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Maskerade

Narrated by: Nigel Planer
Series: Discworld: Witches, Book 5, Discworld, Book 18
Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
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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.

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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)

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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.

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  • Michael
  • Chatham, United Kingdom
  • 18-02-09

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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  • Annie
  • United Kingdom
  • 03-01-11

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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  • DL
  • 16-08-18

Great story but...

I do love this story and the reading is ok. Nigel Planers voices are a bit 'Neil' like but you get used to it. I great.y enjoy listening to this, i have listened to it many times. I just wish Sir TP would have just stopped mentioning every few sentences that Agnes is fat.. we know she is, it just irks me that he felt the need to go on and on about it.

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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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  • EC W
  • Hove, United Kingdom
  • 08-11-19

Phantom of the Opera meets the Diskworld

This was a great buy - myself and the two boys (aged 11 and 13) thought this was genuinely funny. There were some cultural references that the kids totally missed ("Joy of Snacks"??) but it didn't detract from the overall humour of the writing. I'll explain that one to them when they are a bit older.

My only gripe is that this is a slightly older recording and therefore a bit muffled. Had to turn the car stereo up & it got a bit hissy. No excuses for that in the digital remastering age Audible!

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Terry pratchett at his best

love the disk world, love the witches then you will most definitely love this book

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Love this story. Makes me laugh out loud every tim

I love this story. it makes me laugh out loud every time I listen to it. The way Sir Terry writes about the witches and their interaction with each other and others is pure brilliance and the story is one that most people will recognise, with some uinique and hilarious twists. Nigel Planner brings all the characters to life in his narration and I have listened to this audio book several times, and will listen to it again.

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brilliant

Couldn't stop listening. Brilliantly gripping. very well read. Looking forward to next one in the series.

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A worthy narrator

As a fan of Pratchett's work the quality of the story cannot be in question but Nigel's characterisations are brilliant and add to the overall enjoyment.

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  • Naist
  • 08-07-19

Awesome, just awesome

Well, the narration is perhaps not absolutely perfect, but it's not far off. A bit better quality would not have gone amiss.
But, the book, oh the book, it was awesome. I've been relistening to this part of the Disworld series (incl. Tiffany Aching), and I can't help loving every bit of it.

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  • Stef
  • 25-11-18

Operettic

Pratchett has written a theatrical work performed brilliantly by Planer. Perfect amount of mischief and cheek to make the story a lot of fun.

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  • gosia101
  • 23-12-17

Wonderful!!!

I loved it from beginning to end. Nigel Planner is at his very best reading Maskerade, and the story had me laughing and dying for more with every chapter. I listened to it again right after I finished it the first time.

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  • IrekKsiazek
  • 13-01-17

Great, just great

Great book and wonderful performance. Wonderful story full of great bon mot, and narrative ideal.

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  • Opspin
  • 20-07-15

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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  • Kristin Stolpestad
  • 26-05-15

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
  • 06-08-12

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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  • Gil
  • 22-07-14

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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