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)
My entire family participates when we listen to this book. Every time I revisit this work, Pratchett's writing makes me think, laugh, and sometimes cry a little. Well, at least tear up and sniffle, and FEEL something rich and real, and that experience is certainly worth the precious little time I have to indulge in a world full of literature. When I need to move from an emotional low, Pratchett is often good medicine.
I listen to many audiobooks and review the ones I find most notable.
When I first listened to this, I didn't even know it was part of the 'discworld childrens' series. It is definitely appropriate for young adults, but was thoroughly and completely enjoyed by my 30 something self. This book is both funny and intelligent. The humor is often wry and understated. Very Terry Pratchett. At the same time, the story provides lessons and insights into human nature in a way that is not heavy handed. I can't stress my enjoyment of this book and the entire series enough. The title of this book is Wee Free Men (and they are fantabulous characters), but the book/series really centers on Tiffany Aching. You will want to get all the other books in the series. They are all amazing and entertaining.
This narrator is amazing. He blends so seamlessly that it is easy to lose yourself in the story. His accents and delivery are perfect.
Despite my glowing reviews, I'm really not a solid Pratchett devotee. Some of his books I've even abandoned (!) or, rather, put aside. But I love the characters in The Wee Free Men. I especially love young, forthright Tiffany Aching, and her wonderful memories of her grandmother. To have a very young female character who's given such a solid sense of purpose, honesty and unapologetic self-knowledge is refreshing.
“Yes! I'm me! I am careful and logical and I look up things I don't understand! When I hear people use the wrong words, I get edgy! I am good with cheese. I read books fast! I think! And I always have a piece of string! That's the kind of person I am!”
I've listened to this book so many times when I've had a long day, and I swear Tiffany's pluck and backbone has the power to reinforce me somehow.
Tiffany talking to the witch-finder, Miss Tick, about becoming a witch. Their thorny repartee builds both of their characters in just a few pages.
He's got some great material to work with, and really uses takes the opportunity to make these characters stand out. Tiffany has a stubborn voice, she is very intelligent but is still an untaught country girl, and Briggs lands that. His varied voices for the (several) Feegles are distinct and hilarious, and although the baby brother, Wentworth, has few lines, Briggs' delivery makes him shine. I think he really knows these characters.
I suppose my recent statement about this book somehow reinforcing my own backbone is extreme? As for laughs - it makes me smile quite a lot.
“Ach, noo yer talkin’ oour language,” said Rob Anybody.
“Not…quite,” said Tiffany.”
I never want to see a movie they'll try to make out of this. Ever.
Delightful, would love to share with my kids one day. Can't wait to start the next one!
If only I could meet the Wee Free Men! Another excellent humorous fantasy by Sir Terry Pratchett. I look forward to the practical magic of Tiffany Aching in the sequels. Cribbins!
thought it was something my 13 year old niece would like. she had trouble with the Scottish accent but I thought it was a good read I'm going to try and get her to listen to the audio book and see if she gets interested in the series.
All the way around this was an excellent book. The story was so much better than I hoped it would be. And the narration was, as normal, very very good. I would recommend this audiobook to anyone, whether they're just starting the Terry Pratchett Discworld adventure or if they are well into it.
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