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).
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"Cracking dialogue, compelling illogic, and unchained whimsy....Pratchett has a subject and a style that is very much his own." (Sunday Times)
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.
Another highly amusing and entertaining Discworld tale involving operatic antics, Granny Weather wax, Nanny Ogg and a ghost.
Nigel Planer makes it thoroughly enjoyable
"This book flies"
This is thoroughly enjoyable and time will fly by when you're listening.
Performance is wonderful, and the story is awesome!
"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!!
"Classic Terry Pratchett"
Funny, Clever, Entertaining
I typically have enjoyed Nigel Planers reading of the Discworld novels, this performance does not disappoint!
Laughed allowed on many occasions!
"Maskerade doesnt hit the high notes"
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!
How Agnes ( Perdita) Nitt went to Ankh Morpork to be It's an opera singer and, with the help of Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg discovered that she'd rather be a Witch back in Lancre.
Glorious theatrical farce. Nigel Planer reads with relish. Granny and Nanny are once more at their no-nonsense magical best. Especially hysterical if you've any connection to the weird and wonderful world of opera.
"Time for getting hurt is not always convenient... So it just has to wait"
A magical visit to the opera house. Sometimes we all wear masks and sometimes the masks wear us.
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. :-)
"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!
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