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Editorial Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: Interpreting an imagination as outrageous (and beloved) as Terry Pratchett's poses interesting challenges: What exactly does a Feegle sound like? Luckily, narrator Stephen Briggs is up to the task, and gives voice to witch-in-training Tiffany Aching and the wildly magical characters of Pratchett's third young adult novel with delight, panache, and a bit of playful abandon. Listeners have called Brigg's rendition of Rob Anybody his "crowning achievement". — Ed Walloga
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Publisher's Summary

Tiffany Aching, the boldest heroine ever to swing a frying pan against the forces of evil, is beginning her apprenticeship in magic. She expects to work hard, learn spells, and become a witch. She doesn't expect to find herself doing chores, caring for the careless, and trying to outthink an ill-tempered nanny goat. There must be more to witchcraft than this! But as Tiffany pursues her calling, an insidious, disembodied creature pursues Tiffany. When it strikes, neither Mistress Weatherwax (the greatest witch in the world) nor the six-inch-high Wee Free Men (the greatest thieves in the world) can save her.
Outrageous comedy blends with pulse-racing suspense in this compelling sequel to The Wee Free Men.
©2004 Terry Pratchett (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Compelling and hilarious. Stephen Briggs's superb narration brings to life the trials, setbacks, and triumphs of Tiffany, as well as Pratchett's trademark humor. Briggs's performance is finely tuned and gives clear nuance to the characters." (AudioFile)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Joyce on 01-11-05

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Another great book from Terry Pratchett. Hear <i>The Wee Free Men</i> first, then move right on to this one. Good listening!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Uncle Olaf on 07-16-05

That'll do.

Tiffany has already shown she could stand against the Elf Queen. What could be worse?

Of course, herself.

I've read every other Pratchett I could find and listened to others. I've repeatedly heard Granny Weatherwax state that being a witch isn't about doing magic and that doing magic isn't the hard part - Wizards do it all the time! Still, seeing Tiffany prove that the hardest part of being a witch is NOT doing magic... priceless.

Pratchett also deals well with practical matters. From the conservation of mass: What would happen to all the leftover stuff, when you turn someone into a frog?, to more philsophical matters: If you could do anything you wanted to do, how could you stop yourself? Could you stop yourself?

And he hides it all in a story about a girl who really makes good cheese.

Steven Briggs is a genius. How could you come up with a voice for a guy like Rob Anybody? Steven knows. Again, Pratchet could have left out every description of who was speaking, at any given moment, and we would know. Steven is that good!

If you never have read or listened to ANY of Pratchett's novels, listen to this one. It touches on obligations, desires, doubts, and how to make things come out right anyway. Oh yeah, and about stepping clear of any Big Job, whose left elbow seems to be talking to his knees.

Granny Aching would be standing at the gate, with both Thunder and Lightning by her side. She would give Pratchett and Briggs her absolute seal of approval in a nod and a "That'll do."

There is no higher praise.

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