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The Wee Free Men | [Terry Pratchett]

The Wee Free Men

Up on the chalk downs they call The Wold, witches are banned - ever since the Baron's son vanished in the woods. Anyway, as all witches know, chalk's no good for magic. Nine-year-old Tiffany Aching thinks her Granny Aching - a wise shepherd
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Up on the chalk downs they call The Wold, witches are banned - ever since the Baron's son vanished in the woods. Anyway, as all witches know, chalk's no good for magic.

Nine-year-old Tiffany Aching thinks her Granny Aching - a wise shepherd - might have been a witch, but now Granny Aching is dead, and it's up to Tiffany to work it all out when strange things begin happening: a fairy-tale monster in the stream, a headless horseman, and, strangest of all, the tiny blue men in kilts, the Wee Free Men, who have come looking for the new 'hag'. These are the Nac Mac Feegles, the pictsies, who like nothing better than thievin', fightin' and drinkin'.

Then Tiffany's young brother goes missing and Tiffany and the Wee Free Men must join forces to save him from the Queen of the Fairies.

©2003 Terry and Lyn Pratchett (P)2003 Random House Audio

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    Hazel Corrimal, Australia 12-19-12
    Hazel Corrimal, Australia 12-19-12
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    "Wonderful entertainment for bright pre-teens"

    This was a great pick for a bookish 11-year-old who is a big Monty Python and Douglas Adams fan. It gets the big thumbs-up from me (his mother), too.

    Characteristically Terry Pratchett--funny and sharp, and deceptively wise and touching in parts. Tiffany, who is 9 when this starts, is a terrific girl character: brave, resourceful and the hero of the piece. The Wee Free Men are hilarious; just part of the charm of Stephen Briggs' excellent narration.

    You do have to be on your game: the Men, aka Nac Mac Feegles aka pictsies, have thick Scottish accents. And Pratchett trusts his readers to keep up, rather than spoon-feeding them. For me, that makes it all the more enjoyable.

    I chose this hoping it would work for my 9-y-o daughter as well. She enjoyed the first few hours, but did lose interest a little, perhaps due to listening in interrupted sessions rather than on a long car journey. But the 11-y-o just loved it, and is still quoting from it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sidsel Aarhus N, Denmark 08-31-12
    Sidsel Aarhus N, Denmark 08-31-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Loved the accents"

    Very very enjoyable. I laughed out loud a number of time. The Wee Free Men are really funny and have made all English into Scottish in my head today. I can strongly recommend the audiobook. Stephen Briggs has done a great job with this one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bronwyn 09-04-13
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    "Loved It!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Wee Free Men the most enjoyable?

    Really funny story, which in my opinion is his funniest!


    What about Stephen Briggs’s performance did you like?

    This performance did the story justice!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ava Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada 05-28-12
    Ava Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada 05-28-12
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    "Wee Free Men"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Wee Free Men to be better than the print version?

    Rarely do I enjoy listening to performances of a material more than actually reading the book. This was one case. The narrator was amazing, hilarious, and engaging.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Quirky fun story, as most Pratchett novels are. I laughed out loud in quite a few places. Well worth the read, especially for any Pratchett fan.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 02-18-12
    Jacobus Johannesburg, South Africa 02-18-12 Member Since 2013

    When I drive, I read... uhm listen. I like SciFi, Fantasy, some Detective and Espionage novels and Religion. Now and then I will also listen to something else.

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    "The Wee Free Men makes the book"
    If you could sum up The Wee Free Men in three words, what would they be?

    Nasty, naughty and nice


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Its difficult to say. I think the


    Have you listened to any of Stephen Briggs???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    His Discworld performances are very much the same - excellent. I don't think you can add much to his performance. He is a good narrator that bring the text alive as if the Nag Mac Feegle might just crawl out of your ears.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Big surprises come in small packages... except for cats


    Any additional comments?

    Its worthwhile to listen to, but definitely one of the Discworld novels that are not so much of a page turner. The humour is sharp, but maybe one can say same old same old, nothing much to think over... maybe that is what makes it a children's book, but I don't think children is so stupid.

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    Coral Mississauga, ON, Canada 01-02-13
    Coral Mississauga, ON, Canada 01-02-13 Member Since 2008

    I hold a BA in History from York University of Toronto; a 3yr Diploma in Computer Networking from Sheridan College in Oakville Ontario. I have been "reading" audio books sinces the late 80s and a member of Audible back to 2004. What a really like is a good long story preferable over 30 hours. :)

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    "In the hinds and the highland of Scotland"

    Wee Free men is set in the discword but is start of Pratcett's childern books which in someways are a little bit different take on the witches then in Equal Rites. In many ways this book works on Pratcett view of books for Childern : If they don't know it too hard then it might not be and a hint of blood is only offence to the people reading the story to the children.

    Actually this is a very clean story and rather more true to English Folklore about Pixies and Elves then some of the more sugaring stuff pressed out.

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    Listens-a-lot 05-04-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Great Book, Could use a bit more editing!"

    I buy these books for my 12 year old, and am happy to have an excuse to listen to YA stories, which I secretly really enjoy. Pratchett was recommended to me, and I very much enjoyed this first book in this series. The books are funny, the characters engaging and the narration is great. There is nothing in them to worry a parent and my daughter gives it a two thumbs-up rating - "wonderful, loved-it."

    I did, however, find myself wondering what happened to the editor. There were mouth noises throughout this recording, which is why I docked this book one star in the overall rating. As an audiobook publisher myself, this was actually somewhat of a relief (so good to know that we all make mistakes sort of thing), and really, while it was a bit distracting, it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book. And I do note that the second book is absolutely clean - I'm half way through and not one lip smack.

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  • Richard
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    5/20/11
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    "Well worth a listen"

    Great plot, links well with favourites from the main Discword novels, all ages should enjoy. The narration by Stephen Briggs is excellent, looking forward to the sequels.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Karen
    London, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Great fun - and wise too"

    I discovered the Tiffany Aching series when I was nearly 60, and couldn't imagine why it was classified as a children's book. It is so complex and layered and hilarious and wise - I recommend to any adult who is still able to suspend disbelief and dive into a world of imagination. But children also love it. I just listened to the audiobook with my 9 year old grandson who grinned during nearly every paragraph and often squealed with delight. Didn't bother him in the least that the hero is a girl - although I suspect that may keep it off the list of books recommended for boys. My husband (nearly 70 and doesn't usually like fantasy) also listened and loved it for its wisdom, humour and complexity - and the absolutely fabulous reader.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Anne R Hamilton
    10/29/10
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    "Fabulous fun"

    Terry Pratchett doesn't disaapoint in this hugely entertaining book. My son, age 10, seemed to cope with most of the slight anachronisms...what is space invaders Mum?, Why is he called Yo-less? ... and enjoyed the book. Is there a sequel Mum?

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Catherine
    Woking, United Kingdom
    9/22/12
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    "Thoughtful, charming and wickedly funny"

    Fabulous story, brilliantly read by Stephen Briggs. Don't be put off by it being a 'Children's Book' either... yes, youngsters will love it, but anyone who loves fairy tales, adventures, drama and comedy will love it too.

    Strangely familiar characters appear and you'll find yourself in the midst of a dream world... and if you're like me, then you'll savour the end and feel a bit sad when it's finished.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • P A Kelk
    7/23/15
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    "Terry Pratchett and Stephen Briggs a perfect combination!"

    While the Tiffany Aching series are supposed to be children's novels, I find them all excellent fun.

    Stephen Briggs is an excellent narrator, certainly the best reading the Terry Pratchett novels.

    A fantastic book and excellent fun.

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  • Wendy
    7/20/15
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    "Brilliantly written and narrated story"

    A brilliantly narrated and funny story. Who wouldn't be engaged with such a witty, well written story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. Joy Ross
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    4/7/15
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    "brilliant!"

    easy to listen to, brilliant story, Terry is a fantastic writer and paints such a picture in your head.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Melanie Kling
    3/24/15
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    "Not just for kids"

    I love this book - it makes me laugh outloud every time I listen to it! Love the strong heroine, love the quirky story, love the wry clever humor that I find so typical in Terry Pratchett's books. The brilliant reading by Stephen Briggs brought it alive for me. Highly recommend!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lydia
    3/24/15
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    "Great easy listen book"

    book is aimed at children but is a nice easy listen for adult followers of Terry Pratchett. good story line introducing the wee free men.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • R. J. Griggs
    London
    3/23/15
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    "Laugh out loud funny"

    Absolutely loved this, impossible to listen without laughing out loud, Mr Pratchett's finest hour!
    I'm off to look for the Wee Free Men :-)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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