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 9-year old daughter and I listen to audiobooks any time we have a drive longer than 15 minutes and this has been one of our favorites. I find myself chuckling just thinking about Rob Anybody and Not-so-big-as-medium-sized-Jock-but-bigger-than-wee-Jock Jock and their escapades. Humor aside, I love the message that looking at things and thinking them through is more important than being able to do magic. We should all have First Sight and Second Thoughts. Especially since they generally help Tiffany sort things out for herself before the Nac Mac Feegle arrive back on the scene from whatever carousing has distracted them from the crisis at hand.
I love the Wee Free Men, so a book about them was a treat indeed. Pratchett's new character, Tiffany is wonderful, perhaps a little older than her purported nine years, but a delightful character all the same. Give yourself a treat and get this audiobook!
This is an absolutely delightful book which the whole family can listen to. Although it is couched as a "kids" book- I recommend it to the adults too. It is nice to have an action oriented book with the main character being a girl. The characters are well developed, the narrator is terrific, and the story holds your interest the entire way through. There are some really funny moments in the book (especially involving the cat and the wee men)! I heartily recommend the book whether your 8 or 50+!
I have been listening to Terry Pratchett's books while commuting for a couple of years, and this is one of the best. Tiffany, the nine-year-old witch, and the Nac Mac Feegle are hilarious and serious at the same time, and the sense of place, the "Land under Wave" that plays a huge part in the book is wonderfully invoked. I laughed often and loved Terry's reworking of some very traditional fantasy themes as seen through his particular set of cracked lenses. I would recommend this both to adults and older children, particularly girls who need some heros of their own, and especially to the parents of those girls. Just a great read.
Great book! I'm listening it to it for the second time already. The Nac Mac Feegle are great fun and the reader has done a great job of bringing them to life. It's one of our favorite Terry Pratchett books.
I have been an adult for a long time and find this young adult/children's series very enjoyable. The plots are light but entertaining that the humor is laugh out loud funny. Not sugary sweet but not bleak either. The NacMacFleegals and Wee Big Hag make easy listening.
I have to admit, I bought this one a while before I listened to it. All the reviews said it was great for children so I thought I would have a hard time getting in to it, but I love Terry Pratchett so I thought I would give it a chance. I have to say it is just as good as any of the Night Watch ilk, which if you know anything of the Discworld, should say a lot (and if you don't make sure you also purchase Discworld #8: Guards, Guards! to get started on one of the best set of the Discworld Novels, the Night Watch, trust me on this one, you will thank me). Anyway, back to the Wee Free Men, I listen as I open my restaurant, and more than once I found myself laughing outloud while mopping the floor... One of Pratchetts better works. Thanks for giving us all of the novels back, I am so happy to see them all again!
The Internet made me lose the joy of reading for a while there. Thanks to audio books I'm making my way back.
I confess to having already read this book in hardback form. However, I wanted to see how the text would come off in audio with all the English accents--and Nac Mac Feegle accents, too. I was not disappointed.
While reading the actual text was a delight, listening to Stephen Briggs' oral rendition makes the text even more fun. I'll have to purchase the next two in audio, as well.
I originally purchased this book for my 7-year-old daughter, but ended up sneaking the player away from her in the mornings so I could listen to it on my commute. Whatever the Gold Standard is in Kid Lit, this book exceeds it: hugely entertaining, totally original, and with a powerful message about opening your eyes to the world. (My daughter has already started talking about first and second thoughts!) It’s definitely going to be required reading for my other kids… and it won’t be a hard job at all to convince them to pick this one up…. The narration is also very good…. Now I’m off to download the sequel...we're both eager to find out what happens next.
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.
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