Narrated By: Nigel Planer
Duration: 8 hours and 45 minutes
What to expect
'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 everwhere I go there's...'
Death, to be precise. And plenty of it. In unpleasant variations. This isn't real life. This isn't even cheesemongering. 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...
Fantasy, Modern & contemporary fiction, Comic (humorous) fantasy, Epic fantasy / heroic fantasy, Contemporary fantasy, Humorous fiction, Satirical fiction & parodies, Adventure fiction
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