Thrill, as Victor Tugelbend ("Can't sing. Can't dance. Can handle a sword a little") and Theda Withel ("I come from a little town you've probably never even heard of") battle the forces of evil and cinema advertising....
Scream, as Gaspode the Wonder Dog nearly saves the day....
Eat popcorn as you watch the filming of Blown Away, the oddest Civil War picture ever made, "A Passionate Saga set Against the Background of a World Gone Mad! With a Thousand Elephants!" (And afterwards, why not dine at Harga's House of Ribs, for the best in international cuisine - only two minutes from this audiobook).
"Philosophical humor of the highest order." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Unadulterated fun. Pratchett parodies everything in sight." (San Francisco Chronicle)
I grew up with a copy of this audiobook on cassette and it is a story that I have returned to time and again. Pratchett's Discworld novels are excellently written narratives for anyone who enjoys satirical fantasy, and the stories are always blended with a fascinating commentary on a few non-fictional themes. In this book Pratchett presents an interesting take on the issues of fame, hollywood, cinema advertising, and the disconnection from reality that people can experience when watching movies.
The storyline is enthralling, greatly assisted by Nigel Planer's narration. Planer has a wonderfully amiable style when it comes to voicing characters; each denizen of this book is amazingly well articulated. So much so in fact that many listeners may find themselves empathising with them like old friends before the end. Perhaps as a result of this, Planer also brings out the humour in the book very effectively. Even if you don't quite laugh out loud, you'll likely find yourself grinning at Pratchett's well crafted satire.
I highly recommend any of Pratchett's audiobooks, especially those voiced by Planer. Moving Pictures is a shining example of the perfect escapism you can find when the work of a brilliant author is brought to life by a master narrator. I'm sure I'll be coming back to listen to this one again.
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very good book but not as good as some of his others. i would recommend reaper man or gaurds gaurds as his best
Terry Pratchett does it again, another fantastical adventure in the Discworld. Nigel planer is an excellent narrator, he brings the characters to life.
Nigel Planer has a unique way of bringing Terry Pratchett's characters to life and understands to transfer the author's wittiness to this medium.
Terry Pratchett appears to have got a little obsessed with his panoply of characters when he wrote Moving Pictures. The book brims to overflowing with lots of little stories, but the core story feels short changed and shallow. It was so shallow that I can't even remember seeing it.
What did you like best about this story?
All the ways Pratchett dreams up of poking fun at the movie/entertainment industry.
Have you listened to any of Nigel Planer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Planer is very solid as usual. He does not quite reach the same level as Stephen Briggs but is still a top notch reader.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No. It's too long for that. Perhaps if I was trapped on a strange desolate island where I had no need of doing anything to sustain myself...
Any additional comments?
For newcomers to Pratchetts Discworld series this is a very good jumping on point.
Many new characters are introduced to the series in this book and there is no real need to know anything about the existing ones that turn up from earlier stories.
Terry Pratchett hat es geschafft, eine wunderbare Satire auf die Filmindustrie zu schreiben. Alle großen Studios sind mit von der Partie: 20th Cetury Fox (Cetury of the Fruitbat), United Artist (untied alchemists und Paramount (The Paramountain). Die Story ist abwechslungsreich undführt den Hörer durchaus auf falsche Fährten.Und Nigel Planner hat offensichtlich richtig Spaß dabei, die verschiedenen Figuren zu sprechen. 5 Sterne von mir (Und vergesst die deutsche Übersetzung!).
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It's Terry Pratchett. That should be enough of a reason to get it.
I don't even need all 15 words, but Audible wants more words for a review...
Halten Sie die Hörbuch-Ausgabe von Moving Pictures für besser als das Buch?
Die Hörbuch Ausgabe leidet ein bisschen unter der Qualität der Aufnahme. Der Sprecher ist sehr gut, aber man gewinnt den Eindruck dass dieses Hörbuch von Musikkassetten digitalisiert wurde. Also z.B. unerwartete Lautstärkenänderung, ab und an Knacken und Knistern. Allerdings durchgehend deutlich zu verstehen, auch als nicht Native-Speaker.
Was mochten Sie an der Handlung am liebsten?
Gaspode und "Good-Boy-Laddie". Ein Team wie Dick und Doof. Herrlich. Die Gespräche zwischen dem Erzkanzler und dem Quästor. Mustrum Ridcully stellt den Archetyp des überheblichen und eigentlich naiven Vorgesetzten dar.
Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?
Wer Pratchett mag wird dieses Buch lieben. Allerdings empfehle ich immer die Reihenfolge einzuhalten.
The best thing about this book are all the references to historic Hollywood cinema. They alone make this a worthwhile read although it seems to me that it is not as strong a story as many of the other discworld novels.
I got used to the Nigel Planer sometime in but I much prefer other speakers for the librarian, the arch chancellor and some others. It just wasn't my interpretation of them. I think he has an amazing ability for accents and I liked his "Laddy" and "Gaspode" a lot, though. However, he sometimes brought me out of the story lull.