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Maskerade: Discworld #18 | [Terry Pratchett]

Maskerade: Discworld #18

It's Phantom of the Opera, Discworld style, when an aspiring singer and part-time witch wins a part in the big city opera, and quickly learns of a shadowy figure haunting the house. Now her sorceress companions Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg must come to her aid, before the fat lady sings her last rites!
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Publisher's Summary

The show must go on, as murder, music and mayhem run riot on the night...

The Opera House, Ankh-Morpork...a huge, rambling building, where innocent young sopranos are lured to their destiny by a strangely familiar evil mastermind in a hideously-deformed evening dress...

At least, he hopes so. But Granny Weatherwax, Discworld's most famous witch, is in the audience. And she doesn't hold with that sort of thing.

So there's going to be trouble (but nevertheless a good evening's entertainment with murders you really hum...)

© 1995 Terry and Lyn Pratchett; (P) 1999 Isis Publishing Ltd.

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    Glen Phipps Delray Beach, FL USA 04-16-03
    Glen Phipps Delray Beach, FL USA 04-16-03 Member Since 2002

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    "A Couple of Nights at the Opera"

    The Marx brothers would have been green with envy at the savaging given opera here (Wagner - 3 days of the gods screaming at each other interspersed with about 20 minutes of good tunes). This one had me laughing out loud during my commute - on I-95! - in Southeast Florida, no less! Pratchett is at the top of his form in this one. Even though I have a slight preference for the novels about the night watch, Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg get in to mischief that is some of the author's best (try the chocolate pudding with SPECIAL sauce). Listen, it's great. And so is Nigel Planer's reading, as always.

    22 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Woodville, TX, United States 08-22-05
    Marie Woodville, TX, United States 08-22-05 Member Since 2004

    I love mysteries in the style of P.D. James, Rex Stout, Elizabeth Peters, Dave Duncan, etc. I love sci fi written by Issac Asimov (the robot books), Douglas Adams, Jack McDevitt (Alex Benedict series) and Susan Collins. I love fantasy written by Terry Pratchett, and Kim Harrison. I love Kate Morton. I don't like graphic descriptions of violence.

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    "Great Fun"

    Terry Pratchett had a great time poking fun at opera and I had a great time listening. Almost as good as Night Watch. One of my favorite authors and readers.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    pashopper 09-08-08
    pashopper 09-08-08 Member Since 2008
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    "-show must go on- definitely go on listening"

    This story follows right after Witches Abroad and is even better. It introduces a new witch (who was mentioned slightly before) and the character is very likeable. It has murder mystery and show must go on with interfering witches humor. Very engaging plot. If you like opera you will enjoy the references and if you hate opera you will laugh out loud at those references to the same. The story is great, the author and the narrator are so perfect together, I think both of their talents must have come to being in some intrinsically magical and definitely related way.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer severna park, MD, United States 05-30-12
    Amazon Customer severna park, MD, United States 05-30-12 Member Since 2011

    I'm actually a day old tart, filled with maple custard. Perhaps, this reads as a rational introduction to others, and you are deliberately misreading it, because, come on, maple custard.

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    "Never trust a man who spells out his laughter."

    You won't need a history with opera to LOVE this book! I heartily recommend it, despite my shaky rating. I just wish Nigel Planer had diversified his characters a bit more.

    In Pratchett's Carpe Jugulum, Agnes and Perdita have very different accents, and are clearly defined from the narration. I own Maskerade in print. I bought the audible in order to hear Planer's play on Agnes's vocal audition, and how he pulls off a sentence with multiple exclamation marks. Perhaps Planer is simply too sane to manage it, or he didn't want to deafen us.

    Although his performance may not have met my over-enthusiasm, he does give a rock solid story. He won't ever blow your ear drums out, and you'll never have to fidget with your volume settings. Also, his interpretation of Greebo is absolutely the BEST I've heard!

    There are less outright jokes, and more witty jabs in this book then Pratchett's other witch novels, but it was still a fun read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Loren Waldorf, MD, United States 07-06-11
    Loren Waldorf, MD, United States 07-06-11 Member Since 2011

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    "It's a hoot!"

    The Discworld novels are great fun. They are light fare and not too deep or thought provoking, yet if you look closely they often have a point or two to make. This one is no exception. I was trained in classical Opera when studying vocal music so I really enjoyed the gentle skewering the art form received here. The witches are in fine form in this installment!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diane Burbank, WA, United States 11-02-10
    Diane Burbank, WA, United States 11-02-10 Member Since 2008
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    "great as always"

    The story is a fun version of the phantom of the opera and Nigel Planer is a fantastic narrator. It's not a reading it is a great performance of a funny story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa Chester, VT, United States 05-21-11
    Melissa Chester, VT, United States 05-21-11 Member Since 2008
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    This book is really funny. It is a must listen too. I thinks that Steven Briggs would have read it much better.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Decatur, GA, United States 02-21-13
    Mark Decatur, GA, United States 02-21-13
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    "Good story, satisfying performance"
    Where does Maskerade rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It comes close to the top, I think it's a great union of the performer and the material.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Maskerade?

    There is a fantastic chase towards the second half that gets very exciting.


    What does Nigel Planer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His accents were almost always very appropriate, and helped clarify the characters. There was only one voice that I felt didn't match up with what was described in the text. I've read a lot of the Discworld books and have seen and heard some other versions where the voices have never ended up seeming quite right. I think Nigel Planer did an excellent job, to the point where I might get some books I've already read just for listening to relax sometime, knowing that they aren't going to drive me crazy.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Ghosts ghost. Witches witch.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barry Petaluma, CA, United States 08-11-12
    Barry Petaluma, CA, United States 08-11-12 Member Since 2006

    My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.

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    "As entertaining as ever"

    Terry Pratchett is brilliant. This time around it's a mishmash of every girl-goes-to-city-to-be-a-star story. Some surprises. Some you see coming. Sometimes half the pleasure is in knowing that it's coming and enjoying the way Pratchett serves it up. A very fun quick read.

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    "Maskerade"

    As always it is great fun reading / listening to pratchett. This book is no different. It has a slight backdrop into the Witches storyline but unlike some of the others no previous knowledge of the characters will not spoil the reading of this volume.

    The concept is a twist of the Phantom of the Opera. So if the story seems familiar that is why. However, this storyline only hints [or rather tips its hat to the storyline] and so in essence you are getting a whole new story.

    Excellent book ... Well Orated

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