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The audiobook of Sourcery 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's vital to remember who you really are.... it isn't a good idea to rely on other people or things to do it for you, you see. They always get it wrong.'

An eighth son of an eighth son is born, a wizard squared, a source of magic. A sourcerer.

Unseen University, the Discworld's most magical establishment, has finally got its wish: the emergence of a wizard more powerful than ever before. You'd think they would have been a little more careful what they wished for....

As the sourcerer takes over the University and sets his sights on the rest of the world, only one wizard manages to escape his influence. Unfortunately for everyone, it's Rincewind.

Once again the cowardly wizard must embark on a quest: to deliver a precious artefact - the very embodiment of magic itself—halfway across the Disc to safety. If he doesn't make it, the death of all wizardry is at hand.

And the end of the world, depending on who you listen to.

Sourcery is the third 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.

©1988 Terry Pratchett and Lyn Pratchett (P)2022 Penguin Audio

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"May well be considered his masterpiece.... Humour such as his is an endangered species." (The Times

"One of our greatest fantasists, and beyond a doubt the funniest." (George R.R. Martin)

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Enjoyable

I'm really starting to enjoy this series. The writing is excellent and very funny. But, what makes the whole story really enjoyable is the brilliant narration.
Colin Morgan is a first class actor and, manifestly, a narrator. Once again I found myself laughing out loud at his use of many different voices - the man is a genius.

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Wonderful

So love Terry Pratchett’s imagination, irreverent humour and compassionate understanding of the human condition. Colin Morgan was fantastic. His range of voices is incredible.

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Brilliant new production

For everyone who already knows that this series is great, these new productions are a lovely way to revisit Discworld. The old audiobooks are still good, but if you’re new to it, this is a fantastic way to experience these stories for the first time. The narrator is perfect; he absolutely nails the tone and gets all of the characters just right.

My only complaint is Bill Nighy’s delivery of the footnotes. He’s a great actor, but I don’t know why he’s chosen that deadpan style. I always thought of the footnotes as TP talking to us, and he had much more twinkle and sprightliness in his voice. Nighy sounds more like he’s doing Hitchhiker’s Guide. He doesn’t ruin it at all, but it does feel like a mistake in an otherwise perfect production.

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Brilliant Characterisation!

I'm not as huge a fan of these early books as I am of the later ones, and I'd mostly forgotten this one, but Colin Morgan is an excellent narrator. He puts life into even the most minor of characters. His ability to create the right voices is fantastic.
Most enjoyable.

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brilliantly read

i love listening yo these readings by colin morgan. he has a voice like dark chocolate!!! perfect!!!

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The magic of Discworld

I’d like to spend a few words to congratulate Thierry Pratchett books for this well worked project! Everyone who worked on it is outstanding, those who organize behind and the narrators!
In particular I’d like to congratulate the three narrators of the wizard series, Colin Morgan so exceptional, Peter Serafinowicz and Bill Nighy! Concerning this audiobook, it’s so pleasing listening to the various characters so well portrayed by Coli Morgan! This book is to be bought!

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  • 15-07-22

So Much Heart

Colin Morgan is an exceptionally talented audio performer. I could blather on about his range, creativity, comedic timing, skill with accents, etc., but what stands out most to me with this one is his subtle use of the tiniest of nuances -- a well-placed pause, breath, or sigh; a barely perceptible change in tone -- to effortlessly convey the heart & empathy in Pratchett's writing. He's so very, very good at this.

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  • 05-08-22

great but...

I love Terry Pratchett and Colin Morgan, so this is like Christmas for me. Colin Morgan's deep voice suits really well to dark humours of the story and his voicing of Rincewind gives wonderful character to this funny & failed wizzaarrd. Yet, I am not so sure about some other characters. Creosote and the hat especially. The voice was still somehow convincing to me (that's how I imagined them talking), but it was painful to listen to and made me feel tense...

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  • Jonathan M Combs
  • 21-07-22

Odd voicing choices

Again, a good book and an overall good reading but some of the choices made for character voices were just bizarre. And in one or two spots I'm pretty sure the narrator gave the wrong voice to a line. Still very enjoyable, though :)