The Opera House, Ankh-Morpork, is 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 murderous performances you can really hum).
©1996 Terry and Lyn Pratchett; (P)1999 Isis Publishing Ltd.
"Cracking dialogue, compelling illogic, and unchained whimsy....Pratchett has a subject and a style that is very much his own." (Sunday Times)
I love Pratchett's witches, and this time in Ankh-Morkpork solving murder mysteries, looking for money and going to the opera. Very good story with lots of fun! Recommendable!!
Funny, Clever, Entertaining
I typically have enjoyed Nigel Planers reading of the Discworld novels, this performance does not disappoint!
Laughed allowed on many occasions!
Shorten it by 100 minutes and bring in more of the regular Diskworld characters
No , but I will avoiid Terry Pratchett's other novels involving the witches
I kept hearing Neil from "The Young Ones" moaning through the characters
No way too long to support a totally predicable plot. I actualy got bored and switched to other audio books several times before I forced myself to finish this work
diskworld always should have appearnces , even cameos, by Lord Vetinari, Sam Vines and the Guards, CMOT Dibbler et al. and use less predicatble plagarised plots.
"The best so far"
Not sure if I should be reviewing this as I actually got my copy from the library rather than Audible so can't comment on the download quality. I have downloaded many Terry Pratchett titles though and the witches books have always been my favourites. This story was the funniest so far and is much faster paced than the others. Nigel Planer really has got all the voices perfect for me now. I would recommend this very highly. Next Carpe Jugulum!!
"In the unlikely event you've never read Pratchett"
I wasn't going to review Terry Pratchett's Discworld books, simply because he is such a well known author that everyone already knows that this book, like all the Discworld books, will be funny, imaginative and have everything you want in it to keep you coming back and re-reading year after year. Most Audible listeners also know that all the main narrators that read Pratchett's books (Stephen Briggs, Nigel Planer and Tony Robinson) are all amazing, bringing the book and it's characters to life in a way that earns their five star reviews.
If you are actually a new listener on the other-hand this might really help.
Firstly despite the order they were written in my suggestion would be to start with the guards series. Pratchett has developed a complicated world with several in jokes and this is an easy way to enter it, as the books introduce the reader to the main city from which much of the action takes place. The guards series is arguably one of the most popular and after the first book has a strong cast of both male and female characters. I should warn that some of the other series' books are set before the events in the Watch novels but I still found this the most accessible way, into this vast fictional world.
The order of the guards books are Guards Guards, Men at Arms, Feet Of Clay, Jingo, The Fifth Elephant, Night watch, Thud and Snuff (there are also spin off books that are mentioned in the series). From there you can either start reading the witches novels if you prefer female leads, Rincewind if you prefer male or stay in the city with some of what are often refer to as the `industrial' novels like The Truth, Going Postal and Making Money. Guides to reading order can easily be found on the net if you don't want to go by publication date.
I would also think twice before buying the abridged versions. Tony Robinson as a narrator is brilliant but so are the other narrators and a lot of the plot and humor is cut to fit so much into such a short time. I've listened to most of them and I'd personally go with unabridged every time.
"AN ABSOLUTE BLAST!"
Maskerade is one of the funniest Terry Pratchett audiobooks i've heard. This unabridged version, narrated by the chameleon voiced Nigel Planer is a joy from the first minute to the last. Great story, wonderful plot, and buckets full of laughs. Planer's character voices make the story come alive and add to the hillarity of the proceedings. I listened to this as my nightly bedtime story, and slept with a smile on my face!
"Let down by the narration"
Possibly. It's an entertaining Discworld novel (with enough social commentary to keep things bubbling along as usual) but I might be more likely to read the book rather than listen to it again.
Granny Weatherwax taking on ninjas. What's not to love? And Nanny Ogg in the kitchen. Poor opera house.
The voices were a bit painful. He had a tendency to make most of the women sound a bit hard of thinking. I still got to the end but I am a Pratchett fan through and through. I think if Discworld wasn't one of my comfort "reads" I might have given up.
"There's nothing quite like opera, and no-one quite like Granny Weatherwax."
The witches are my favourite of the Discworld series and Nigel Plainer reads them superbly
"One of my favourites, but..."
Terry's writing, of course. Tragically taken from us too early.
Apart from the 'Guards' series, this is probably my favourite - his 'in' jokes about Opera are quite hilarious, and Nanny Ogg and Granny Weatherwax are in fine form, voiced brilliantly by Nigel Planer. But why on earth did he decide that it was appropriate for Agnes, who is clearly meant to be an intelligent character, to be voiced as stupid? And why is Detritus Scottish? Or is it supposed to be something else - can't remember too clearly, it's been a while since I listened to it? But either way, surely it's more appropriate to voice trolls as Stephen Briggs does (i.e. merely slow witted - talkin' like dat). Fortunately, there's very little of Detritus in this novel, so you don't have to listen to that ghastly characterisation much. Mostly, I infinitely prefer Stephen Briggs' narration, but Nigel Planer is better at the witches (aside from Agnes). So for this novel, I wish I could combine the two of them!
"Who doesn't love witches!"
Great book read really well.
I'd read the book a while ago but Nigel planer reads really well and gets the voices just right
"' He Aitent Dead'!!"
An artists Achilles Heel is they don't become famous until after they're dead! Not so for Sir Terry Pratchett! ...
There are not many books in my extensive Audible library that are not written by Terry Pratchett! And even though we're not married, by his own genius, there is no ' until Death do us part ' !! That coupled with great narration even Nanny Ogg's recipes cannot outdo her creator! A witty concoction to be sure!
Don't buy the abridged versions, that's like ordering a nice pint after a hard days work, and the barman passing you a half! Dig deep into those pockets! And you will have a pint that never runs dry, or causes the room to start spinning, and the inevitable stumble to the bathroom to stick your head down the toilet!!
What will we do without you!! I would have added 'may you rest in peace' but I have the sneaky suspicion he wouldn't want that, so, instead, Sir Terry Pratchett~ ' may you rest in peas' or mid sneeze, or anything else that rhymes vaguely with the more common phrases one uses at the last curtain call... Nicky Munday
"phantom of the opera - wtih a masked twist"
fast paced wit
walter plinge and the old witches interations
all of the characters were brought to life in their own ways, each character became individual through tone of voice and accents and general character newances. The perfect narrator for terry pratchett
no it didn't matter
"Exceptional story telling by author & narrator!"
I would say that the audio version of Maskerade brings a whole new aspect that the print version cannot manage. Although I love the print version I feel the audio version creates an atmosphere all of its own.
The extremely clever wit that is brought alive.
Nigel Planer makes the story come to life. He has a unique way of narrating that really makes you believe the characters are real. The earthy accents that he can give to the country characters and the more common characters in the book is superb.
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