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Maskerade Audiobook

Maskerade: Discworld, Book 18

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

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.

What the Critics Say

"Cracking dialogue, compelling illogic, and unchained whimsy....Pratchett has a subject and a style that is very much his own." (Sunday Times)

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    Opspin København Ø, Denmark 07-20-15
    Opspin København Ø, Denmark 07-20-15 Member Since 2016

    Opspin

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    "This book flies"

    This is thoroughly enjoyable and time will fly by when you're listening.

    Performance is wonderful, and the story is awesome!

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    Kristin Stolpestad 05-26-15
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    "Opera, murder and witches"

    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!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Derek Pretoria, South Africa 08-06-12
    Derek Pretoria, South Africa 08-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Classic Terry Pratchett"
    If you could sum up Maskerade in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, Clever, Entertaining


    Have you listened to any of Nigel Planer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I typically have enjoyed Nigel Planers reading of the Discworld novels, this performance does not disappoint!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laughed allowed on many occasions!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gil 07-22-14
    Gil 07-22-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Maskerade doesnt hit the high notes"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Shorten it by 100 minutes and bring in more of the regular Diskworld characters


    Has Maskerade turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No , but I will avoiid Terry Pratchett's other novels involving the witches


    What didn’t you like about Nigel Planer’s performance?

    I kept hearing Neil from "The Young Ones" moaning through the characters


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    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


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Michael
    Chatham, United Kingdom
    2/18/09
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    "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!!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • nicole
    United Kingdom
    8/26/13
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    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mary
    Coventry, United Kingdom
    1/3/11
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    "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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • mollyeyre
    Leicestershire UK
    12/31/15
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    "Brilliant"

    Not one of my favourites, but still very very good.

    I don't enjoy Nigel Planer's reading as much as that done by Stephen Briggs as he doesn't have the right voices for the characters. :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Liz
    UK
    9/29/15
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    "Let down by the narration"
    Would you listen to Maskerade again? Why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Maskerade?

    Granny Weatherwax taking on ninjas. What's not to love? And Nanny Ogg in the kitchen. Poor opera house.


    What didn’t you like about Nigel Planer’s performance?

    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.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "There's nothing quite like opera, and no-one quite like Granny Weatherwax."


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • miss k l macleod
    6/26/15
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    "Highly recommended"

    The witches are my favourite of the Discworld series and Nigel Plainer reads them superbly

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    London, United Kingdom
    5/30/15
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    "One of my favourites, but..."
    What did you like most about Maskerade?

    Terry's writing, of course. Tragically taken from us too early.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kathryn McIntyre
    5/27/15
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    "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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs Nicola A Munday
    Haselbury plucknett, Crewkerne
    4/4/15
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    "' 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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    hampshire, United Kingdom
    6/17/14
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    "phantom of the opera - wtih a masked twist"
    If you could sum up Maskerade in three words, what would they be?

    fast paced wit


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Maskerade?

    walter plinge and the old witches interations


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

    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


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no it didn't matter


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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