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One rat, popping up here and there, squeaking loudly, and taking a bath in the cream, could be a plague all by himself. After a few days of this, it was amazing how glad people were to see the kid with his magical rat pipe. And they were amazing when the rats followed hint out of town.

They'd have been really amazed if they'd ever found out that the rats and the piper met up with a cat somewhere outside of town and solemnly counted out the money.

The Amazing Maurice runs the perfect Pied Piper scam. This streetwise alley cat knows the value of cold, hard cash and can talk his way into and out of anything. But when Maurice and his cohorts decide to con the town of Bad Blinitz, it will take more than fast talking to survive the danger that awaits. For this is a town where food is scarce and rats are hated, where cellars are lined with deadly traps, and where a terrifying evil lurks beneath the hunger-stricken streets...

Set in Terry Pratchett's widely popular Discworld, this masterfully crafted, gripping listen is both compelling and funny. When one of the world's most acclaimed fantasy writers turns a classic fairy tale on its head, no one will ever look at the Pied Piper or rats the same way again!

©2001 Terry and Lyn Pratchett (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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Much better as an audiobook

I was never a big fan of this Pratchett. Like his other children's books (e.g. Tiffany Aching) it's darker than most Discworld series. Furthermore, it has few truly likable characters (Darktan, Dangerous Beans, and Sardines), and more than its fair share of mildly distasteful antiheroes (scheming Maurice, stupid-looking Keith, bossy Malicia, hidebound Hamnpork to name just a few...). I'd probably only read the hardcover twice (vs. 6-12 times for Pratchett's others).

I was pleasantly surprised to hear Stephen Briggs take characters I found annoying and make them comical and sympathetic. He played up Maurice's dietary angst, made the rat catchers seem like two different people, and even made the Piper less douchey. Maurice's roaring 20's gangstery accent was perfect. I liked it so much, I immediately listened to it again. It's still nowhere near as fun as Moist von Lipwig or Sam Vimes, but as an audiobook, The Amazing Maurice is a solid entry in the Discworld canon.

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Excellent book

The narrator does a particularly impressive job of having a distinct voice for each character.

Pratchett's writing is, of course, excellent.

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Gotta Love Pratchett

Another Pratchett Great, not a did in his whole catalog IMHO, and I've 'read' them all.

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Cats and mice and rats are taking over

This, like all of Terry Pratchett's work, is well worth the time. It's geared toward kids, and they loved it. (I have to admit, I did too.) There were negotiations every night for "just one more page!"

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  • Joanne
  • Owings Mills, MD, United States
  • 05-02-16

Hilarious!

My first solo Terry Pratchet book and it was fantastic. I know it was technically young adult, but it is engaging and laugh out loud funny!

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reviewed by me.

a little dark for kids. a little dark for me really. but a well told story. good for Terry Pratchett fans.

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Another wonder from the mind of Pratchett

It was all I came to expect of the discworld and more. A thing of beauty.

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This is my favorite story

The only thing I didn’t like about it was that some parts of the text in the book were not included in this recording.

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Nice introduction to discworld

Great performance--awesome accents for each character. Cute parable/twist on the pied piper fable about a stupid-looking kid, a clever cat, and a band of talking rats. A few philosophical moments balance nicely with laugh out loud jokes. The setting was a little confusing at times--one of those situations where reading the text might make scene changes more clear. The pacing of the story was a bit slow in the middle. Still very enjoyable, hope to see some of the characters, especially Maurice, in other discworld books.

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unique adventure

Another wonderful Pratchett book with unique and interesting characters in a silly world. So happy to break from all the normal characters and get something just completely different.