It starts with whispers.
Then someone picks up a stone.
Finally, the fires begin.
When people turn on witches, the innocents suffer. . . .
Tiffany Aching has spent years studying with senior witches, and now she is on her own. As the witch of the Chalk, she performs the bits of witchcraft that aren't sparkly, aren't fun, don't involve any kind of wand, and that people seldom ever hear about: She does the unglamorous work of caring for the needy.
But someone - or something - is igniting fear, inculcating dark thoughts and angry murmurs against witches. Aided by her tiny blue allies, the Wee Free Men, Tiffany must find the source of this unrest and defeat the evil at its root - before it takes her life. Because if Tiffany falls, the whole Chalk falls with her.
Chilling drama combines with laugh-out-loud humor and searing insight as beloved and bestselling author Terry Pratchett tells the high-stakes story of a young witch who stands in the gap between good and evil.
©2010 Terry and Lyn Pratchett (P)2010 HarperCollins Publishers
One of my favorite.
Can one compare Pratchett to anyone? Well, I suppose Christopher Moore's "Fool" is about on par.
I have not, but I found the performance to be quite enjoyable.
Our Big Wee Hag
I wanted to listen to something funny, and witty and worth my time. This book fit the bill on all three counts. In fact, I laughed so much as I listened on my iPod that my husband kept asking me to recount lines from the book as we were driving up the Northern California coast. Now he wants to listen to it. Good choice. You can't go wrong with Pratchett, in my opinion.
Any fan of Pratchett knows that even his sloppiest work is worth the read in laughter and banter alone. Though not up to par for the previous books in the series, still an entertaining listen.
There didn't seem to be much of a story to this one, but more of a rehash of some previous plot points and a romantic resolve.
Stephen's performance was fun and engaging, not too harsh but appropriately droll.
Terry Pratchett is worth the listening time. A person could read the series and skip this book without missing anything, however.
Tiffany Aching and the Nac Mac Feegles are likely my favorite characters from the Disc World Universe. I uselessly find the plots only far but I love the characters so much that it does not matter.
Lovely, entertaining, sweet
Preston - an unexpected hero with a marvelous wit
He distinguishes well between so many different characters. Each character has his or her own unique voice, personality, song and way of being. Plus love his wonderful British accent.
The perfect ending to an intriguing story!
Long time listener. Not much time for reviews, I know what I like usually by the first chapter. So far I have only returned one book.
Forgive me for being blunt, pompous and brief, hopefully my brevity will impart far more than others with somewhat obese verbiage. I Shall Wear Midnight does not disappoint. Like other T.P. youth oriented books, adults will find this book witty, pithy, and absolutely worthy of their "uh hum" valuable time. Read through the less than 5 star reviews and you may find very wordy excuses for less than 5 stars, still they liked the book as well. You will laugh, you will muse over life's many oddities perhaps you will even shed a tear or two. While listening to this audiobook I felt a tremendous loss as not only the character passes through a life change but so does the author. At least we will always have the stories and the Author, He Shall Wear Midnight.
I really like Terry Pratchett's sense of humor and his writing is delightful - he has a wonderfully light touch, a dry wit with just the right touch of crazed hilarity, and a nicely polished syntax. I have followed the tale of Tiffany Aching, the witch of the Chalk, from the beginning (never having read one, you understand, but having listened to all the audiobooks). However, starting with great writing and a wonderfully interesting premise, what really makes this book, and what has really made the prior books, is the narration by Stephen Briggs. He is the best narrator of all time. I could listen to the 'phone book if it were narrated by Stephen Briggs, because he BECOMES the story, he doesn't just READ the story, by which I mean that I totally forget that someone is reading it to me, I just sort of live it along with the characters when he is narrating. Briggs's voice, his exquisite timing, his precise diction, and his humorous sensibility combine to make a remarkable instrument and it is a pleasure to fall into a story that he is narrating. It is really hard to quantify what makes a truly great narration, but I hate narrations where I am made aware of the narrator by "overacting", lousy accents, or weird vocal tics used to denote character. Briggs doesn't do any of that, and his characterizations are natural even when the accent is extreme ("oh, aye, Crivens!!!"), and for that, I adore him. That said, I don't think this is the best book of this series from a story perspective - topping "The Wee Free Men" might be impossible (but then, that was the first one I listened to, so it has sort of a golden glow in my memory). The plot in "I Shall Wear Midnight" was a tiny bit predictable, and for some reason seemed somewhat clunkier than the plots in the prior books, but I guess I am not as picky as some reviewers whose reviews I have read on Audible, because I liked it all the same and it was an enjoyable listen, well worth the one credit.
I like many of Terry Pratchett's novels, but the Tiffany Aching novels have gotten worse and worse as time goes on. I Can barely make it through this smug pre-teen fantasy of being smarter than absolutely everyone around you. It is worse than twilight with this "main character is special because of her special specialness and everyone around her is dull and ordinary and stupid" It is boring to read for an adult. It probably does actual damage to a teenager who is already feeling isolated from the people around her.
There is a feeling running through this story of tiding up loose ends that constantly reminds you that this series as well as others by Terry Pratchett are coming to an end. It is fully understandable under the circumstances but it does add a thread of sadness to an otherwise delightful book. If you are considering this as your first Discworld novel I would suggest you at least read/listen to the other witch novels of the series (Equal Rites is first book) first to get the many references to past events / inside jokes. Though I would highly recommend starting with the first book (The Colour of Magic) and if you like it then glide your way through all 38 books of this series.
I love clean books of all sorts. Love mysteries, fantasies epic to kids stories, fairy tales, romances, humor, and historical fiction
After some of the adult books I purchased recently on supposedly great reviews, this was a pure joy to listen to. I so love the feegles, Tiffany and the whole of her world. This book was very satisfying and so enjoyable. Tiffany is growing up and has to deal with more grown up issues, such as being taken seriously when she is only 16 years old. As always she comes thorugh with flying colors and great wisdom. I have listened to this series several times and view it as one I will listen to over and over. A book for any age person. My parents and my kids love these books. I think it wasn't maybe the best in the Tiffany series, but very satisfying just the same. The narrator couldn't be better for these books. I simply loved it.
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