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The Wee Free Men: Discworld Childrens, Book 2 Audiobook

The Wee Free Men: Discworld Childrens, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

Armed only with a frying pan and her common sense, Tiffany Aching, a young witch-to-be, is all that stands between the monsters of Fairyland and the warm, green Chalk country that is her home. Forced into Fairyland to seek her kidnapped brother, Tiffany allies herself with the Chalk's local Nac Mac Feegle, aka the Wee Free Men, a clan of sheep-stealing, sword-wielding, six-inch-high blue men who are as fierce as they are funny. Together, they battle through an eerie and ever-shifting landscape, fighting brutal flying fairies, dream-spinning dromes, and grimhounds (black dogs with eyes of fire and teeth of razors) before ultimately confronting the Queen of the Elves, absolute ruler of a world in which reality intertwines with nightmare. And in the final showdown, Tiffany must face her cruel power alone.

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Amazon Customer Milford, MI 05-13-16
    Amazon Customer Milford, MI 05-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant "

    Tiffany is fabulous! She's my all time favorite Pratchett hero. I wish he'd written more about her.

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    Joan Mountville, PA, United States 03-29-16
    Joan Mountville, PA, United States 03-29-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Fantastic!"

    The whole Tiffany Aching series is a great for young and young at heart alike!

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    Arthur 03-20-16
    Arthur 03-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A charming tale, wonderfully told!"

    I can listen to Stephen Briggs read Terry Pratchett all day. An insightful and humorous story with delightful characters that Mr. Briggs brings to life, the Wee Free Men is a great listen. It makes the miles go by whether on a family road trip or on the daily commute--just be careful as you laugh out loud to keep your eyes on the road.

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    Mokwintsana New York, New York, USA 02-27-16
    Mokwintsana New York, New York, USA 02-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "absolutely delightful!"

    i enjoyed the wee free men immensely! what a wonderful story... wonderfully read! i feel like i have enjoyed a really delicious meal and am sitting back, full and satisfied! i look forward to rest of the tiffany aching series.

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    Christine M Pellew Malden, MA USA 02-23-16
    Christine M Pellew Malden, MA USA 02-23-16 Member Since 2014
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    "I can listen over and over"

    One of the best books Pratchett wrote, and that is saying a LOT. Now it's like visiting old friends. I was feeling blue... no pun intended, do I visited with Tiffany and the Feegle. Brilliant and still laugh out loud funny no matter how many times I load this book onto my phone.

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    Brian 10-02-15
    Brian 10-02-15
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    "One of Pratchett's very best."

    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.

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    Sugarpucker 09-17-15
    Sugarpucker 09-17-15 Member Since 2012

    I listen to many audiobooks and review the ones I find most notable.

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    "Fantastic and not just for kids"

    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.

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    M. Richardson USA 09-09-15
    M. Richardson USA 09-09-15 Member Since 2015
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    "This will never get less than 5 stars from me"
    What did you love best about The Wee Free Men: Discworld Childrens, Book 2?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wee Free Men: Discworld Childrens, Book 2?

    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.


    What about Stephen Briggs’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.”


    Any additional comments?

    I never want to see a movie they'll try to make out of this. Ever.

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    Jasmine 09-02-15
    Jasmine 09-02-15
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    "Delightful, would love to share with my kids one day"

    Delightful, would love to share with my kids one day. Can't wait to start the next one!

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    Allison R. Kaserman 08-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A vivid, engrossing read"

    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!

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