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A Hat Full of Sky: Discworld Book 32, (Discworld Childrens Book 3) | [Terry Pratchett]

A Hat Full of Sky: Discworld Book 32, (Discworld Childrens Book 3)

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.
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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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    Muppet 15/06/2008
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    "Now I'm Hooked..."

    I love Terry Pratchett books and love listening to a book at bedtime - so this is my perfect find! The book itself is typical pratchett, well written and good story. Have to say though still prefer the earlier books.

    Stephen Briggs is good but I would have preferred Tony Robinson -he seems to bring the characters to life a bit better.

    Still a good listen though - here's too many more to come!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    niall 21/07/2015
    niall 21/07/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "my favourite"

    the best of his work in my opinion
    I can't see why this series is considered for kid's it is fine for kids and adults

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    alison 20/07/2015
    alison 20/07/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome."

    One of my favourite books. I felt like I lived it with Tiffany Aching. Awesome!

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    tmc 19/06/2015
    tmc 19/06/2015 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic children and adults story."

    Great fun story full of comedy. I just with the same narrator would do the full unabridged version.

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    Nel 14/06/2015
    Nel 14/06/2015 Member Since 2011
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    "What is important is People, not things"

    A book full of insight and wisdom. Laugh out loud and deeply melancholy. Imagination and imagery and cleverness and common sense, loyalty and honesty and the everyday made magical. Thoroughly recommended for the young, the young at heart, and the old, and the old before their time. Optimistic, but there are Consequences too. And apart from all that, there are the Nac Mac Feegles. What's not to love?

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    F. Morgan Bristol UK 31/12/2014
    F. Morgan Bristol UK 31/12/2014 Member Since 2012
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    "Magic"

    quote, not mine but in a better world Pratchett would be considered a great writer not just a prolific one.

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    Edmund 30/12/2014
    Edmund 30/12/2014 Member Since 2014

    I'm a fantasy reader and listener mostly but if anything grabs my attention I'll be sure to give it a go.

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    "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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jessie 30/12/2014
    Jessie 30/12/2014 Member Since 2011
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    "Brilliant"

    I absolutely loved the performance of A Hat Full of Sky. Terry Pratchett is inspired.

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    EC W Hove, United Kingdom 09/10/2014
    EC W Hove, United Kingdom 09/10/2014 Member Since 2014

    Runner and mother of two from Hove, UK. Relies on good audiobooks to stop the kids from fighting in the car. Occasionally buys one for her.

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    "Fewer Wee Free Men, but stuffed full of plot"

    My boys (aged 6 and 8) were slightly disappointed that this entire book is not about the Nac Mac Feegle, but there was easily enough mad-cap Pictsy action to keep them going.

    This book features a bit more "girl stuff" (my 6 year old's words) which sees Tiffany leaving home to go into service and learn nursing. Grumbles from the boys turned to delighted attention when this turned out to involve a ghost, a invisible ancient monster that can't be killed, turning someone into a frog and the problems that motion sickness can bring to riding a broomstick. I love Granny Weatherwax. She's definitely my idea of a witch.

    The boys have asked for the next book, and are heading off to Book Week dress up day at school dressed as Nac Mac Feegle. Ah Crivens!

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    Jo Davis 19/09/2014
    Jo Davis 19/09/2014

    An avid reader / listener with eclectic taste from Terry Pratchett to Jane Austen and most stuff in between. (Not keen on horror though).

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    "The best of the Tiffany Aching books"
    What did you like most about A Hat Full of Sky?

    I listened to this with my 12 year old son and 10 year old daughter and at one point at least all three of us were in stitches at the antics of the Nac Mac Feegle.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Hat Full of Sky?

    A whole load of little blue men trying to work together to make one "big man". The knees talking to the feet talking to the head etc - priceless comic writing at its absolute best.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Isn't this the same question as the previous one? Anyway, see answer for previous question!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    To tears of laughter...see above.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish Tony Robinson did the unabridged versions, I don't know who Stephen Briggs is but he isn't, I'm sorry to say, my favourite narrator although he was better in this book than the previous one (or is that because I like this book better?)

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  • Judy
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Avinash
    Mumbai
    06/09/10
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lauderdale, Australia
    27/08/12
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    "Fantastic story with depth"
    What made the experience of listening to A Hat Full of Sky the most enjoyable?

    Great story. I love the way the best witches are grounded by doing the community nursing and social work about the place. There's a lot of real life philosophy in it all - including how we all have darker thoughts, but should behave otherwise.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Hat Full of Sky?

    I love how Rob Anybody won't let Tiffany face trouble on her own. He's a loyal friend and protector. I also liked Horace the Cheese.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I hated the accent he gave Miss Level. Just painful to listen to. Anna-Gramma was performed brilliantly.


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

    Terry Pratchett always makes me laugh, and think. And think about the way I think.


    Any additional comments?

    My nearly 10 year old followed it better than my nearly 8 year old.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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