Listen free for 30 days

  • The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents

  • Discworld, Book 28 (Discworld Childrens Book 1)
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (850 ratings)

One credit a month, good for any title to download and keep.
Unlimited listening to the Plus Catalogue - thousands of select Audible Originals, podcasts and audiobooks.
Exclusive member-only deals.
No commitment - cancel anytime.
Buy Now for £19.99

Buy Now for £19.99

Pay using card ending in
By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Please see our Privacy Notice, Cookies Notice and Interest-based Ads Notice.

Summary

Rats! They're everywhere: in the breadbins, dancing across tabletops, stealing pies from under the cooks' noses. So what does every town need? A good piper to lure them away.  

That's where Maurice comes in. But he's only a cat (though one that talks), so although he has the ideas, he needs rats and someone to play the pipe. Who better than the kid to play the pipe? And Dangerous Beans. And Peaches. And Hamnpork (who doesn't really like what's been happening since The Change; all a rat leader really needs is to be big and stroppy, thinking is just not his thing). And Darktan. And Sardines. And all the others in the Clan.

Then they arrive in Bad Blintz, which is suffering from a plague of rats and find there are NO rats anywhere (though the two resident rat catchers seem to have plenty of tails to show, at 50 pence per tail).

Someone else has had ideas, and Maurice is not pleased.

Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards.

©2001 Terry and Lyn Pratchett (P)2001 Isis Publishing Ltd

What listeners say about The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    651
  • 4 Stars
    145
  • 3 Stars
    42
  • 2 Stars
    9
  • 1 Stars
    3
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    553
  • 4 Stars
    133
  • 3 Stars
    32
  • 2 Stars
    6
  • 1 Stars
    5
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    554
  • 4 Stars
    124
  • 3 Stars
    35
  • 2 Stars
    8
  • 1 Stars
    3

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great Story, Poor Accents

Having listened to Stephen Briggs narrate a lot of the newer Discworld novels I had no concerns in adding this to my collection. Alas I feel he was not on form with the character voices this time around...

Poor over the top Germanic accents for the people of Bad Blintz, the Rats appear to come from all over the UK from Wales to the west county. The Michael Caine impresstion for Darktan says it all really.

Enjoy the story, as I do with all of the Discworld novels, but the voice acting almost made me give up on this one alas. A shame that Tony Robinson only voiced the abridged edition as it sounds much superior...

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

The narration spoiled this for me

Read the book to my eldest two and then bought this for a car journey with my daughter - the story is excellent, but i really didn't like the accents used by Briggs for Maurice et al. I recommend reading this not listening to it

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars

No child's book

As been said, Briggs is on his voice's limit. I felt the same at the last Tiffany novel. (Anyway I prefer Planer.)
The story makes one feel uneasy and it is much to cruel for a child's book.
Cats have personality and are not just pure instinct.
All animals can speak but one has to learn to listen!

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Sorry but really not really.

Steven Briggs lacks the ability to breath life into any character and barely provides a different voice between character, another character, something made worse when a group of characters are closely gathered and conversing on mass; what makes this even worse is there is no discernable difference between Character Speach and Textual Narrative. It is all one big muddy fluster cluck.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

You gotta dance to the music, if you want to stay ahead.

Brilliant. There are no other words for this book written by the amazing Terry Pratchett. Again the performance was great, though I still prefer Nigel Planer...

The story is about a cat called Maurice, a boy called Keith and a lot of talking rats. It’s an epic children’s tale where the good guys eventually win and is well worth the read/listen to.

Thoroughly enjoyable 😊

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

I'm 6 and I loved it. SPOILERS(just details)

I liked this story, my favourite character was dark tan. He sounded cool and had a tool belt with a sword.
The story made me think and was funny too.
I would like to know how the story was written and would like Terry to do more stories about dark tan & Maurice going to the dark forest.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars

Fantastic

It's a fantastic story and would have gotten 5stars, except Stephen Briggs constantly mispronounced Maurice as Morris..

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

To pronounce Maurice

I love this book, I always have but the man reading this pronounced Maurice as "morris" like a Morris dances and I couldn't get past it - it's just the way I pronounce it as Maurice (crazy old Maurice they say crazy old Maurice - from beauty and the beast) so it just completely put me off.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars

This story is clever but offers very little humour

It is gory and its suitability as a Childrens' book is extremely questionable. Overall I am disappointed with this purchase.

Superbly read but please listen to the story in its entirety before offering to your Children

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Dammed good listen. Want to smile? Get this.

What did you like most about The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents?

All the bits between the opening line to "The end"And I've read the book several times previously. This audio book is the reason why I'll be subscribing to this site. Fantastic.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents?

So many but "Spoiler"When Maurice saves one of the rats. (Can't say any more than that) I actually had a tear in my eye.

Which character – as performed by Stephen Briggs – was your favourite?

Maurice

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This book was guilty of embarrassing me several days in a row. I listened to the book on my mile walk into work every day for a few days. I can't count the amount of times I burst out laughing in the middle of the road, or at a junction. People must have thought I was mad.

Any additional comments?

Very well read, but Why the different accents for the rats? Surely if they were all from the same place they'd all have the same accent? This is only a minor point and I realise it was done to differentiate between the characters.

1 person found this helpful

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Jefferson
  • Jefferson
  • 16-05-11

A Comical Cracked Fairy Tale with a Bite

This was an enjoyable novel, a pleasure to listen to. As a Pratchett novel, it is very funny, with just the right amount of thoughtful and disturbing bits, as it plays with genre cliches and expectations and wittily blurs the differences between "story" and "reality."

Maurice is an amazing cat: self-centered, cocky, scheming, sarcastic, possessed of a good conscience, and sentient. The various rats in "the Clan" are neat, too, Dangerous Beans (the physically weak seer and spiritual leader), Peaches (the irritatingly ethical conscience), Darktan (the experienced and brave trap removal squad leader), Sardines (the entertainer), and so on. The rats' coming to terms with becoming sentient is vividly, humorously, and often poignantly depicted. The animals' stupid looking boy, Keith, has some surprises inside him. The far too imaginative, budding grim fairy tale authoress the Mayor's daughter, Malicia, is an appealing character. And the "evil" villain has a convincing and sad origin. The violent, scheming, arrogant, callous, and cruel side of human nature is tellingly exposed, too. And there are countless guffaw, chuckle, or smile points sprinkled throughout the story.

And Stephen Briggs does a marvelous job reading all the voices of the various characters, giving each one its own accent or pitch or personality and injecting plenty of wit into the already witty novel.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Stef
  • Stef
  • 09-06-21

Fun light read

Worth a listen if you enjoy Terry Pratchett, but not his best work. It is a stand alone story, skit can be skipped if you're going through the discworld books with little loss.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for RICHARD JARVIS
  • RICHARD JARVIS
  • 21-03-20

Fabulous twist on the Pied Piper tale

"To become a leader you have to learn to shout, but then you have to learn how not to". Never get sick of Terry Pratchett's incite.