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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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  • Lynne
  • montclair, NJ, United States
  • 04-26-05

Another gift from Terry Pratchett

What a gift to drive down the highway with tears of laughter streaming down your face. Oh that toad and the nuances of magic. I can't wait to read more about the hagging of the extremely precocious Tiffany. My only complaint was that it ended. Wailee wailee wailee.

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  • Melissa
  • Waterford, MI, USA
  • 03-26-05

Wonderful Wee Free Men

Rarely do I read books that have young female characters as delightfully thoughtful as Tiffany. No foolish young maid in it for love - no this is a book where a girl is a girl, the way many girls are before they discover boys. And the way many a girl is even after discovering silly boys. Stephen Briggs is a delight to listen to as he brings to life all of the characters. A wonderful complement Mr. Pratchett and Mr. Briggs - I will be looking for other books where they have teamed up.

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  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 06-09-13

Can't get enough of the Wee Free Men!

This book is one of my personal favorites. Tiffany is marvelous. She is practical and bold. She is a doer and a thinker. She also wants to be a witch. Terry Pratchett's idea of witchcraft appeals to me immensely. He has the idea that witchcraft is looking at something, seeing what needs to be done and doing it. There are big magical workings and very fun magical workings, but those are for special occasions and not to be used much. He tells kids that mostly it is a lot of work, although they don't get into any real learning until the next book. I know he wrote these books as a child's introduction to the Disc World. These books are perfect for any age. They are clean, so witty, and amazingly funny. I tell my children, "Waily! waily! waily!" when they are whiny. I can't get enough of the Wee Free Men. I had this book on CD but bought it on Audible for consistency. I have all the others on Audible already. If you need a fun book or series to listen to on a medium range car trip, this one is it. My boys love Tiffany and the Wee Free Men as much as any of the girls in our family. I love this whole series. They are all excellent Terry Pratchett books. If you want to really enjoy a fairytale-type atmosphere, I think this might be a perfect fit. As always Stephen Briggs is perfect at these narrations. His accents are amazing. This is a must-read in children's fantasy. It does deal with some nightmares so probably not for children under about 6, unless your children are not scared by much of anything. Hope you and yours enjoy this as much as we do. Enjoy!

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  • Meghan
  • Pittston, ME, United States
  • 08-25-12

My favorite!

What about Stephen Briggs’s performance did you like?

Stephen Briggs is fantastic. I can't imagine a better narrator.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Laugh 'til your stomach hurts

Any additional comments?

What I can I say? The Tiffany Aching, Wee Free Men audiobooks are my absolute favorites. <br/><br/>The story line is fun, the characters are perfect, and the narrator's performance is first rate. These are actually my favorite of the Discworld books so far.

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  • marian
  • Los Angeles, CA, United States
  • 05-05-12

Transporting "Listen"

Where does The Wee Free Men: Discworld Childrens, Book 2 rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

I've listened to so many great books through Audible, read by Simon Prebble, Simon Vance, Lindsay Duncan, Juliet Stevenson and others. It would be impossible to rank Wee Free Men other than among my top 30. However, I began this book with my children, as we made a long trek north. I finished on my own, because the story and the narrator were so delightful that I didn't want to wait for the next big drive. Stephen Briggs is magnificent with his various characters, his perfect modulations - whether in the guise of a tiny blue Scot or the clever, thoughtful Tiffany. His commitment to each character is heroic - and provides pure pleasure. <br/>And, of course, Terry Pratchett's worlds never fail to delight. I've taken the next two novels out of the library, but I'll have to channel Briggs' voice to do them justice.

What did you like best about this story?

Tiffany's discovery that she is a witch, but that a true witch only uses her craft when her native cleverness is insufficient was the central notion that won me over. The characters, from Miss Tick to Granny Aching, were thoroughly and perfectly confected. I loved them all. I loved Tiffany's discoveries about her inner strengths, about the nature of mourning someone so loved that she never really left.<br/>This book will charm any listener, of any age, and all genders!!

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Amazing story! So much fun!

I read something in a blog about Terry Pratchett's books-somehow I decided to start with the Tiffany Aching books. This title wasn't very inviting-I thought it would be too young and babyish for my 6th graders. After just a few minutes I was hooked. Stephen Briggs' reading is fantastic to listen to and the story itself has captured my imagination. I ordered the other 3 Tiffany Aching books both in audio and in book formats! Thank you for some great escapism!

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  • Ruben
  • San Ysidro, CA, United States
  • 09-03-10

Great Family Book that adults will enjoy

This is one of the best books I have listened to. My daughters and me had a great time listening together. The reader gives a masterful performance.

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Surprisingly entertaining for all

We listened to this on a road trip thinking it would be a good "children's" book that the adults could tolerate. We found that ALL of us were laughing and enjoying the book enormously. Some of the wit, admittedly, apealled even more to the adults than our 11 year old companion. Highly recommend.

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  • Sharon
  • Costa Mesa, CA United States
  • 06-04-09

Inspiring

This book is inspiring, wonderfully magical, uplifting, and a book for the whole family. I'm not a kid, yet I found myself immersed in this world and wanting more when it was all over. I bought the hard copy for several friend's children.

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Terry's Best Series

A fantastic series, wonderful for both kids and adults. Frankly, I don't get tired of listening to these audiobooks. Well worth buying all three books.

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