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Summary

Rats! They're everywhere: in the breadbins, dancing across tabletops, stealing pies from under the cooks' noses. So what does every town need? A good piper to lure them away.

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.

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Fabulous

I haven't read this one for ages, and really enjoyed it on re-reading. Terry Pratchett understands all the nuances of character traits and uses his understanding to build a fantastic cast.
A take on the pied piper of Hamlyn very wittily done with a superb outcome.

I love the common sense Mr Pratchett always shows. My golly he will be SO sorely missed.

I think Stephen Briggs is my favourite for TP novels, though I do like Tony Robinson - who only seems to read the abridged versions.

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Nostalgic

This is one of the first Terry Pratchett books I ever read when I was little. It's got a special place in my heart. Stephen Briggs did an amazing job with the voices and really brought the characters to life. I honestly couldn't recommend this enough. 10/10 from me and peaches

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Great Story, Poor Accents

Having listened to Stephen Briggs narrate a lot of the newer Discworld novels I had no concerns in adding this to my collection. Alas I feel he was not on form with the character voices this time around...

Poor over the top Germanic accents for the people of Bad Blintz, the Rats appear to come from all over the UK from Wales to the west county. The Michael Caine impresstion for Darktan says it all really.

Enjoy the story, as I do with all of the Discworld novels, but the voice acting almost made me give up on this one alas. A shame that Tony Robinson only voiced the abridged edition as it sounds much superior...

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brilliant story with good narration

not entirely convince about Maurice having an American accent but it was brilliantly brought to life with a really entertaining read. this was one of Pratchetts books I'd let go under my radar and am really glad I caught up with it .

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Big TP fan

I just Love this book
I'm a big kid at heart
And Steven Briggs does
A wonderful job at narrating
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great book for kids and adults alike

fantastically written story full of life lessons presented in a ways that children will understand there is something in there for adults also.It's very nuanced so it works on both levels

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Surprisingly good

I was never sure about reading this one as I have loved every discworld book, and worshipped the genius of sir Terry.
But I have to say it was a great listen.
Steven Briggs as always brings the book to life with his unique style.
The writing is dark, twisting, and a laugh out loud.
I have found discworld to be a bit rambling in parts but this book sticks to the story and is well worth the time.

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The narration spoiled this for me

Read the book to my eldest two and then bought this for a car journey with my daughter - the story is excellent, but i really didn't like the accents used by Briggs for Maurice et al. I recommend reading this not listening to it

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Is Dark Tan the Sir Samuel Vimes of the rat world?

Sounds like him when Stephen Briggs narrates. In fact the whole city watch is in there somewhere. Enjoyable stuff just the same.

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Terry Pratchett's The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents

The story of a boy and a cat and some rats that can talk. How, with the aid of a girl who's crazy about stories, they triumph over greed and prejudice to bring peace and justice to a town.

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A Comical Cracked Fairy Tale with a Bite

This was an enjoyable novel, a pleasure to listen to. As a Pratchett novel, it is very funny, with just the right amount of thoughtful and disturbing bits, as it plays with genre clich??s and expectations and wittily blurs the differences between "story" and "reality."

Maurice is an amazing cat: self-centered, cocky, scheming, sarcastic, possessed of a good conscience???and sentient. The various rats in "the Clan" are neat, too, Dangerous Beans (the physically weak seer and spiritual leader), Peaches (the irritatingly ethical conscience), Darktan (the experienced and brave trap removal squad leader), Sardines (the entertainer), and so on. The rats' coming to terms with becoming sentient is vividly, humorously, and often poignantly depicted. The animals' stupid looking boy, Keith, has some surprises inside him. The far too imaginative, budding grim fairy tale authoress the Mayor's daughter, Malicia, is an appealing character. And the "evil" villain has a convincing and sad origin. The violent, scheming, arrogant, callous, and cruel side of human nature is tellingly exposed, too. And there are countless guffaw, chuckle, or smile points sprinkled throughout the story.

And Stephen Briggs does a marvelous job reading all the voices of the various characters, giving each one its own accent or pitch or personality and injecting plenty of wit into the already witty novel.

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