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Publisher's Summary

Brought to you by Penguin.

The audiobook of Maskerade is narrated by Indira Varma (Game of Thrones; Luther; This Way Up). BAFTA and Golden Globe award-winning actor Bill Nighy (Love Actually; Pirates of the Caribbean; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) reads the footnotes, and Peter Serafinowicz (Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace; Shaun of the Dead) stars as the voice of Death. Featuring a new theme tune composed by James Hannigan.

'There's a kind of magic in masks. Masks conceal one face, but they reveal another. The one that only comes out in darkness....'

The Opera House in Ankh-Morpork is home to music, theatrics and a harmless masked Ghost who lurks behind the scenes. But now a set of mysterious backstage murders may just stop the show.

Agnes Nitt has left her rural home of Lancre in the hopes of launching a successful singing career in the big city. The only problem is, she doesn't quite look the part. And there are two witches who would much rather she return home to join their coven.

Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg have travelled to Ankh-Morpork to convince Agnes that life as a witch is much better than one on the stage. Only now they're caught up in a murder mystery featuring masks and maniacal laughter.

And the show MUST go on....

Maskerade is the fifth book in the Witches series, but you can listen to the Discworld novels in any order.

The first book in the Discworld series – The Colour of Magic – was published in 1983. Some elements of the Discworld universe may reflect this.

©1995 Terry and Lyn Pratchett (P)2022 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Funny, delightfully inventive, and refuses to lie down in its genre." (Observer

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  • 04-06-2022

Fantastic - thank you Indira

This book is hilarious - i just love Nanny Ogg - and Indira Varma’s performance is brilliant.

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  • 26-05-2022

Glad to see it back!

I listened to the older versions of these a lot, and I love the old ones but the transfers were awful. This new one is nice, I am digging it a lot. Varma has a good grasp on the characters and a good feel for the material, her reading is excellent and treats the material like it is... a grown up book for grown up people rather than the previous reader who while I liked them well enough, was a bit more... kids storybook about it. Bill Nighy as the footnotes is fun, and it is nice having them be separated in a meaningful way. Peter Seravinowicz has always been a favorite of mine through a number of things and his Death is not only pretty great but I am comfortable saying probably the sexiest bedroom voice reading of Death in anything ever. Prachett's prose is amazing as always, if you dig the books or fun you are in for a treat with this.

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  • Alison
  • 21-05-2022

totally recommend it

superb... the narrator is brilliant. I love Terry Pratchett's humour... it's brought to life in all its dramatic chaos... I love the witches... so well done.

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  • Katrine Maples
  • 13-05-2022

An Old Favorite Invigorated With A New Performance

Don't get me wrong, I absolutely adore the old Discworld narrators. But it's rather nice to not be distracted by a voice that doesn't fit with who the in-story narrators ARE. Also nice to be able to find a FULL edition, as opposed to the abridged one Audible had for so long.

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  • Victoria
  • 24-05-2022

the original recording was better

I was looking forward to this new stereo recording, but I was disappointed in it. It's not nearly as good as the original, even if the original was done in mono.

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  • mark brady
  • 25-06-2022

I already have most of Terrys audiobooks

I've started buying the penguin audiobooks as they give a different spin on them and it is well worth it, they feel like a different story with a well acted presentation

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  • 19-06-2022

Best TP narration of all!

enjoy from first to last word. loved the narrator! she should do all of them.

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  • MuffyH
  • 15-06-2022

Well worth the updated narration

The new narrations are fantastic - Indra's performances are the best I've heard of any adaptation. Perfectly matched to this story, which is, as with nearly all Pratchett, a chaotic yet casually insightful delight.

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  • Cara Bull
  • 10-06-2022

A new spin on a favoured tale

I have loved Maskerade since my first reading and Indira Varma performs it superbly, with the extra actor for Death adding a special something. Her grasp of the character voices is glorious.

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  • 02-06-2022

one if the best vocal performances I've heard

I know and love Pratchetts witches. I have a very clear idea of what they sound like and Varma nails it. there are a lot of audio books that just don't quite hit the mark but this one rocks

if you're new to the witches then please listen to them in order, the characters build but this novel stands alone and so does Indira Varma.

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  • Will
  • 27-05-2022

A Great Book Brought To It’s Fullest Potential

Indira Varma makes the Witches the most interesting characters in the Discworld. Her command of voice and comedic timing really make Maskerade the best that it can be.

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  • polly
  • 20-05-2022

Wonderful update

Loving these new recordings of such brilliant stories. The narration is perfect and the additional voices works so well. Nothing to complain about - can’t wait for the rest of the Discworld releases!

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  • Dan caselton
  • 15-05-2022

Brilliant

Brilliant performance love listening to discworld and this new recording is fantastic I always felt some of the older discworld recordings needed updating and penguin has done Terry proud in my view really enjoyed listening and can't wait for the rest to be done.

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  • WeatherEAFWS
  • 12-05-2022

Perfect!

This is my favourite pratchett and this reading couldn’t have done it more justice! It is inherently in keeping with the Discworld and the way pratchetts footnotes are presented is brilliant!

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  • Miss
  • 04-05-2022

Delightful

Perhaps not a popular choice, but this is one of my favourite Pratchett's (probably because I love opera).

The previous version irritated me so much because Agnes, who is supposed to be highly intelligent, was voiced as though she was an idiot, and no effort was made with Christine. Indira's Christine is delightful, and Agnes much more appropriately voiced.

It's not perfect on all fronts, but it's a very enjoyable listen and I'm glad to have it in my library.

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