That's where Maurice comes in. But he's only a cat (though one that talks), so although he has the ideas, he needs rats and someone to play the pipe. Who better than the kid to play the pipe? And Dangerous Beans. And Peaches. And Hamnpork (who doesn't really like what's been happening since The Change; all a rat leader really needs is to be big and stroppy, thinking is just not his thing). And Darktan. And Sardines. And all the others in the Clan.
Then they arrive in Bad Blintz, which is suffering from a plague of rats, and find there are NO rats anywhere (though the two resident rat catchers seem to have plenty of tails to show, at 50 pence per tail).
Someone else has had ideas, and Maurice is not pleased.
©2001 Terry and Lyn Pratchett; (P)2001 Isis Publishing Ltd
I love reading and listening to books, especially fantasy, science fiction, children's, historical, and classics.
This was an enjoyable novel, a pleasure to listen to. As a Pratchett novel, it is very funny, with just the right amount of thoughtful and disturbing bits, as it plays with genre clich??s and expectations and wittily blurs the differences between "story" and "reality."
Maurice is an amazing cat: self-centered, cocky, scheming, sarcastic, possessed of a good conscience???and sentient. The various rats in "the Clan" are neat, too, Dangerous Beans (the physically weak seer and spiritual leader), Peaches (the irritatingly ethical conscience), Darktan (the experienced and brave trap removal squad leader), Sardines (the entertainer), and so on. The rats' coming to terms with becoming sentient is vividly, humorously, and often poignantly depicted. The animals' stupid looking boy, Keith, has some surprises inside him. The far too imaginative, budding grim fairy tale authoress the Mayor's daughter, Malicia, is an appealing character. And the "evil" villain has a convincing and sad origin. The violent, scheming, arrogant, callous, and cruel side of human nature is tellingly exposed, too. And there are countless guffaw, chuckle, or smile points sprinkled throughout the story.
And Stephen Briggs does a marvelous job reading all the voices of the various characters, giving each one its own accent or pitch or personality and injecting plenty of wit into the already witty novel.
"Dammed good listen. Want to smile? Get this."
All the bits between the opening line to "The end"And I've read the book several times previously. This audio book is the reason why I'll be subscribing to this site. Fantastic.
So many but "Spoiler"When Maurice saves one of the rats. (Can't say any more than that) I actually had a tear in my eye.
This book was guilty of embarrassing me several days in a row. I listened to the book on my mile walk into work every day for a few days. I can't count the amount of times I burst out laughing in the middle of the road, or at a junction. People must have thought I was mad.
Very well read, but Why the different accents for the rats? Surely if they were all from the same place they'd all have the same accent? This is only a minor point and I realise it was done to differentiate between the characters.
I haven't read this one for ages, and really enjoyed it on re-reading. Terry Pratchett understands all the nuances of character traits and uses his understanding to build a fantastic cast.
A take on the pied piper of Hamlyn very wittily done with a superb outcome.
I love the common sense Mr Pratchett always shows. My golly he will be SO sorely missed.
I think Stephen Briggs is my favourite for TP novels, though I do like Tony Robinson - who only seems to read the abridged versions.
"No child's book"
As been said, Briggs is on his voice's limit. I felt the same at the last Tiffany novel. (Anyway I prefer Planer.)
The story makes one feel uneasy and it is much to cruel for a child's book.
Cats have personality and are not just pure instinct.
All animals can speak but one has to learn to listen!
"great book for kids and adults alike"
fantastically written story full of life lessons presented in a ways that children will understand there is something in there for adults also.It's very nuanced so it works on both levels
I was never sure about reading this one as I have loved every discworld book, and worshipped the genius of sir Terry.
But I have to say it was a great listen.
Steven Briggs as always brings the book to life with his unique style.
The writing is dark, twisting, and a laugh out loud.
I have found discworld to be a bit rambling in parts but this book sticks to the story and is well worth the time.
"The narration spoiled this for me"
Read the book to my eldest two and then bought this for a car journey with my daughter - the story is excellent, but i really didn't like the accents used by Briggs for Maurice et al. I recommend reading this not listening to it
"Is Dark Tan the Sir Samuel Vimes of the rat world?"
Sounds like him when Stephen Briggs narrates. In fact the whole city watch is in there somewhere. Enjoyable stuff just the same.
"Terry Pratchett's The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents"
The story of a boy and a cat and some rats that can talk. How, with the aid of a girl who's crazy about stories, they triumph over greed and prejudice to bring peace and justice to a town.
Terry Pratchett does it again with a great story full of fun, laughter and interesting twists and turns. I love the narration of Tony Robinson who gives life to all of the characters. all in all, a great listen.
Terry Pratchett, brilliant as always. My 7 and 9 yr old were captivated from beginning to end. The narrator's Michael Caine impersonation was perfect for Dangerous Beans. Would recommend this.
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