"Crivens! And us!"
Oh, yes. And the Nac Mac Feegle, the rowdiest, toughest, smelliest bunch of fairies ever to be thrown out of Fairyland for being drunk at two in the afternoon. They'll fight anything.
©2004 Terry and Lyn Pratchett; (P)2004 Isis Publishing Ltd
This is the second of the books about Tiffany Aching and the Wee Free Men. Although they are listed as children's books, they are definitely aimed at the older literate child who loves words. I found this, as I usually do with Pratchett, difficult to 'put down' - it contains plenty to keep the more mature adult intrigued and amused.
This is the story of Tiffany's journey off the Chalk to begin her witches' apprenticeship with Miss Level. In it she defeats a Hiver, a creature that cannot be killed. While it is possible to 'read' Pratchett's Discworld books in any order and still find them entertaining, they do build on one another, so I would recommend reading or listening to "The Wee Free Men" first, especially if you haven't read any Pratchett before. A nodding acquaintence with Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg from any of the witch-focussed books in the series would also help. "Equal Rites" would be a good place to start.
Stephen Briggs does an excellent job of reading quite complex material with a large cast of characters. He finds consistent recognisable voices for the main characters, using a range of regional accents from the UK. He clearly enjoys reading Pratchett and understands his material well.
My one problem is that Pratchett starts of with a glossary of characters and it is very difficult to flip back to this in an audiobook when you want to know who or what a particular person represents.
Great story. I love the way the best witches are grounded by doing the community nursing and social work about the place. There's a lot of real life philosophy in it all - including how we all have darker thoughts, but should behave otherwise.
I love how Rob Anybody won't let Tiffany face trouble on her own. He's a loyal friend and protector. I also liked Horace the Cheese.
I hated the accent he gave Miss Level. Just painful to listen to. Anna-Gramma was performed brilliantly.
Terry Pratchett always makes me laugh, and think. And think about the way I think.
My nearly 10 year old followed it better than my nearly 8 year old.
"Now I'm Hooked..."
I love Terry Pratchett books and love listening to a book at bedtime - so this is my perfect find! The book itself is typical pratchett, well written and good story. Have to say though still prefer the earlier books.
Stephen Briggs is good but I would have preferred Tony Robinson -he seems to bring the characters to life a bit better.
Still a good listen though - here's too many more to come!
Having not read the book prior to listening I cant say how well it translates to audio though I thought that Brigg's interpretation of the story was really good.
Despite this being a story "for children" (and being in the "Children's Discworld Series") this was thoroughly enjoyable for an adult. There were aspects of humour that are identifiably Pratchett and kept me laughing all along the way.
I've listened to Brigg's version of Theif of Time, and his style suits the Discworld series very well. He personalises the characters brilliantly.
I did enjoy listening to this and it has made me consider reading/listening to the rest of the Tiffany series. If the rest of them are as good as this, then it'll be a good decision.
"<3 everything Aching and Simon Briggs is brill."
brilliant book, brilliant adaptation. I love all the witches books, especially the Tiffany Aching ones and Steve Briggs has a wonderful way of making them come to life.
"a perfect ending"
a lovely listen to. Tiffany adventures, couldn't stop listening. highly recommended. shame it ended x
"An engaging read., bring on the MacMacfegals!"
I loved this book, although to be fair I love all the Disc world books. I thoroughly enjoyed drifting off with Tiffany and the MacMacfegals. Stephen Briggs is my favourite Disc world story narrator, he really understands the characters and the story.
"getting the next one now!"
I was sad it ended, but I'm glad there are a couple more. A great performance, with good laughs and some lovely human details.
"Probably the best Tiffany Aching story"
We get a real insight into how things could be in this world if sense quietly prevailed in all things.
Great story. Narrator sadly not quite right on some accents. Miss Level sounded badly American!
all the tiffany arching books are awesome! the reader has a perfect voice for it!
"Enjoyed by 8 year old and 41 year old alike."
Compulsive listening, enjoyed by the whole family. A lot of clever detail and also made us laugh.
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