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.
©2001 Terry and Lyn Pratchett; (P)2001 Isis Publishing Ltd
"Great story, well told - one reservation"
I've been reading the Discworld series since the early days and am an avid fan. When I discovered the audible versions I was delighted to find how well they have been read by Stephen Briggs and Nigel Planer and loved the variety of the characters. My only reservation on this book was that it showed the narrator's limits up - it was hard to listen to some of the conversations and not wonder what Captain Vimes of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch was doing as a rat in some tunnels in Uberwald!
"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!
"Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents"
Terry Pratchett is one of the best authors in the universe. Amazing Maurice is astoundingly funny and very true to life in lots of comparative ways. Everybody should read it - and learn!
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