"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.
"Such a lovely listen"
I love the Tiffany books. Granny Wheathervax and some truly interesting new characters. Terry Prattchet and one of his nice narrators make for a easy but good listen.
"A must read for all 8 year olds"
The story has lots of twists and turns and introduces new and interesting characters to the madness that is Pratchett's world (and cameos some old favourites). 'Crivens' is a new family phrase.
The book was pure fantasy at its best.
We loved it all.
The story flowed beautifully, we didn't want it to end.
This book was brilliant, my 8 year old son and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the story. No trouble getting him to go to bed when he was told he was going to listen to another chapter...
the best of his work in my opinion
I can't see why this series is considered for kid's it is fine for kids and adults
One of my favourite books. I felt like I lived it with Tiffany Aching. Awesome!
"Fantastic children and adults story."
Great fun story full of comedy. I just with the same narrator would do the full unabridged version.
"What is important is People, not things"
A book full of insight and wisdom. Laugh out loud and deeply melancholy. Imagination and imagery and cleverness and common sense, loyalty and honesty and the everyday made magical. Thoroughly recommended for the young, the young at heart, and the old, and the old before their time. Optimistic, but there are Consequences too. And apart from all that, there are the Nac Mac Feegles. What's not to love?
quote, not mine but in a better world Pratchett would be considered a great writer not just a prolific one.
I absolutely loved the performance of A Hat Full of Sky. Terry Pratchett is inspired.
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