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.
©2003 Terry and Lyn Pratchett (P)2003 Random House Audio
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?
"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.
"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.
"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.
"Not just a children's book."
The Wee Free Men is, in my opinion, up there with the best of Terry Pratchett's writing. Although I would rate this author's other children's books as well worth the read, they often loose a lot of the humor that makes Pratchett so different from other fantasy authors. This is not the case in this series. The Wee Free Man introduces us to another brilliant and well defined character in the witches series. Tiffany is intelligent, fascinating and unconventional and all the more interesting for being a child. The Wee Free Men are funny and endearing. Don't be put off by the children's story status of this book, here Pratchett has written something that should appeal to everyone.
Stephen Briggs is brilliant as ever as the narrator. As a genuine Pratchett fan and talented voice actor he is able to bring the works to life, conveying all the humor, intelligence and imagination of Pratchett's books into his narrating.
"As fairytale… with and edge"
Wonderfully read, giving life to different characters that make up this witty saga. It is the first of a series but totally independent. Bought it for my daughter, and enjoy listening to it again and again, and that's even though I got the book which I read both to myself and my children ;)
"Superb story and narration"
Firstly, the book which as always with TP is superb and supremely brought to life by Mr Stephen Briggs who, personally, I have always felt has MUCH more depth to his interpretation to the characters voices and idiosyncrasies than either of his main predecessors. Please, this is just a personal view and I respect totally the other comments in other reviews. Once again a great listen and thank you Mr Pratchett.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.