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)
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.
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.
This one is DEFinitely written for a younger audience...but Terry Pratchet is TERRY PRATCHET and that's a fact :) The little dudes are Hilarious, and somewhere in the middle you just don't seem to mind so much that it's written for a younger audience. I am (actually) debating on exploring this bit further...as I REALLY enjoyed the Granny Weatherwax character (LOL) from an earlier Discworld book ...and it seems to be going that way too. Laugh. Love. And BE Merry :)
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.
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The Author and Reader come together in this laugh out loud book. I have listened to it twice and laughed even more on the second reading. The story moves quickly and never drags. Many of the Disk World friends from other books play a part in this story. The title characters in the book absouloutly make this book a jem and the way the dialogue is read is priceless. Overall a very enjoyable read and a solid 5 stars
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.
I am a huge Terry Prachett fan and finding his books in audio was truly exciting! To me, Stephen Briggs is a far better narrator than Nigel Planner (Nigel is too juicy)and he brings each character to life. This book, part of the witches series (which is my favorite)is very entertaining and funny. You won't be disappointed.
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.
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.
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