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Eleven-year-old Tiffany Aching wants to be a real witch. But a real witch doesn't casually step out of her body, leaving it empty. Tiffany does, and there's something just waiting for a handy body to take over - something ancient and horrible, which can't die. Now Tiffany's got to learn to be a real witch quickly, with the help of arch-witch Mistress Weatherwax and the truly amazing Miss Level. "Crivens! And us!"
Oh, yes. And the Nac Mac Feegle, the rowdiest, toughest, smelliest bunch of fairies ever to be thrown out of Fairyland for being drunk at two in the afternoon. They'll fight anything.
©2004 Terry and Lyn Pratchett (P)2004 Isis Publishing Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By Judy on 05-15-12

Another excellent Pratchett!

This is the second of the books about Tiffany Aching and the Wee Free Men. Although they are listed as children's books, they are definitely aimed at the older literate child who loves words. I found this, as I usually do with Pratchett, difficult to 'put down' - it contains plenty to keep the more mature adult intrigued and amused.

This is the story of Tiffany's journey off the Chalk to begin her witches' apprenticeship with Miss Level. In it she defeats a Hiver, a creature that cannot be killed. While it is possible to 'read' Pratchett's Discworld books in any order and still find them entertaining, they do build on one another, so I would recommend reading or listening to "The Wee Free Men" first, especially if you haven't read any Pratchett before. A nodding acquaintence with Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg from any of the witch-focussed books in the series would also help. "Equal Rites" would be a good place to start.

Stephen Briggs does an excellent job of reading quite complex material with a large cast of characters. He finds consistent recognisable voices for the main characters, using a range of regional accents from the UK. He clearly enjoys reading Pratchett and understands his material well.

My one problem is that Pratchett starts of with a glossary of characters and it is very difficult to flip back to this in an audiobook when you want to know who or what a particular person represents.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Avinash on 09-06-10

A must buy

Stephen Briggs does a brilliant job, and is truly one of the best audiobook narrators. As far as the book itself, hey it's a Pratchett. And that says it all.

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By Allen Hanley on 04-20-16

Great Pratchett

Great story. Narrator sadly not quite right on some accents. Miss Level sounded badly American!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Edmund on 12-30-14

Very Enjoyable

Would you consider the audio edition of A Hat Full of Sky to be better than the print version?

Having not read the book prior to listening I cant say how well it translates to audio though I thought that Brigg's interpretation of the story was really good.

What did you like best about this story?

Despite this being a story "for children" (and being in the "Children's Discworld Series") this was thoroughly enjoyable for an adult. There were aspects of humour that are identifiably Pratchett and kept me laughing all along the way.

Have you listened to any of Stephen Briggs’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I've listened to Brigg's version of Theif of Time, and his style suits the Discworld series very well. He personalises the characters brilliantly.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did enjoy listening to this and it has made me consider reading/listening to the rest of the Tiffany series. If the rest of them are as good as this, then it'll be a good decision.

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By Cage on 02-16-17

Amazing author and the mixed accent narration

Some voices still a mixture of Scottish and Swedish. Amazingly wonderful. He is greatly missed

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 05-28-18

Delightful. A great follow up to Wee Free Men

Another enthralling performance by Stephen Briggs and a wonderfully entertaining story by the late Sir Terry Pratchett.
Being 11 is hard. Tiffany Aching is now a Witch-in-Training and has to figure out how to escape an ancient creature who wants her powers for itself, while making new friends and learning to fly a broomstick (without losing her breakfast). Thankfully she can always count on the Rob Anybody and the rest of the Nac Mac Feegle to back her up, even when she is face to face with Death himself.

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