Another great book from Terry Pratchett. Hear <i>The Wee Free Men</i> first, then move right on to this one. Good listening!
Tiffany has already shown she could stand against the Elf Queen. What could be worse?
Of course, herself.
I've read every other Pratchett I could find and listened to others. I've repeatedly heard Granny Weatherwax state that being a witch isn't about doing magic and that doing magic isn't the hard part - Wizards do it all the time! Still, seeing Tiffany prove that the hardest part of being a witch is NOT doing magic... priceless.
Pratchett also deals well with practical matters. From the conservation of mass: What would happen to all the leftover stuff, when you turn someone into a frog?, to more philsophical matters: If you could do anything you wanted to do, how could you stop yourself? Could you stop yourself?
And he hides it all in a story about a girl who really makes good cheese.
Steven Briggs is a genius. How could you come up with a voice for a guy like Rob Anybody? Steven knows. Again, Pratchet could have left out every description of who was speaking, at any given moment, and we would know. Steven is that good!
If you never have read or listened to ANY of Pratchett's novels, listen to this one. It touches on obligations, desires, doubts, and how to make things come out right anyway. Oh yeah, and about stepping clear of any Big Job, whose left elbow seems to be talking to his knees.
Granny Aching would be standing at the gate, with both Thunder and Lightning by her side. She would give Pratchett and Briggs her absolute seal of approval in a nod and a "That'll do."
There is no higher praise.
Too many of the Fantasy novels aimed at the younger audience is geared towards boys or adolescent fantasies of girls. This, on the other hand, is about how a young girl must be very practical - well, as practical as you can be in Discworld. Don't just listen to this for yourself - buy a copy for any young girls who love SF/F - it will be a welcome change from the run of the mill novels. (Same is true for Wee Free Men.)
Stephen Briggs brings all the characters alive with their own unique voice complementing the strong writing of Terry Pratchett. This is a audiobook worth adding to any fantasy lovers library.
After listening to The Wee Free Men, I bought a couple of Pratchett's Discworld books. While I enjoyed them, I am convinced after listening to A Hat Full of Sky that more than 50% of the reason I loved both is Steven Briggs's excellent narration. All of the voices are distinguishable through changes in pitch and accent. The Scottish brogue of Rob Anybody and his Feegles are the crowning glory. I would recommend any book narrated by Briggs.
I listen in the car while i drive. I have eclectic tastes in books and if it interests me I listen till its over.
I buy these stories to listen to on long car trips. This is a story the whole family enjoyed. Both my 6 year old daughter and my 12 year old enjoyed every bit of this story. It is so difficult to find stories the whole family can enjoy equally. Bravo !!
If you liked Wee Free Men, you will like this one too (don't under any circumstances listen to them out of order). Part of the appeal of WFM was the cleverness of the nine year old heroine. In Hat Full, she is not so clever, and the zaniness is replaced with some not so welcome existential philosophy, but the dialect is wonderful and the story actually moves right along. Robb Anybody and the rest of the MacFeagles continue to delight. It goes with out saying that hearing the book is undoubtedly better than reading it, because of the language, and the wonderful narration. (In fact I read a diskworld book and didn't like it nearly as much as the 2 or 3 that I have heard.)
Another spectacular book!!! The Nac Mac Fegals are hilarious. I found my self rewinding during the chapters that had a lot of dialog between the Fegals. I am in awe of the talent of the narrator. You will not be disappointed!!!!
Stephen Briggs is good, but he can't read Granny Weatherwax. Nigel Planer could. Stephen Briggs made a hash of reading Adorabelle Dearheart, thus rendering most of Making Money excruciatingly painful. I know he has diehard fans among Pratchett's audiophiles, but he's not as good as his PR. Still, this was a nice reading, if you can overlook the dreadful attempt at an American accent for Tiffany's teacher.
There are some really beautiful, lyrical bits in this book, as well add some great character moments and the narrator does a fine job with them. I really enjoyed it.