But the Wintersmith isn't exactly a boy. He is winter itself: snow, gales, icicles, all of it. When he has a crush on Tiffany, he may make her roses of ice, but his nature is blizzards and avalanches. And he wants Tiffany to stay in his gleaming, frozen world. Forever.
Tiffany will need all her cunning to make it to spring. She'll also need her friends, from junior witches to the legendary Granny Weatherwax. Tiffany will need the Wee Free Men, too! She'll have the help of the bravest, toughest, smelliest pixies ever to be banished from Fairyland - whether she wants it or not. It's going to be a cold, cold season, because if Tiffany doesn't survive until spring...spring won't come.
©2006 Terry and Lyn Pratchett; (P)2006 HarperCollins Publishers
"Yet another rollicking, clever, and quite charming adventure." (Booklist)
"Replete with dry and intelligent humor, this latest in the series is sure to delight" (School Library Journal)
Its been a long wait for the next Terry Pratchett and I wasnt disappointed. I loved it! The plot and sub plots are engaging, the characters are are well developed and the humor will make you laugh out loud. I listen while I'm working and there were a couple of close calls there when I got tickled. I'm a knifemaker, it could have been bad but the doctor says I ought to regain full use in a few weeks.
If you have read and loved any of Terrry's Discworld novels you'll love this one. If you've done the other two Tiffany Aching novels then you have no choice, you HAVE to have this one. Old friends return in the Wintersmith. Granny Weatherwax is as tough, wise and manipulative as ever. Ms. Tick is slightly over her head and Nanny Ogg is a disgusting old baggage. Tiffany is hard to sum up. A little sugar and spice but alot more steel than your normal 13 year old girl. What really made the story for me are the Feegles. Think of Braveheart only six inches high and slightly tipsy, OK strike the slightly.
The book may be aimed at adoles.. adulesc..kids but there wasnt anything at all childish about it. If I had to give this book a rating I'd give it a PG13 for some of the subject matter but there isnt anything racy about it.
The only question I have was why did they release a book that dealt with cold and ice and snow in january? I mean, jeez. It like 9 degrees F. out there. I could have done with it last august. Oh well thats ok I guess wearing 3 sweaters wasnt too much trouble. Thanks again Terry. Now get back to work, I want more
This book is great. It might be my favorite of the Nac Mac Feegle Discworld books. I'm really enjoying reading about Tiffany Aching's journey through adolescence with the (sometimes unfortunate) companionship of the Wee Free Men. Stephen Briggs's reading is fantastic as always. He is excellent at differentiating character voices without making them too ridiculous. He is always able to pace his reading style to match the urgency of the story. This SHOULD be a 5-star review.
Except for the twinkly, horrible music that pops up periodically. It doesn't fit with the tone of the book. It really takes me out of the story whenever it comes on. It doesn't even seem to fall at appropriate intervals, like chapter breaks. It just comes in, seemingly at random. I wish I could easily advance through it, but unfortunately, it often seems to overlap the storytelling. I want it to be gone so that I could fully enjoy this audiobook.
Once again we have a delightful story about Tiffany which will delight both the young listener and the adults... Where as in the written form these books are really for 9+ the Audible version can be easily enjoyed by the younger siblings. And if you don't have kids well no matter they are just as much fun for you too... I would suggest you start with the Wee Free Men and Hat Full of Sky, so you hear Tiffany's tale in order...
I love all of the Tiffany Aching series, and this third entry doesn't disappoint. The now 13-year-old apprentice witch learns to deal with death, rivalry, romance, humanity, broom flying, holding herself accountable for her own actions, icebergs, and sentient cheese. Unfortunately, like all of these books, it's too darned short! The narrator is wonderful. Enjoy!
This is the 3rd Aching novel and the best of them. The lead characters return and evolve. My favorite of the three books in the Wee Free Men series.
This book is great and the voices are great. However, in contrast to all the other Terry Pratchett books there is this bad eightys style magic music which is distracting. Great book cut out the music.
One has to wonder why in the world you would want would to have bad windchime music in the middle of a fabulous book.
My daughter and I have thoroughly enjoyed all three of Terry Pratchett's books about Tiffany Aching. As a middle school teacher and parent, I love the message that everyone makes mistakes--the important thing is what you do about it--and being smart is more about listening to other people than using big words. The humor makes the message completely palatable and opens the door for great conversations with your tween. Plus, it's hard to resist Rob Anybody, Daft Wully, and Wee Billy Big-Chin.
But please please please get rid of the super annoying chapter bumper music. Typically awesome Terry Pratchett. We really have lost one of the best writers ever.
If you're reading this, I'm assuming you're already familiar with Terry Pratchett. If not, go back and start with Small Gods or something else. I've read just about everything Sir Pratchett has written, and I can freely admit that some stuff was mediocre (Snuff), but when he was on his game, he was brilliant. I love Sam Vines and the Watch stories, but I was surprised to find Wintersmith is actually Sir Pratchett's best explanation of what police and other public servants do. The witches go tend the people everyone else would rather not think about. They are the ones called when someone dies alone, they are the ones who confront the dangerous creatures and stand up to the mobs. They are hated and feared for doing it, often scapegoated, rarely thanked. In this, the 3rd book with Tiffany as the star, we see her growing into her power and responsibly. There are of course some truly funny moments and the narrator does a good job of playing those dryly (though his Scottish accent is nonexistent). There is plenty of adventure and suspense, but I enjoyed this one because once again I found myself cheering for Tiffany and relating to her struggles. One step more relatable than Lords and Ladies, but just as fun.
Prachett weaves a great story with wit, humor, and compassion. The performer is hilarious and helps create clear characters and situations. The only odd thing is music cuts in--perhaps because this used to be in a different format when music was needed for transitions (like a CD change). I found it very annoy. Fortunately the brilliance and creativity of both the author and performer outweighs the music.
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