healing from retina surgery has afforded me the chance to become a lover of recorded books....and my favorite has been "the wee free men"....this book is fun, funny and filled with bits of wisdom that are scattered liberally through it like flint in chalk....
i had listened to "monstrous regiment" and enjoyed it, but i liked this book much better.....and the narration is amazing....what a challenge to find voices for so many characters....a challenge well met....
so if you like stories for the child in you....if you like colorful imagination, good-hearted humor and down-to-earth wisdom, you might very well love this book.....or not....one never knows.....
If you have a car full of kids on your way to anything, or you're just an adult with time on your hands, you will find yourself looking for short blue guys that can get into or out of anything, except pubs. Oh, aye. We have a wee bit of a problem gettin' out o' them. They'll get into your heed, along with Tiffany, her brother, and the whole philosphy of witches, elves, and The Chalk.
Pratchett is a marvel. He disguises morality as a child's story. A witch has to speak and do for those as can't. OK. That's not a quote, directly, but it's close. A witch's job is mostly being there, to answer, when no one else can do the job. He disguises philosophy so well, that it's perfectly clear what he means!
I also must commend the reader. He could leave out all of the he said, Tiffany replied, Granny Weatherwax grunted, whatever. I hear 'em and I see 'em, even now that the book's finished. I cannot recommend it enough.
I thought this would be another Disc World novel, but it's more like a fairy tale for modern children (of all ages). It takes place in a timeless, nationless place called The Chalk where children pay itinerant teachers with apples and eggs for a lesson or two when they have the time. Pratchett draws on traditional fairy tales and folklore for this story, which nonetheless is fresh and funny. It has all the fey looniness of the Disc World stories, and the reader does a very funny Scotts brogue for the Mac Nac Feegles. I wish I had a nine-year-old with a goofy sense of humor to share this with.
My entire family participates when we listen to this book. Every time I revisit this work, Pratchett's writing makes me think, laugh, and sometimes cry a little. Well, at least tear up and sniffle, and FEEL something rich and real, and that experience is certainly worth the precious little time I have to indulge in a world full of literature. When I need to move from an emotional low, Pratchett is often good medicine.
I listen to many audiobooks and review the ones I find most notable.
When I first listened to this, I didn't even know it was part of the 'discworld childrens' series. It is definitely appropriate for young adults, but was thoroughly and completely enjoyed by my 30 something self. This book is both funny and intelligent. The humor is often wry and understated. Very Terry Pratchett. At the same time, the story provides lessons and insights into human nature in a way that is not heavy handed. I can't stress my enjoyment of this book and the entire series enough. The title of this book is Wee Free Men (and they are fantabulous characters), but the book/series really centers on Tiffany Aching. You will want to get all the other books in the series. They are all amazing and entertaining.
This narrator is amazing. He blends so seamlessly that it is easy to lose yourself in the story. His accents and delivery are perfect.
Despite my glowing reviews, I'm really not a solid Pratchett devotee. Some of his books I've even abandoned (!) or, rather, put aside. But I love the characters in The Wee Free Men. I especially love young, forthright Tiffany Aching, and her wonderful memories of her grandmother. To have a very young female character who's given such a solid sense of purpose, honesty and unapologetic self-knowledge is refreshing.
“Yes! I'm me! I am careful and logical and I look up things I don't understand! When I hear people use the wrong words, I get edgy! I am good with cheese. I read books fast! I think! And I always have a piece of string! That's the kind of person I am!”
I've listened to this book so many times when I've had a long day, and I swear Tiffany's pluck and backbone has the power to reinforce me somehow.
Tiffany talking to the witch-finder, Miss Tick, about becoming a witch. Their thorny repartee builds both of their characters in just a few pages.
He's got some great material to work with, and really uses takes the opportunity to make these characters stand out. Tiffany has a stubborn voice, she is very intelligent but is still an untaught country girl, and Briggs lands that. His varied voices for the (several) Feegles are distinct and hilarious, and although the baby brother, Wentworth, has few lines, Briggs' delivery makes him shine. I think he really knows these characters.
I suppose my recent statement about this book somehow reinforcing my own backbone is extreme? As for laughs - it makes me smile quite a lot.
“Ach, noo yer talkin’ oour language,” said Rob Anybody.
“Not…quite,” said Tiffany.”
I never want to see a movie they'll try to make out of this. Ever.
Delightful, would love to share with my kids one day. Can't wait to start the next one!
If only I could meet the Wee Free Men! Another excellent humorous fantasy by Sir Terry Pratchett. I look forward to the practical magic of Tiffany Aching in the sequels. Cribbins!
thought it was something my 13 year old niece would like. she had trouble with the Scottish accent but I thought it was a good read I'm going to try and get her to listen to the audio book and see if she gets interested in the series.