Series: Discworld #38
on April 04, 2003
Narrator: NIgel Planner
Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
Genres: Fantasy, Satire
The show must go on, as murder, music and mayhem run riot on the night...
The Opera House, Ankh-Morpork...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 murders you really hum...)
Although this is a Discworld novel there are a lot of new characters in here. We get to see Agnus again (Perdeeta X. Nit) and a few others but the favorites are in this too! Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, Greebo, Colon, Nobby Nobbs, and the Librarian! Sadly they are just side characters in this.
The real character is the Ghost! Finding out what and/or who he is is what this is all about. And the entire time Agnus refuses to admit that she wants to be a witch. She’s a gal doing her own thing!
Of course being a Terry Pratchett fan, I absolutely love, love, love this! I have to say, I think Greebo is one of my all time favorite characters. But I am an animal lover. He is just sooo cute! And the fact that when he is in human form he’s devilishly handsome is just awesome! And he forgets that he’s supposed to be a human and drinks milk and eats fish… he’s just fabulous!
The entire plot of this was great. I actually didn’t figure out the ghost until about half way through. There are many hints that I didn’t notice the first go around but listening to it a second time I was able to pick up on them. Even so the plot pacing is great and the humor in this is totally Terry Pratchett. There’s just nothing better!
Regarded as one of the most significant contemporary English-language satirists, Pratchett has won numerous literary awards, was named an Officer of the British Empire “for services to literature” in 1998, and has received four honorary doctorates from the Universities of Warwick, Portsmouth, Bath, and Bristol. His acclaimed novels have sold more than 45 million copies (give or take a few) and have been translated into 33 languages.
In Dec. of 2007, Pratchett admitted to being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. On 18 Feb, 2009, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
He was awarded the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award in 2010.