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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (18,810 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Terry Pratchett Narrator: Tony Robinson Publisher: Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2007 ISBN:
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I thought: opera, how hard can it be? Songs. Pretty girls dancing. Nice scenery. Lots of people handing over cash. Got to be better than the cut-throat world of yoghurt, I thought. Now, everywhere I go, there's....

Death, to be precise. And plenty of it. In unpleasant variations. This isn't real life. This isn't even cheese mongering. It's opera - where the music matters, and where an opera house is being terrorised by a man in evening dress with a white mask, lurking in the shadows, occasionally killing people, and, most worryingly, sending little notes, writing maniacal laughter with five exclamation marks. Opera can do that to a man. In such circumstances, life has obviously reached that desperate point where the wrong thing to do has to be the right thing to do. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael Czeiszperger | 2/20/2014

    " Good, solid, satire, with lots of amusing descriptions of opera. It features my favorite witches: Granny, and Mrs. Ogg. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Adam | 2/18/2014

    " Not Pratchetts best work, but even middling Pratchett is still worth a read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 2/7/2014

    " Terry's deft parody of Phantom of the Opera -- and all things theatrical and musical -- may not be an absolute fave, but it's still an enjoyable time. I always love when Greebo has to assume his human guise, when Nanny gets into lascivious shenanigans, and when Granny gets to swan about like a duchess on undercover missions. Walter Plinge is adorable, the side character/story of Enrico Basillica (aka Henry Slugg) is a lot of fun, and Agnes (aka Perdita X. Dream) gets to shine on behalf of all larger girls with "great personalities". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 2/6/2014

    " Mid 90s Terry Pratchett novel, in which Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg get caught up the The Phantom Of the Opera, Discworld style! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jesse | 2/1/2014

    " A quite good mystery, and a silly romp through the world of opera. Not quite as satirical of its genre as was Soul Music, but really, satire wasn't the focus of this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beka | 1/28/2014

    " Any Phantom of the Opera fan should read this ^_^ "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 1/13/2014

    " A superior Phanto of the Opera Spoof, with a great twist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zachary Stewart | 1/8/2014

    " Good, very fast read. It helps to know a good bit about musical theater. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sirin | 1/5/2014

    " I have read funnier Terry Pratchett books, but this one is awesome purely because it is spot on about musical/opera production in some aspects. And it is Terry Pratchett. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lea | 12/14/2013

    " No one has ever made me want to be a crabby old witch quite like Terry Pratchett. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ruth Anne Corbett | 10/23/2013

    " Terry pratchett can write better than this! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ayesha | 10/18/2013

    " Part of the witches of discworld, but not one I've read more than once? twice? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaylol | 10/1/2013

    " It's not a good evening's entertainment...it's a great one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liriel27 | 9/15/2013

    " I want to be Granny Weatherwax when I grow up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharon Wilborn | 8/23/2013

    " Based on Phantom of the Opera and gives some fun insight into the life of living in the opera. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karo | 8/10/2013

    " I like Terry Pratchett most recent books - his characters have matured, and the books are a light and easy read. However, this one feels like one of his early books: the language is a lot less fluent and the storyis not as clean. I was a bit dissapointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caitlin | 4/4/2013

    " I do like this book, but that's mainly for the witches. Unfortunetly apart for that it wasn't amazing (you should still read it though!) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dan | 11/15/2012

    " All the Discworld books are good, but some are better than others. This is one of my favorites. It's sort of a parody of Phantom of the Opera. It features the Witches. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue | 11/7/2012

    " Enjoyed as much on re-reading as I did the first time. A 'Witches' story, featuring Agnes Nitt who wants to train as a singer. A Pratchett-like mystery story combined with a spoof of 'Phantom of the Opera'. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerr Cuhulain | 8/19/2012

    " I am a major Pratchett fan and I love this spoof of the opera. A great story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marion | 7/4/2012

    " Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg, witches extraordinaire travel from Lancre to Ankh-Morpork, ostensibly to recover author royalties from Nanny's newly published cookery book that has become wildly popular - The Joy of Snacks - but find themselves in the middle of a murder mystery at the Opera House. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annette McIntyre | 6/4/2012

    " A very interesting take on Opera and in particular "The Phantom of the Opera", done only as it is in the Discworld "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Orla | 5/22/2012

    " A cheeky, witty take on the nature of theatre and the psychological trauma it takes for "the show" to "go on". The witches return to cause mayhem and chaos only to find that chaos already rules. After all this isn't a play, "this is opera"!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alyson2 | 3/16/2012

    " I think this book is really awesome and for me it's one of the best Terry Pratchett's books. I love Agnes far more than Magrat and it was just so funny! Five stars from me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Benjamin Plume | 2/13/2012

    " This was definitely not one of my favorite Pratchett books...but I'd still say I've never read a bad one. The man has a gift for storytelling that folks often forget about because of his other gift, of humor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard | 7/26/2011

    " This novel is about two witches who travel to Ankh-Morpork where they investigate strange goings-on at the Opera House. Clearly one of Pratchett's best works, this book was funny and enjoyable. No loose ends, "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neon Snake | 6/22/2011

    " A good entry from Pratchett, but potentially requires knowledge of Phantom Of The Opera to properly appreciate. That said, always good to see the witches, and of course, Greebo. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 astried | 4/24/2011

    " It managed to made me read it in one go (hey,what's weekend for if not for that) Still I don't think it's a particularly special pratchett's book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 4/21/2011

    " Hilarious. I loved the twists on "Phantom of the Opera" "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karo | 3/23/2011

    " I like Terry Pratchett most recent books - his characters have matured, and the books are a light and easy read. However, this one feels like one of his early books: the language is a lot less fluent and the storyis not as clean. I was a bit dissapointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kellyann | 1/18/2011

    " Hilarious send-up of opera, The Phantom of the Opera, and musical theater. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kerr | 1/11/2011

    " I am a major Pratchett fan and I love this spoof of the opera. A great story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lianna | 1/9/2011

    " The witches characters are growing on me. Good mystery that I never 100% caught on to. On to the next one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zana | 1/8/2011

    " Well, I guess it was too much to expect that I would like everything Pratchett wrote. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherrye | 1/1/2011

    " An opera singer who harmonizes with herself? A Phantom? Funny? Yes! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Collin | 12/30/2010

    " Simply put, Maskerade is quite easily my favorite Discworld novel. I loved the madcap hilarity and downright craziness of the plot and character actions, and felt like Pratchett perfectly captured the insanity of the theater world he was parodying with this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rhaegar | 12/24/2010

    " I remember very little of this one, but I'll add it just for the record. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaylol | 12/9/2010

    " It's not a good evening's entertainment...it's a great one! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 12/1/2010

    " Pratchett rocks the Phantom of the Opera. Much fun had by all. Bonus points for entertaining me (OK, keeping me sane thru books on tape) during my 3+ hour snow commute home last week... "

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