The author wrote a really great children's story, then ruined it with Atheistic rantings and insistences.
Mr Pratchett doth protest too much, methinks.
Having listened to every Terry Pratchett novel on Audible this is one of my favourites. Whimsical with a dose of moral medicine as usual, this is certainly an adult listen.. actually I would imagine a small child being disturbed by some of the content and imagery.
I would have given it 5, however the story becomes muddy and loses its thread around two thirds of the way in. However it recovers towards the end, with thank goodness a British kind of ending rather than American. You'll understand what I mean...
One wish is that Nigel Planar was still reading.. no one can ever replace him!
Very much NOT your "Blue Lagoon" saga. The characters and the "rights of passage" experienced by them are full, deep, rich and sophisticated. These guys rocked my world on the way to work and home daily and I went out to find more Terry Pratchett. I have come to believe his humor comes through better in audio with the right narrator, of course. The lead female character is a fine role model for young kids. I believe this is supposed to be a young adult novel but it has plenty of appeal to a broader audience as well, particularly considering Pratchett's humor - I think it ought to be included on school reading lists as required reading - beats a Clockwork Orange which I still don't think I get!!!
Although I likely would not have purchased the book if I had known is was in the Audible-Kids section, I enjoyed listening to the story.
Terry Pratchett's writing style is not my thing. Seems too light and has one dimensional characters. Maybe meant for one with less age.
I listen to books when I'm at work or doing chores. I prefer history and fantasy. My favorite audio book is Going Postal by Terry Pratchett.
This is an excellent book. I've actually read it before I just got the audio book so I could listen at work. There is one brief moment in the file for MP3 player where for some reason part of later narrative is stuck in between some dialogue. There's another version of this audio book available that's a few seconds shorter. Maybe they fixed it.
I chose to listen to this book for a Young Adult Literature class in my program of study. As an avid audiobook fan, I've found there are just some books that I might have enjoyed more by reading, and this is one. I had to keep rewinding and listening to parts over and over. Things got very confusing at times. And our herione seemed to catch on a bit too quickly. I am not familiar with Mr. Pratchett's work, so that may have been a factor. However, the last chapter was interesting, as well as the author's end note. Like another reviewer stated, I might enjoy this more if I give it another go. Meanwhile, forever burned in my head is the narrator's voice: "DOES. NOT. HAPPEN."