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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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First Sight and Second Thoughts

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.

24 of 24 people found this review helpful

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One of Terry's Best

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.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Huzzah for the Wee Frees!

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!

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • Melodie
  • Greensboro, NC, United States
  • 04-14-08

Not just for kids

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+!

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Joyce
  • Flower Mound, TX, USA
  • 01-11-05

Crivens!

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.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Sharon
  • La Vergne, TN, United States
  • 08-01-08

Audio is only an improvement

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.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Laugh out loud

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Camrog
  • Kenmore, WA USA
  • 03-30-07

Required Reading

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Not just for children....

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!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • colleen
  • ANCHORAGE, AK, United States
  • 05-27-12

Feegle fan

???Things ha??? come to a pretty pass, ye ken, if people are going to leave stuff like that aroound where innocent people could accidentally smash the door doon and lever the bars aside and take the big chain off ???f the cupboard and pick the lock and drink it!??? ~Rob Anybody Long live Terry Pratchett!

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