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Publisher's Summary

Do you believe in magic? Can you imagine a war between wizards? An exciting journey in an airship or down in a submarine? Would you like to meet the fastest truncheon in the Wild West?

The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner and Other Stories is the second fabulously funny short story collection from the late acclaimed storyteller Terry Pratchett. A follow-up to Dragons at Crumbling Castle, this second batch of storytelling gems features stories written when Sir Terry was just 17 years old and working as a junior reporter. In this audiobook new Pratchett fans will find wonder, mayhem, sorcery, and delight - and loyal listeners will recognize the seeds of ideas that went on to influence his most beloved tales later in life.

As Neil Gaiman says, "A Terry Pratchett book is a small miracle" - and The Witch's Vacuum Cleaner and Other Stories proves to be another miracle taking its place alongside Pratchett's astounding and cherished body of work.

©2017 Terry Pratchett (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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Where's Steven Briggs!?!?!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

They appear to have recorded this somewhere in the middle of the narrator's mouth - every gasping breath is there, the slithering letters, the extra aspirations at the drop of a letter - too much for those who appreciate much more subtle artistry of Stephen Briggs. And let's not get started about the overexcited tone. It's a book to be endured, rather than enjoyed.

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light, cute, funny stories

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It was nice to hear more material from Terry Pratchett. It seemed more geared towards kids.

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Must-listen for fans of Terry Pratchett

A collection of his early stories, this book was not only a delight to listen to for the content of the stories, but also because of the superb performance by the narrator.

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Funny!

If you are looking for a light, funny read, this is your book. It was like watching cartoons or Monty Python. Very bad for a bedtime book for me. I found it hard to stop reading, well, actually, listening to this one. 3:00 came too quickly. So, sorry if this sounds more disjointed than my usual reviews.

Oh, I listened to the Audible using the whispersynch. Julian Rhind-Tutt (Narrator) is facinating! His voice changes with every character. He tells the story with so much gusto that sometimes I think I missed story for enthusiastic energy. Even still, at the end of each story I had that sigh of fulfillment.

The stories themselves are sadly, mostly, male. In fact, the very first one ended with the main character marrying the witch with us hardly knowing a thing about the witch except that she was a witch. I wanted more about her and that parrot. Please forget that you just read the last two sentences if they seem spoilers. After all, the title of the book is The Witch's Vacuum. Seems like there should be a lot more witch and vacuums than men in the form of police or gnomes. But hey, Mr. Pratchett wrote this when he was a teen and the adage says 'write what you know'. Sadly, Mr. Pratchett knew nothing about the other half of society then. Later he did write some fun books that did have fems but mostly they are witches. Is it any wonder how the world is now if this is all anyone has read most of their lives?

Still, I have loved Terry Pratchett's writing, so creative! Magick exists, but sadly without fems. Even colors we have never heard of exists. Don't get me started! YET, I love his writing. Fun, fun stories!

So take it with a grain of salt that in male authors' worlds, fems hardly exist. We will try to change that with our own writings and making sure they see us as the other humans. After all the whole language system leaves us behind. Even human. We could be called hu.

But it is for this teeny-tiny problem that I am giving the book four stars instead of five. If you can get the audio version you are in for the best story telling around--save for girls, fe=iron.

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Early Pratchett is good but he did get better

These are fun stories and you can see inspiration and some of the humor he really developed later in life. Don't expect the quality of even The Color of Magic and definitely not Going Postal. But I'm still happy I had a chance to listen to them and get a picture of how one of the literary masters of our time developed his craft.

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Love it!

I have enjoyed every Terry Pratchett novel that I’ve ever read and these short stories are just as good.

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love all these stories!!!

completely enjoyed all the short stories. Great for time away from the world. the reader did a great job. Sir Terry never fails to bring thought and fun to the world.

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Enjoyable

This was the very first Terry Pratchett stories I've ever read. I'm hoping others will be better. The reads were quick and enjoyable, but I was surprised they didn't invoke much emotion. The premises were neat for most, some just seemed silly. LoL.

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I somehow expected short stories of Discworld, but it’s unfortunately short stories from T. Pratchetts children’s series.

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Early Pratchett short stories

the British Wild West Wales, Bromeliad precursor story and a Witch on a vacuum cleaner