Even with the non- voice parts his narration is, without doubt, one of the best I have heard.
A brilliant series, and a brilliant narrator.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-20-22

"SPANG!!!"

"SPANG!!!"

Fabulous performance. Great to finally join this party rather late.

Can't wait for the next installment.

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  • Helen
  • 07-22-22

Thoroughly Enjoyable

This is another very entertaining and enjoyable listen. Terry Pratchett’s writing is quirky and laugh out loud funny in places. As with The Colour of Magic the narrator / performer brilliantly brings it all to life. I could listen to anything he narrates.

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  • PenelopePItts
  • 07-22-22

Gripping, funny and brilliant narration

Magnificent storytelling by Colin Morgan brings the discworld universe alive. Splendid stuff. Very highly recommended.

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  • SPorter
  • 07-18-22

Brilliant Narration

Really part II of The Colour of Magic. The second part of this epic tale is brilliantly narrated by Colin Morgan who vividly brings to life all the characters. Continuing the storyline we see Rincewind and Twoflower face death and a lot of other things accompanied by the luggage. The storytelling by Colin Morgan demonstrates his broad depth of talent which leaves you wanting more especially when he says The End. Cannot recommend this narration highly enough.

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  • Michael and Jane Bochenski
  • 07-16-22

Outstanding.

This is the fourth of the new Discworld audiobooks I have read. All really good. Colin Morgan is outstanding as a narrator. The Discworld novels are populated with an incredible array of characters, all flowing from the mind of a truly great writer. These are captured here with a truly astounding range of voices. Outstanding.

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  • Mr. A. J. Hannaford
  • 07-13-22

Cracking listen!

Listened to this straight after 'The Colour of Magic' as I enjoyed it so much. Have to say that Colin Morgan does a fantastic job of voicing so many differing characters, but especially Twoflower and Rincewind, an absolute joy!

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  • Stefan Tredwell
  • 08-08-22

Fabulous Version

Thoroughly enjoyed this as I have the first book too, going to go in order through the whole Discworld series!

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  • Janine Lewis
  • 07-28-22

Completely fabulous!!

What a fantastic performance of an old favourite. I loved every moment and highly recommend it.

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  • Sue
  • 07-16-22

Great Reading!

I'm a huge Discworld fan and thought the recent witches rerecordings were amazing.
That being said, this and The Colour of Magic were the first two written and Pratchett hadn't quite got his world going at this point. I still love them but I'm looking forward immensely to the later Rincewind books, the Death and the Watch series where things really take off and the magic happens.
Colin Morgan was excellent. He didn't turn anyone into a comedy character but everyone was just as they should be. Peter Serafinowicz was perfect as Death, even though Death himself isn't quite established yet. Loved the footnotes by Bill Nighy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-02-22

A very funny book

I think it’s a Really good filled with humour and a must listen for adults but this is just my opinion

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-23-22

Please bring back the old narrator!

I really wish they just kept the original narrator! Its no way near as funny and some of the characters voices made me cringe.. I definitely won't be listening to anything new myself.. but I'll listen to the older ones while there still there

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