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Publisher's Summary

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.

Critic Reviews

"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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Great, just great

Great blok and wonderful performance. Wonderful story full of great bon mot, and narrative ideał.

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  • Opspin
  • København Ø, Denmark
  • 07-20-15

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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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!!

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  • Derek
  • Pretoria, South Africa
  • 08-06-12

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!

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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.

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  • Michael
  • 02-18-09

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!!

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  • nicole
  • 08-26-13

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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Annie
  • 01-03-11

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!

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  • Nina
  • 05-21-17

Nigel Planer gives a remarkable performance.

Sir Terry Pratchett's imagination and flawless writing go beyond any rating one could give to "Maskerade". I think it has just became my favourite book in the series! The author's eclectic take on things is left to run riot, creating a sprawling patchwork of humor. If you're someone who likes Pratchett's brand of fun, I promise you, your tummy will ache from laughing by the end.

This book is fast paced and gives you an impression that you're a part of a humorous mystery adventure.
It features new characters and welcomes some old 'Discworld' friends, among them the Witches, whom on their quest to search the justice, accompanied by Greebo - the cat(?!), cause endless mischief. You would not like to stand on their way - but I shall say no more so as not to spoil the story.

Nigel Planer's narration is remarkable and I cannot find the right worlds to complement it enough. I'm under the impression that he really enjoyed and loved performing this book, he is that good. It is hard to believe that one person can give so many characters a unique voice. A truly outstanding performance.

All I can say is 'thank you" for this wonderful audiobook and that the discworld "show must go on".

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  • Steph H
  • 12-03-17

very enjoyable listening

love this series. moving on to the next one now. great writing fun to read

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  • ktcux
  • 10-13-17

stonking read from Nigel planer

engaging from the beginning all Pratchett's fans should enjoy how well Nigel brings the characters to life. Granny weather and nanny ogg were spot on in my head. worth every penny!

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  • Andrew J.
  • 06-02-17

Fantastic story

I have to say I'm a huge Pratchett fan and this book didn't disappoint. The only complaint is the quality of the recording wasn't as good as normal. Still listenable but a bit like listening to it on a MW radio.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-05-17

Loved it

Terry Pratchett is awesome as usual, and Nigel Planer does great work with the voices.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-28-17

wonderful

love terry pratchett, the witches are wonderful, nigel planer is a great reader, does the voices perfectly

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-16-17

Read and re-read the book so many times!

So glad to be able to enjoy it on the go now. An easy entry into the discworld cannon although there are books that develop the witches characters before this.

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  • Hywel
  • 10-24-17

best reader

Nigel Planer is a gift to the listeners ear. 10/10 would recommend. Pratchett is not half bad either

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  • Melinda - YarnderWoman
  • 08-25-16

A very fun take on Phantom of the Opera

Having just finished reading "Phantom of the Opera", it was very fun to dip into this homage / reference to it. I think it would be enjoyable even if you didn't know the Phantom story, but it brings much more meaning and humour if you do.

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  • Jason Remnant
  • 06-29-16

Great! <br />

Loved it, so amazing, my favourite out of all.
Just loved it so much. Amazing!

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  • dave
  • 05-15-16

Maskerade

Another highly amusing and entertaining Discworld tale involving operatic antics, Granny Weather wax, Nanny Ogg and a ghost.
Nigel Planer makes it thoroughly enjoyable

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  • Annette
  • 06-16-15

Maskerade

One of my favourite Terry Pratchett books ready beautifully. No over the top voices, wonderful listening