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Maskerade Audiobook

Maskerade: Discworld, Book 18

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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).

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©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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    Michael Chatham, United Kingdom 18/02/2009
    Michael Chatham, United Kingdom 18/02/2009 Member Since 2016
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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
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    nicole 26/08/2013
    nicole 26/08/2013

    "I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library." — Jorge Luis Borges

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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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Coventry, United Kingdom 03/01/2011
    Mary Coventry, United Kingdom 03/01/2011
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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
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    Amazon Customer 05/04/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Loved it"

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

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    Amazon Customer 28/03/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "wonderful"

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

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    Sara 10/02/2017
    Sara 10/02/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "excellent funny enjoy!"

    Funniest witches story so far. I missed Lords and Ladies. Full of Terry one liners and I love Grebo! If you like opera you enjoy it and if you don't like opera you will enjoy it too. Nigel Planer is so good for all the voices. You will notice that it it's an old recording so sound is not perfect.

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    jpp 20/08/2016
    jpp 20/08/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Maskerade"

    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.

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    effraxofwhug 08/07/2016
    effraxofwhug 08/07/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Sheer magic"

    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.

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    Amazon Customer Nottingham, United Kingdom 25/06/2016
    Amazon Customer Nottingham, United Kingdom 25/06/2016 Member Since 2016

    Life is a mystical journey. JK (1996)

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    "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.

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    mollyeyre 31/12/2015
    mollyeyre 31/12/2015
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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. :-)

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  • IrekKsiazek
    13/01/17
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    "Great, just great"

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Opspin
    København Ø, Denmark
    20/07/15
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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
    26/05/15
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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!!

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  • Derek
    Pretoria, South Africa
    06/08/12
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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
  • Gil
    22/07/14
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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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