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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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  • Bruce
  • Ellicott City, MD USA
  • 07-30-16

Fantastic story

A Wrinkle in Time meets Labyrinth with Hermione Granger as protagonist. What could be wrong with that? Loved it.

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Funny, thoughtful, girl power...

I picked up the paperback for my daughter after some some friend's recommendations. It took her a while to start, and then we had a road trip, so I fetched us the AB. Awesome listen. A fantastic performance of a hilarious and clever story of a girl witch finding her place in the world and becoming a true leader with a frying pan, some boots, and intuition sharper than a set of ears on a fox.

A great story for any lover of fantasy or even just Harry Potter. Best of luck reading the Scottish bits as it was tough enough to understand with someone reading it to me, but you get used to it and it makes for the best band of characters in any book I've read in... ever. Funnier and more lovable than Bifur, Bofur, Bombor, Oin, Gloin, Fili, Kili, etc... but no dragon, I'm afraid. Never fear, The Jolly Sailor is here!

I know that I keep rating these books highly, but I'm batting a thousand on my audio book choices. If you have a credit and a kid, pick this one up.

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Cribbins!

Each time I listen to this it's better! Equal parts fantasy and life lesson, narrated brilliantly.

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Amazing

This is awesome
So delightfully funny
I have to write nine more words so yea


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Brilliant

Tiffany is fabulous! She's my all time favorite Pratchett hero. I wish he'd written more about her.

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Fantastic!

The whole Tiffany Aching series is a great for young and young at heart alike!

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A charming tale, wonderfully told!

I can listen to Stephen Briggs read Terry Pratchett all day. An insightful and humorous story with delightful characters that Mr. Briggs brings to life, the Wee Free Men is a great listen. It makes the miles go by whether on a family road trip or on the daily commute--just be careful as you laugh out loud to keep your eyes on the road.

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absolutely delightful!

i enjoyed the wee free men immensely! what a wonderful story... wonderfully read! i feel like i have enjoyed a really delicious meal and am sitting back, full and satisfied! i look forward to rest of the tiffany aching series.

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I can listen over and over

One of the best books Pratchett wrote, and that is saying a LOT. Now it's like visiting old friends. I was feeling blue... no pun intended, do I visited with Tiffany and the Feegle. Brilliant and still laugh out loud funny no matter how many times I load this book onto my phone.

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One of Pratchett's very best.

My entire family participates when we listen to this book. Every time I revisit this work, Pratchett's writing makes me think, laugh, and sometimes cry a little. Well, at least tear up and sniffle, and FEEL something rich and real, and that experience is certainly worth the precious little time I have to indulge in a world full of literature. When I need to move from an emotional low, Pratchett is often good medicine.