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Eleven-year-old Tiffany Aching wants to be a real witch. But a real witch doesn't casually step out of her body, leaving it empty. Tiffany does, and there's something just waiting for a handy body to take over - something ancient and horrible, which can't die. Now Tiffany's got to learn to be a real witch quickly, with the help of arch-witch Mistress Weatherwax and the truly amazing Miss Level.

"Crivens! And us!"

Oh, yes. And the Nac Mac Feegle, the rowdiest, toughest, smelliest bunch of fairies ever to be thrown out of Fairyland for being drunk at two in the afternoon. They'll fight anything.

©2004 Terry and Lyn Pratchett; (P)2004 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Another excellent Pratchett!

This is the second of the books about Tiffany Aching and the Wee Free Men. Although they are listed as children's books, they are definitely aimed at the older literate child who loves words. I found this, as I usually do with Pratchett, difficult to 'put down' - it contains plenty to keep the more mature adult intrigued and amused.

This is the story of Tiffany's journey off the Chalk to begin her witches' apprenticeship with Miss Level. In it she defeats a Hiver, a creature that cannot be killed. While it is possible to 'read' Pratchett's Discworld books in any order and still find them entertaining, they do build on one another, so I would recommend reading or listening to "The Wee Free Men" first, especially if you haven't read any Pratchett before. A nodding acquaintence with Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg from any of the witch-focussed books in the series would also help. "Equal Rites" would be a good place to start.

Stephen Briggs does an excellent job of reading quite complex material with a large cast of characters. He finds consistent recognisable voices for the main characters, using a range of regional accents from the UK. He clearly enjoys reading Pratchett and understands his material well.

My one problem is that Pratchett starts of with a glossary of characters and it is very difficult to flip back to this in an audiobook when you want to know who or what a particular person represents.

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A must buy

Stephen Briggs does a brilliant job, and is truly one of the best audiobook narrators. As far as the book itself, hey it's a Pratchett. And that says it all.

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Fantastic story with depth

What made the experience of listening to A Hat Full of Sky the most enjoyable?

Great story. I love the way the best witches are grounded by doing the community nursing and social work about the place. There's a lot of real life philosophy in it all - including how we all have darker thoughts, but should behave otherwise.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Hat Full of Sky?

I love how Rob Anybody won't let Tiffany face trouble on her own. He's a loyal friend and protector. I also liked Horace the Cheese.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I hated the accent he gave Miss Level. Just painful to listen to. Anna-Gramma was performed brilliantly.

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

Terry Pratchett always makes me laugh, and think. And think about the way I think.

Any additional comments?

My nearly 10 year old followed it better than my nearly 8 year old.

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  • Muppet
  • 06-15-08

Now I'm Hooked...

I love Terry Pratchett books and love listening to a book at bedtime - so this is my perfect find! The book itself is typical pratchett, well written and good story. Have to say though still prefer the earlier books.

Stephen Briggs is good but I would have preferred Tony Robinson -he seems to bring the characters to life a bit better.

Still a good listen though - here's too many more to come!

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  • Allen Hanley
  • 04-20-16

Great Pratchett

Great story. Narrator sadly not quite right on some accents. Miss Level sounded badly American!

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  • Edmund
  • 12-30-14

Very Enjoyable

Would you consider the audio edition of A Hat Full of Sky to be better than the print version?

Having not read the book prior to listening I cant say how well it translates to audio though I thought that Brigg's interpretation of the story was really good.

What did you like best about this story?

Despite this being a story "for children" (and being in the "Children's Discworld Series") this was thoroughly enjoyable for an adult. There were aspects of humour that are identifiably Pratchett and kept me laughing all along the way.

Have you listened to any of Stephen Briggs’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I've listened to Brigg's version of Theif of Time, and his style suits the Discworld series very well. He personalises the characters brilliantly.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did enjoy listening to this and it has made me consider reading/listening to the rest of the Tiffany series. If the rest of them are as good as this, then it'll be a good decision.

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  • Kiz
  • 07-22-17

more adventures with Tiffany

a great book. wonderful story. it's all about the story...
hang around for the authors note at the end.

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  • Sara
  • 07-12-17

Brilliant!

This is a deep funny remarkable story about being human. I'm 52 and loved it. It's a shame it you don't listen to because it's labelled as a children's story. it ain't just that

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  • Ms Jane Feasey
  • 05-06-17

Pink rhinoceros

Tiffany achin is a character of potential. I wonder what terry's plans were for her. I enjoyed this book and it can easily be read by not so young peple, I generally ignore the young peoples fiction heading. A good books a good book. Besides anything that has granny weatherwax and nanny ogg in from time to time is a blessing .

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  • merlycat
  • 03-10-17

Still funny

If you could sum up A Hat Full of Sky in three words, what would they be?

Wonderfully written characters

What did you like best about this story?

The humour and side stories

What does Stephen Briggs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Brings the characters to life exactly as I pictured when reading the blood over 20 years ago.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

Any additional comments?

My first full audio book and I wasn't disappointed. Good story telling adding to an already well written book.

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  • Simon Wales
  • 03-03-17

Excellent

I just think Terry Pratchett really conveys a youngster growing up and realising responsibilities. Enjoyed it being read to me this time

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-09-16

exceptional

Yet again Steven Briggs does a fantastic job of bringing the Discworld to life. My 7 year old is now such a fan.

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  • Claire
  • 09-17-16

<3 everything Aching and Simon Briggs is brill.

brilliant book, brilliant adaptation. I love all the witches books, especially the Tiffany Aching ones and Steve Briggs has a wonderful way of making them come to life.

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  • Cage
  • 02-16-17

Amazing author and the mixed accent narration

Some voices still a mixture of Scottish and Swedish. Amazingly wonderful. He is greatly missed

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