"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.
Stephen Briggs does a brilliant job, and is truly one of the best audiobook narrators. As far as the book itself, hey it's a Pratchett. And that says it all.
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!
quote, not mine but in a better world Pratchett would be considered a great writer not just a prolific one.
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.
I absolutely loved the performance of A Hat Full of Sky. Terry Pratchett is inspired.
"Fewer Wee Free Men, but stuffed full of plot"
My boys (aged 6 and 8) were slightly disappointed that this entire book is not about the Nac Mac Feegle, but there was easily enough mad-cap Pictsy action to keep them going.
This book features a bit more "girl stuff" (my 6 year old's words) which sees Tiffany leaving home to go into service and learn nursing. Grumbles from the boys turned to delighted attention when this turned out to involve a ghost, a invisible ancient monster that can't be killed, turning someone into a frog and the problems that motion sickness can bring to riding a broomstick. I love Granny Weatherwax. She's definitely my idea of a witch.
The boys have asked for the next book, and are heading off to Book Week dress up day at school dressed as Nac Mac Feegle. Ah Crivens!
"The best of the Tiffany Aching books"
I listened to this with my 12 year old son and 10 year old daughter and at one point at least all three of us were in stitches at the antics of the Nac Mac Feegle.
A whole load of little blue men trying to work together to make one "big man". The knees talking to the feet talking to the head etc - priceless comic writing at its absolute best.
Isn't this the same question as the previous one? Anyway, see answer for previous question!
To tears of laughter...see above.
I wish Tony Robinson did the unabridged versions, I don't know who Stephen Briggs is but he isn't, I'm sorry to say, my favourite narrator although he was better in this book than the previous one (or is that because I like this book better?)
"Impossilbe to review. Beware the Nac Mac Feagles."
How does one review Terry Pratchett?
Although this is described as a children's book, a good deal of the humour is Terry P's signature off-the-wall-belly-laugh-till-you-cry humour.
It seems somehow redundant to describe the plot. All you really need to know is it includes Granny Weatherwax, Tiffany Aching and Nac Mac Feagles. No more need be said!! Some of TP's best characters ever.
Thoroughly enjoyed every moment. Colourful characters, witty conversations, laugh out loud fun and girl power!
"Fab story audio quality mixed"
This a great story - aimed at younger readers but still witty enough for adults. Narration is great but the audio quality is mixed - I had to adjust the volume often. This follows on from the wee free men so the adventure of Tiffany aching continues. There is the usual magic and mayhem, weird old witches, and interesting observations on teenage girls. This is one I can listen to multiple times.
"Classic Pratchett beautifully read"
While Stephen Briggs's pseudo-American accent for Miss Level is grating, to say the least, and he has a bit of trouble with the Scots McFeegles, his Pratchett is the definitive. Each character is beautifully presented, every bit of humour eked out with subtlety and elegance. Moreover, this is a top Pratchett story - a great one for children to get into, and equally entertaining for the adults who'll have to listen to it on rotation.
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