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)
Funny, Clever, Entertaining
I typically have enjoyed Nigel Planers reading of the Discworld novels, this performance does not disappoint!
Laughed allowed on many occasions!
"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!!
"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!
"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.
"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.
"Excellent for escapism"
The discworld series is so good at taking you away from life for a short time. This book is really well written, I love the way that Pratchett uses musicals as the basis for this book. The humour is sharp, but inoffensive and I was frequently listening for 'just a couple more minutes' to find out what happened next.
Nigel Planer is very easy to listen to and the variation he gives to the characters is consistent and adds to the description offered in the books.
I fully intend to keep listening to the discworld series after this book.
The description offered in the book paints a vivid picture.
The books are light hearted but insightful, making them easy to listen to and thoroughly engaging, his observations given in parody are intelligent and funny.
Very easy to listen to with good variation between characters and intonation.
Waiting on my next credit so I can listen to the next one!
I've always listened to Terry Pratchett audio books narrated by Tony Robinson and loved them so this was a bit of a departure for me. I really enjoyed the fact that it was unabridged meaning that I got to listen to the full story and the actors are really good at bringing the story to life. I would definitely recommend this series of audio books. The book itself is obviously fantastic - as you'll know if you've ever read/listened to any Discworld stories before. If you haven't they are well worth a try spinning fantasy with a brilliant sense of humour and a cracking narrative.
"The witches beyond"
Found the continuation of the story of McGrath exciting and the involvement of the other witches and wizzards in the magically unfolding tale is electric! Wonderful and skillfull!
But I'm so used to Tony Robinson reading that even the fact that this is unabridged can't help - it seems to hasty!
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