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Publisher's Summary

A collection of the full-cast BBC Radio dramatisations of novels by Terry Pratchett.

Somewhere on the frontier between thought and reality exists the Discworld, a parallel time and place which might sound and smell very much like our own, but which looks completely different....

Published for the very first time are seven full-cast BBC Radio dramatisations of Terry Pratchett’s novels, with star-studded casts including Martin Jarvis, Sheila Hancock, Anton Lesser, Philip Jackson, Alex Jennings and Mark Heap.

Mort

Hopeless young peasant Mort is hired as an apprentice to Death. He'll have free board, use of the company horse and being dead isn’t even compulsory. In fact, it's a dream job - until he discovers that it can be killer for his love life....

Wyrd Sisters

Three witches meet on a blasted heath. A king is cruelly murdered. A child heir and the kingdom’s crown are both missing. But Granny Weatherwax finds that meddling in royal politics is a lot more complicated than certain playwrights would have you believe....

Guards! Guards!

In Ankh-Morpork, the Haves and the Have-Nots are about fall out. Again. The Night Watch’s Captain Vimes is used to this but when the Have-Nots find the key to a lethal, dormant weapon that even they don’t understand, he knows it’s time so sober up. 

Eric

When precocious young Eric Thursley summons a demon from the loathsome pit to fulfil his every wish, he wants what everyone wants – immortality, to rule the world and have the most beautiful woman love him. Instead he gets Rincewind, the Disc’s most incompetent wizard. 

Small Gods

On the Discworld, Gods are as numerous as herring roe, all elbowing for space at the top. In such a competitive environment, you need an acolyte and fast. For the Great God Om, Brutha is the Chosen One, or at least the only One available....

Night Watch

Living in the past is hard. Dying in the past is incredibly easy, especially when there is a serial killer on the loose who targets coppers. Commander Sam Vimes of the City Watch is back in his own rough, tough past and he has a job to do.

Bonus Story

In addition to these Discworld novels, this collection also includes a full-cast dramatisation of Only You Can Save Mankind, from the Johnny Maxwell series. As an alien fleet crosses his computer screen, Johnny prepares to blow the ScreeWee into a million pieces....

©2018 Terry Pratchett (P)2018 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

What the critics say

"The voice cast is fantastic." (Starburst)

What listeners say about Terry Pratchett: BBC Radio Drama Collection

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Fun for existing fans, too brief for new readers

Lovely little radio plays of several Pratchett novels, beautifully voiced by a full cast. For fans already familiar with the books, these are great enactments that bring the characters to life. However, they've had to cut too much content out of the books for this to be a good introduction to folks unfamiliar with the books already. Most would be confusing, I think, and seriously lacking context (e.g. Eric, Night Watch). So if you're new to Pratchett, start with the full books.

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Amazing value

Excellent performances and amazing value. A good selection of books for new and old fans.

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very abridged

this dramatized version leaves out the author's wonderfully descriptive world and they just leave what each charater says.

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Excellent multi-cast dramatization.

I really enjoy these types of dramatizations as a change from the usual narration format; especially when they are for books I love and have read many times. "Mort" and "Guards!Guards!" we're especially good.

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Good un

Nights Watch alone is worth it. The story is done well and the cast sounds exactly right.

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Needs more narration

Great stories, and I really enjoy the dramatization. Slight lack of narration at times. Couple stories get hard to follow as it's just people talking with no explanation of where you are or who they are.

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  • S. Horn
  • 2018-11-09

Get the unabridged audiobooks, instead

While the performers gave each of these abridged versions of Discworld novels their best, the audiobook originals are far, far better. These radio plays are such abbreviated renditions that the stories barely hold together, and, in truth, sometimes they don't. The magic and weirdness of the Discworld that make Pratchett's books such rare treasures are lost in the rush and jumble of these very short plays. Do yourself a favor and listen instead to the excellent, unabridged audio versions of each of these remarkable books. You'll be so glad you did.

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  • Amanda Cook
  • 2018-11-07

Wasn't Sure At First

Most of it was delightful but Guards Guards was unfortunate. I understand having to change some things to make it work for radio but it didn't work for Guards Guards and Carrot was all wrong I feel.

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  • Art_VT
  • 2018-11-01

Cut too much, and most of the jokes.

Each story is about 2 hours, and to get a 11 hour book to fit in a 2 hour story, much of the extraneous stuff has to be removed. Extraneous is all the interpersonal stuff that makes Terry Pratchett books so much fun. If you knew the story to begin with the radio plays are a nice reminder (allowing that you did not look forward to, and miss the parts that were removed), I think you would be happier to get the entire book and enjoy it.

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  • Jacobus
  • 2018-11-14

Radio drama + Terry Pratchett = MAGIC

Yes, it is not the complete text of the books, but I still enjoyed revisiting some of the best Discworld stories through this collection of BBC Radio 4's dramatisations. You will meet the Weird Sisters, Mort, get acquainted once again with the Small Gods, feel the Ankh Morpork cobbles under your feet while patrolling with Captain Vimes of the Night Watch dealing with dragons. "Guards! Guards!" and suddenly you travel back in time becoming the impeccable Sgt Keel. But just for the fun of it, the collection has one non-Discword story in it... helping you to remember WHY you love the disc world. I really enjoyed these dramatisations. It is an excellent tribute to the work of Sir Terry Pratchett whose whit and unexpected take on things we miss so dearly. Buy this if you want to go on a trip through memory lane. Enjoy the radio dramas for what it is, radio dramas. Then I can guarantee you, you won't be disappointed.

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  • Mary K. O'connor
  • 2019-09-04

Adore Terry Prachett, BUT not this book...

This compilation was very difficult to listen to/hear-perhaps it was because it originally was a BBC Broadcast? Regardless, hard to understand some of the lines, accents hard to follow, especially when they mumbled. Music came on loud, then voices hushed-very hard to listen to. Loved Mort, tho the ending was a little disappointing. Other stories not that great.

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  • Georgia Shopper
  • 2018-11-11

Just ok

I'm a huge fan of Terry Pratchett, but this collection made me rather sad. "Guards, Guards" was the best of the group, but I've actually heard that one several times before purchasing this collection. I was hoping to find some new favorites among the others. But no... These were all wonderful books, so I blame the adaptations. I feel like all that was wonderful about the books was removed for these radio versions. "Guards, Guards" was good. At least that one was somewhat funny. The others were not. Overall I'd say skip this and buy an audio version of one of Terry Pratchett's books instead.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-08-25

Not so good

The performance was good but the manuscript was very lacking and kind of ruined the story

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  • Michael
  • 2018-11-02

It's not "by Terry Pratchett"

This is a dramatized performance based on Terry Pratchett books. The books are shortened and pretty much only dialogs are left.

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  • Brian Douglas
  • 2019-03-11

The Good, Bad, and Overall...

The Good: Nice dramatization of the stories we know and love. The Bad: This comes across more as Fan Fiction due to the changes in the stories. More than just abridged, the stories have been changed. Sadly, some of the changes were what made the originals so great so it was disappointing to see 2 dragons in love flying off into the sunset. Overall: Treat it as Fan Fiction dramatized and you can still enjoy it. Highly anticipated this release but was left a bit disappointed in the final product. Overall rating 3 Ankh Morpork Sausages... and I'm cutting me own throat.

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  • Eric De Terville
  • 2020-07-03

Discworld-ish

If you are looking for some good BBC Radio Plays this is a good deal. Hardcore Pratchett fans may want to pass this one by. The stories are adapted for broadcast and therefore shorter and rather bare bones in detail. A well done series of plays and an entertaining listen if leaving something to be desired.

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  • Irina Du Plessis
  • 2020-07-08

An old favourite

Ok even to listen in the car during a longer commute. Typically good performance ...usual dark but enjoyable humour!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-06-10

Good listen

All the stories are well written, witty humour, interesting characters and a magical world. Apart from the story about the three witches, the stories are easy to follow.

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  • aniki
  • 2019-03-28

Des heures de plaisir

Je n'ai pas encore lu les livres du Disque-monde, mais un ami m'en avait déjà un peu expliqué l'univers et cette entrée audio en matière m'a définitivement donné envie de me procurer les bouquins. Les dialogues, l'univers sonore, le registre musical, tout est captivant et a un charme très montypythonesque. La fin (dans un univers plus contemporain) m'a moins captivé, mais le plaisir a duré jusqu'au bout.

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  • nreyes
  • 2019-02-20

Brings these works of art to life

As a fan of the Discworld novelsi by Terry Pratchett I found that these BBC versions really brought the characters to life. I was less impressed by the performances in the last book “only you can save mankind” but that is more of a personal choice of reading matter.