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  • The Wee Free Men

  • Discworld, Book 30
  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (2,204 ratings)

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Summary

Up on the chalk downs they call The Wold, witches are banned - ever since the Baron's son vanished in the woods. Anyway, as all witches know, chalk's no good for magic.

Nine-year-old Tiffany Aching thinks her Granny Aching - a wise shepherd - might have been a witch, but now Granny Aching is dead and it's up to Tiffany to work it all out when strange things begin happening: a fairy-tale monster in the stream, a headless horseman and, strangest of all, the tiny blue men in kilts, the Wee Free Men, who have come looking for the new 'hag'. These are the Nac Mac Feegles, the pictsies, who like nothing better than thievin', fightin' and drinkin'.

Then Tiffany's young brother goes missing and Tiffany and the Wee Free Men must join forces to save him from the Queen of the Fairies.

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

©2003 Terry and Lyn Pratchett (P)2003 Random House Audio

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Great fun - and wise too

I discovered the Tiffany Aching series when I was nearly 60, and couldn't imagine why it was classified as a children's book. It is so complex and layered and hilarious and wise - I recommend to any adult who is still able to suspend disbelief and dive into a world of imagination. But children also love it. I just listened to the audiobook with my 9 year old grandson who grinned during nearly every paragraph and often squealed with delight. Didn't bother him in the least that the hero is a girl - although I suspect that may keep it off the list of books recommended for boys. My husband (nearly 70 and doesn't usually like fantasy) also listened and loved it for its wisdom, humour and complexity - and the absolutely fabulous reader.

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Well worth a listen

Great plot, links well with favourites from the main Discword novels, all ages should enjoy. The narration by Stephen Briggs is excellent, looking forward to the sequels.

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Fabulous fun

Terry Pratchett doesn't disaapoint in this hugely entertaining book. My son, age 10, seemed to cope with most of the slight anachronisms...what is space invaders Mum?, Why is he called Yo-less? ... and enjoyed the book. Is there a sequel Mum?

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Thoughtful, charming and wickedly funny

Fabulous story, brilliantly read by Stephen Briggs. Don't be put off by it being a 'Children's Book' either... yes, youngsters will love it, but anyone who loves fairy tales, adventures, drama and comedy will love it too.

Strangely familiar characters appear and you'll find yourself in the midst of a dream world... and if you're like me, then you'll savour the end and feel a bit sad when it's finished.

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A good, nicely paced story - challenging narrative

A lovely story, sometimes a little chilling, as it ought to be. Mr Briggs does for the Glasgow accent what Dick van Dyke did for the Cockney accentb it's interesting...

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brilliant!

easy to listen to, brilliant story, Terry is a fantastic writer and paints such a picture in your head.

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Not just for kids

I love this book - it makes me laugh outloud every time I listen to it! Love the strong heroine, love the quirky story, love the wry clever humor that I find so typical in Terry Pratchett's books. The brilliant reading by Stephen Briggs brought it alive for me. Highly recommend!

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Great easy listen book

book is aimed at children but is a nice easy listen for adult followers of Terry Pratchett. good story line introducing the wee free men.

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Laugh out loud funny

Absolutely loved this, impossible to listen without laughing out loud, Mr Pratchett's finest hour!
I'm off to look for the Wee Free Men :-)

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Awesome

Love all the pratchett books especially the witch ones and thing Stephen Briggs is great at narrating them would definitely recommend these audio books to everyone.

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  • HF
  • 19-12-12

Wonderful entertainment for bright pre-teens

This was a great pick for a bookish 11-year-old who is a big Monty Python and Douglas Adams fan. It gets the big thumbs-up from me (his mother), too.

Characteristically Terry Pratchett--funny and sharp, and deceptively wise and touching in parts. Tiffany, who is 9 when this starts, is a terrific girl character: brave, resourceful and the hero of the piece. The Wee Free Men are hilarious; just part of the charm of Stephen Briggs' excellent narration.

You do have to be on your game: the Men, aka Nac Mac Feegles aka pictsies, have thick Scottish accents. And Pratchett trusts his readers to keep up, rather than spoon-feeding them. For me, that makes it all the more enjoyable.

I chose this hoping it would work for my 9-y-o daughter as well. She enjoyed the first few hours, but did lose interest a little, perhaps due to listening in interrupted sessions rather than on a long car journey. But the 11-y-o just loved it, and is still quoting from it.

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  • Listens-a-lot
  • 04-05-12

Great Book, Could use a bit more editing!

I buy these books for my 12 year old, and am happy to have an excuse to listen to YA stories, which I secretly really enjoy. Pratchett was recommended to me, and I very much enjoyed this first book in this series. The books are funny, the characters engaging and the narration is great. There is nothing in them to worry a parent and my daughter gives it a two thumbs-up rating - "wonderful, loved-it."

I did, however, find myself wondering what happened to the editor. There were mouth noises throughout this recording, which is why I docked this book one star in the overall rating. As an audiobook publisher myself, this was actually somewhat of a relief (so good to know that we all make mistakes sort of thing), and really, while it was a bit distracting, it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book. And I do note that the second book is absolutely clean - I'm half way through and not one lip smack.

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  • Brinley
  • 06-08-18

Audio adds another layer of enjoyment

I already loved this book...Then I received the one illustrated by Stephen Player and I loved it even more...Now, listening to Stephen Briggs breathe life to the Mac Nac Feegles just made it all "more". I finally know what they sound like! Mr. Briggs' performance was superb. He gave distinct voices for different characters: male, female, young and old... I will be getting the other audiobooks featuring Tiffany Aching and the wee free men.

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  • Sidsel
  • 31-08-12

Loved the accents

Very very enjoyable. I laughed out loud a number of time. The Wee Free Men are really funny and have made all English into Scottish in my head today. I can strongly recommend the audiobook. Stephen Briggs has done a great job with this one!

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  • Ben
  • 01-06-22

"all watches are selfish,

So use selfishness as a weapon."
my favorite quote from all of Sir Terry marvellous works is in this book, and Briggs' reading of it gave it perfect life.
A superlative little adventure, crafted expertly.

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  • Trotto
  • 06-12-20

i love it!

i cant do scottish accents in my head so the audiobook was perfect! what a good book.. fantastic writing and excellent reading!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-11-20

hilarious

it was sooooo funny both me and my daughter love it! did I mention it was funny?🤣🤣🤣

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  • Barbara Ferreira
  • 24-07-20

Great story and really funny voices

Great story and really funny voices from the narrator. I cannot imagine the wee free men with another voice now.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-05-18

Brilliant and I love Stephen's personal touch...

Brilliant and I love Stephen's personal touch in voice to each caracter. Thank you so much

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  • Vilborg Davidsdottir
  • 17-07-17

Fantastic

Great book, loved listening to Briggs. From now on I know exactly what a Nac MacFeegle sounds like.