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A Hat Full of Sky: Discworld Book 32, (Discworld Childrens Book 3) | [Terry Pratchett]

A Hat Full of Sky: Discworld Book 32, (Discworld Childrens Book 3)

Eleven-year-old Tiffany Aching wants to be a real witch. But a real witch doesn't casually step out of her body, leaving it empty. Tiffany does, and there's something just waiting for a handy body to take over. Something ancient and horrible, which can't die.
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Eleven-year-old Tiffany Aching wants to be a real witch. But a real witch doesn't casually step out of her body, leaving it empty. Tiffany does, and there's something just waiting for a handy body to take over - something ancient and horrible, which can't die. Now Tiffany's got to learn to be a real witch quickly, with the help of arch-witch Mistress Weatherwax and the truly amazing Miss Level.

"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

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    Judy Lavington, Australia 05-15-12
    Judy Lavington, Australia 05-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Another excellent Pratchett!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Regan Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 09-06-10
    Regan Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates 09-06-10
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    "A must buy"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Miriam Lauderdale, Australia 08-27-12
    Miriam Lauderdale, Australia 08-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fantastic story with depth"
    What made the experience of listening to A Hat Full of Sky the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Hat Full of Sky?

    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.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I hated the accent he gave Miss Level. Just painful to listen to. Anna-Gramma was performed brilliantly.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Terry Pratchett always makes me laugh, and think. And think about the way I think.


    Any additional comments?

    My nearly 10 year old followed it better than my nearly 8 year old.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Muppet
    6/15/08
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    "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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Janine
    BRACKNELL, United Kingdom
    6/6/14
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    United Kingdom
    4/14/13
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    "Wonderful"

    Thoroughly enjoyed every moment. Colourful characters, witty conversations, laugh out loud fun and girl power!

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  • Fiona
    Brighton, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "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.

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  • Kat
    London, United Kingdom
    7/28/11
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Barb
    WESTON-S-MARE, SOMERSET, United Kingdom
    2/3/11
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    "Wonderfull...but aren't they all!!"

    I love this book n Tiffany is one of my faves, can't wait to get this for my MP3, bedtime story! Even us old ones love a good story......

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    MeareUnited Kingdom
    8/2/10
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    "Brilliant Book"

    This is a fantastic book, but we just prefer it when Tony Robinson reads them - he has quite a different take on the voices and he has more passion.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Susan
    Tobermory, United Kingdom
    11/1/09
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    "Hat full of sky"

    This book is great!! i love it I recomended for anyone who likes a good laugh!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Natalie
    Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear, United Kingdom
    6/15/08
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    "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!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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