In a riveting narrative equal parts suspense and humor, Carnegie Medalist Terry Pratchett returns to his internationally popular Discworld with a breath-taking tale certain to leave fans, new and old, enthralled.
©2003 Terry Pratchett; (P)2003 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
"Briggs reads the prose with rhythmic glee and suspenseful understanding....This tale is especially recommended for all girls who wonder why boy characters like Harry Potter seem to get all the magical action." (AudioFile)
"The book is full of witty dialogue and a wacky cast of characters....A funny and thought-provoking fantasy, with powerfully visual scenes and characters that remain with readers. A glorious read." (School Library Journal)
The first time I listened to it I enjoyed it. The First Time I listened to the next two was incredible. Then I went back and listened to the first again. I absolutely love the voices of the wee free men; the narrator is brilliant.
Tiffany Aching is a resourceful and pragmatic girl that is an excellent role model for youth and, like many Pratchett books, the stories provoke independence of thought while also being funny and entertaining.
I enjoyed “The Wee Free Men.” In trying to describe this book to a friend, it seems to be a cross of “Alice in Wonderland,” “The Chronicles of Narnia,” and “Monty Python.” I’m sure that does not make any sense but it will once you listen to this book. The lead character is a 9-year old girl who is strong and sees right through non-sense such as the fairy tales that only tell one side of the story. She wants to know the witches’ perspective on the story and does not believe in fairy princesses. The Wee Free Men are like little Scottish Vikings –for lack of a better word - that guide her through a fantasy world where she has to battle the ice-queen with common sense. I wondered at times if the author was smoking something funny or just a bit nutty when describing this fantasy world… it’s at times really hilarious and other times a bit dreamy and strange. All in all this would be great for older children and adults alike. Stephen Briggs did a great job narrating but I should mention that you will miss some things because of his Scottish brogue.
I am so glad I took the chance with Going Postal, it opened me up to all the other fantastic books by Terry Pratchett. For The Wee Free Men, I have to say that the narrator is the best, all the voices he keeps track of is unbeliveable. This book was a fun trip into the mind of Terry Pratchett. I really enjoyed this book.
While I love reading Pratchert, the voices in this audio book add so much more to the enjoyment! The reader does English, bored-English, and Scottish voices impeccably!
What a gift to drive down the highway with tears of laughter streaming down your face. Oh that toad and the nuances of magic. I can't wait to read more about the hagging of the extremely precocious Tiffany. My only complaint was that it ended. Wailee wailee wailee.
Another great story of Disc World! Our house of readers has two current favorites Stanek and Pratchett. Stanek has the action, Pratchett gets to your funny bone. This comedy about a young girl and the Wee Free men is hilarious and highly enjoyable! If you've never listened to any other of Pratchett's work, this is a good one and it will make you a fan.
Rarely do I read books that have young female characters as delightfully thoughtful as Tiffany. No foolish young maid in it for love - no this is a book where a girl is a girl, the way many girls are before they discover boys. And the way many a girl is even after discovering silly boys. Stephen Briggs is a delight to listen to as he brings to life all of the characters. A wonderful complement Mr. Pratchett and Mr. Briggs - I will be looking for other books where they have teamed up.
I love clean books of all sorts. Love mysteries, fantasies epic to kids stories, fairy tales, romances, humor, and historical fiction
This book is one of my personal favorites. Tiffany is marvelous. She is practical and bold. She is a doer and a thinker. She also wants to be a witch. Terry Pratchett's idea of witchcraft appeals to me immensely. He has the idea that witchcraft is looking at something, seeing what needs to be done and doing it. There are big magical workings and very fun magical workings, but those are for special occasions and not to be used much. He tells kids that mostly it is a lot of work, although they don't get into any real learning until the next book. I know he wrote these books as a child's introduction to the Disc World. These books are perfect for any age. They are clean, so witty, and amazingly funny. I tell my children, "Waily! waily! waily!" when they are whiny. I can't get enough of the Wee Free Men. I had this book on CD but bought it on Audible for consistency. I have all the others on Audible already. If you need a fun book or series to listen to on a medium range car trip, this one is it. My boys love Tiffany and the Wee Free Men as much as any of the girls in our family. I love this whole series. They are all excellent Terry Pratchett books. If you want to really enjoy a fairytale-type atmosphere, I think this might be a perfect fit. As always Stephen Briggs is perfect at these narrations. His accents are amazing. This is a must-read in children's fantasy. It does deal with some nightmares so probably not for children under about 6, unless your children are not scared by much of anything. Hope you and yours enjoy this as much as we do. Enjoy!
Stephen Briggs is fantastic. I can't imagine a better narrator.
Laugh 'til your stomach hurts
What I can I say? The Tiffany Aching, Wee Free Men audiobooks are my absolute favorites.
The story line is fun, the characters are perfect, and the narrator's performance is first rate. These are actually my favorite of the Discworld books so far.
The header for this book says it's Book 2, and I guess there is some other Terry Pratchett children's book out there, but this is Book 1 of the Tiffany Aching series. Start here.
I listen to this book at least once a year and laugh out loud every time. I've read some of Terry Pratchett's books for adults, but am usually left feeling that something's missing. There's a distance between reader and characters that comes from too many puns and winks to the audience. This book avoids that. The writing is funny yet grounded in Tiffany's world. I love Tiffany. She questions the status quo and finds things out for herself. All of her books are enjoyable, but Wee Free Men is my favorite.
Stephen Briggs does an amazing job with the narration. He sounds like he's having a lot of fun and just lets loose with voices and sounds. His accents are perfectly tailored for each off-the-wall character.
A fabulous book for children and adults. The narration makes an already fun book that much better. One of my favorite audiobooks ever.
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