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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

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

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Best TP narration of all!

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

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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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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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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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Bravissimo

A fantastic tale of ladies just doing good.

Writing of course the best, narrative brilliant.

loved it.

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Best Pratchett audios ever. Indira Varma-perfect!

The new Pratch audios are superb. This one pits the Witches vs The Opera. Some fantastic opera/musical gags. Good plot. Agnes Nitt. Cameos from the Watch and Death. The credit of 'Peter Serafin, a Witch' had me confused till I realised it was my poor hearing. Read it if you're a Pterry fan. If you're not a fan then why have you read this far? We can't be friends. Go away.

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Loved it!!

I really enjoyed the twists and turns of the plot, and the narration was brilliant. they really brought the story to life. I highly recommend this book.

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Great remaster. A wonderful re listen too.

wonderful re telling of a great story. the new voice actors are perfect for the characters

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Best narration

I love this book anyway but this is the best narration I have heard of any book. really entertaining and great characterisation.

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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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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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  • 24-05-22

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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  • Alison
  • 21-05-22

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
  • 13-05-22

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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  • Kris
  • 07-07-22

Amazing performance by Indira Varrma

Indira Varma moved the screen to a recording studio and is an amazing voice actor for this series. Each character voice is distinct with pitch perfect emotions. I've bought and loved every book she's voiced in the series. 5+ stars!
This book is one of Terry Pratchett's witches series. I don't think it's the best work in this series, but a great satire of stage performances and mashes up the novel and the musical versions of Phantom of the Opera (which really only share the overarching plot and character names). I really only bought this one because of the voice acting! Aha-ahaha!!!

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  • Adapa Genisus
  • 07-07-22

More of a good thing

Discworld stories are my favorite. I enjoy new recordings and narration may bring new fans

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  • RareReviewer
  • 02-07-22

Awesome narrator!

Especially for a witches’ tale! And of course, as a complete skewering of the world of “L’Opera,” one could ask for no better skewerer than Terry Pratchett.