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Postby Cheery » Tue Feb 09, 2010 3:43 pm

Zephyr wrote:
Cheery wrote:Oh, and has anyone listened to The Amazing Maurice lately (Stephen Briggs)?


I want that one! My rats want to listen to it! Can't seem to find it on audio by Stephen Briggs in the U.S. :(


Have you tried Itunes? It shouldn't be too much and if you don't want to use your credit card you just have to buy yourself an itunes gift card. That's what I do at least (cheeky me :lol: ). You just have to look for the name of the book, they have all the abridged versions, I think.

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Postby Zephyr » Tue Feb 09, 2010 5:42 pm

I have, and it's not in there. :(
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Postby Cheery » Tue Feb 09, 2010 8:28 pm

What? :shock:

Curse you Itunes!!

Did you look on Itunes US? Because I know that it's definatly on Itunes UK and Itunes Switzerland. You could try opening a UK-account or something like that.
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Postby Zephyr » Tue Feb 09, 2010 8:50 pm

Yeah, just iTunes US. Not a lot of selection as far as stuff that didn't originate here that's not already mainstream. Not sure how to sign up with other nation iTunes or I'd do it in a heartbeat.
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Postby Cheery » Wed Feb 10, 2010 10:30 am

I did it with a US-account. I'll try and find the article again. You can do exactly the same thing with other countries. I'll try and find an english version.
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Postby Zephyr » Wed Feb 10, 2010 12:38 pm

Yay! Thank you!

Yeah, unfortunately I didn't do so well in my German classes in school, and where I live doesn't see any reason to learn a forn language unless it's Spanish and even then I can sort of muddle through a type of gutteral Tex-Mex and I seriously doubt they did any European copies of Tex-Mex language versions of DW books. :lol:

In other words, English is my only language. :oops:
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Postby snk89 » Sun Feb 21, 2010 8:37 pm

Wow. i find it surprising that people prefer Stephen Briggs to Nigel Planer. Ive listened to all the books till Carpe Jugulum. Except for 3, all the books are read by Planer and they are so vivid, colorful. Each and every character's voice seems just right (well maybe magrat and agnes are a bit off but not by much). I just started listening to The Fifth Elephant and i just realized... theres no more discworld for me. It feels like briggs is reading the books to himself and the character are so wierd. I think ill be better off reading the rest of the books with Planers voice in my head.

I obviously know im biased. After listening to 200 odd hours of the same person i cant imagine the characters any other way. At first i was like omg what the hell happened to Carrot and Vimes and VETINARI!!! Im really really disappointed. I know Briggs is a great supporter of Discworld, but even if he is a good narrator, why did they have to replace Planer after 20 books...

I guess im a little late but im new to discworld and i feel the magic ive built up over months is ruined... ahh...
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Postby Cheery » Sun Feb 21, 2010 9:24 pm

snk89 wrote:Wow. i find it surprising that people prefer Stephen Briggs to Nigel Planer. Ive listened to all the books till Carpe Jugulum. Except for 3, all the books are read by Planer and they are so vivid, colorful. Each and every character's voice seems just right (well maybe magrat and agnes are a bit off but not by much). I just started listening to The Fifth Elephant and i just realized... theres no more discworld for me. It feels like briggs is reading the books to himself and the character are so wierd. I think ill be better off reading the rest of the books with Planers voice in my head.

I obviously know im biased. After listening to 200 odd hours of the same person i cant imagine the characters any other way. At first i was like omg what the hell happened to Carrot and Vimes and VETINARI!!! Im really really disappointed. I know Briggs is a great supporter of Discworld, but even if he is a good narrator, why did they have to replace Planer after 20 books...

I guess im a little late but im new to discworld and i feel the magic ive built up over months is ruined... ahh...


With me it's the other way round :lol: I first listened to Stephen Briggs and then Nigel Planer. I like both, but Stephen Briggs a little bit more.
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Postby Tonyblack » Sun Feb 21, 2010 9:41 pm

I'm currently reading Thud! for the discussion on March 1st and I have the audio book of it, which I'm very familiar with. the trouble is, I keep hearing it in my head in the voices that Stephen Briggs does. While I think he's really good at reading the books and doing the characterization, I'm finding it a little intrusive when I'm actually reading.

Not sure if that makes sense. :lol:

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Postby Doughnut Jimmy » Sun Feb 21, 2010 9:48 pm

Welcome snk89!

Tonyblack wrote:I'm currently reading Thud! for the discussion on March 1st and I have the audio book of it, which I'm very familiar with. the trouble is, I keep hearing it in my head in the voices that Stephen Briggs does. While I think he's really good at reading the books and doing the characterization, I'm finding it a little intrusive when I'm actually reading.

Not sure if that makes sense.


Makes perfect sense to me Tony I get the same thing with reading books that I've heard the audiobook for :)
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Postby Who's Wee Dug » Sun Feb 21, 2010 9:49 pm

Welcome to the site snk89. :)
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Postby Sjoerd3000 » Sun Feb 21, 2010 10:06 pm

Welcome to the site snk89 :D
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Postby Willem » Mon Feb 22, 2010 12:02 pm

I've now listened to the first two parts of Unseen Academicals, read by Mr Briggs. I've decided that audiobooks aren't for me.
While Mr Briggs does a very nice job, I prefer the original voices in my head to his :)
I find I get distracted far more easily when listening to a book than when reading it... anyone else that has this problem?
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Postby Tonyblack » Mon Feb 22, 2010 12:20 pm

Willem wrote:
I find I get distracted far more easily when listening to a book than when reading it... anyone else that has this problem?
I certainly do - unless I'm doing something like cycling or driving, I find it very difficult to just sit and listen. I'm very likely to pick up a book or something. :lol:
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Postby raisindot » Mon Feb 22, 2010 1:34 pm

snk89 wrote:Wow. i find it surprising that people prefer Stephen Briggs to Nigel Planer. Ive listened to all the books till Carpe Jugulum. Except for 3, all the books are read by Planer and they are so vivid, colorful. Each and every character's voice seems just right (well maybe magrat and agnes are a bit off but not by much). I just started listening to The Fifth Elephant and i just realized... theres no more discworld for me. It feels like briggs is reading the books to himself and the character are so wierd. I think ill be better off reading the rest of the books with Planers voice in my head..


I guess to each his own. I'm listening to CJ now, and while I prefer Planer's Nanny and Granny to Briggs' renditions, I still feel that Briggs does a much better job of capturing the 'souls' of Pterry's characters, while many of Planers's vocalizations aim for making the characters "funny" but not "depth-ful." His vocalizations of Verence, Magrat, and Agnes make these characters come off as stupid, provincial rubes. Even Sean Ogg seems "smarter" than them.

To compare the difference Briggs's and Planer's style on a apples to apples basis, compare the way they vocalize Igors. In TOT, TFE and beyond, Briggs vocalizes them with a mixture of the classic horror movie Igor inflection but adds a level of erudition and sarcasm that portray them as beings of immense sophistication, wisdom, and, yes, even humanity. Compare this to Planer's Igor in CJ, who comes off as a slurring, stupid monster. That's the difference, I think between the two readers.

But, as always, YMMV.

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