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.
"Consistently, inventively mad...wild and wonderful!" (Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine)
"The funniest parodist working in the field today." ( New York Review of Science Fiction)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
This book is really funny. It is a must listen too. I thinks that Steven Briggs would have read it much better.
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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