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The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents

Discworld Book 28, (Discworld Childrens Book 1)
Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
Series: Discworld: For Kids, Book 1, Discworld, Book 28
Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
Categories: Children, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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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.

©2001 Terry and Lyn Pratchett (P)2001 Isis Publishing Ltd

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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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Fantastic

It's a fantastic story and would have gotten 5stars, except Stephen Briggs constantly mispronounced Maurice as Morris..

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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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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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The amazing Terry Pratchett

Loved it didn't stop listening till it was finished! Terry pratchett disc world novels are captivating

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brilliant

as always really good and can't wait to read the next in the series. Brilliant

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Good not great

Good story. Wasn’t amazing. Frustrating at times due to lack of point.
Read brilliantly though with different voices by Stephen Briggs.

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WOW<br /><br />AMAZING<br /><br />AWESOME<br /><br />FANTASTICAL<br /><br />TERRIFIC

wow. ehat a brilliant story it was. it was amazingly awesome in a funny way

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Great story, spoiled slightly by recording errors.

Great story, another excellent performance but spoiled slightly by some recording errors in the last chapter.

This is worth a read or a listen.

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You gotta dance to the music, if you want to stay ahead.

Brilliant. There are no other words for this book written by the amazing Terry Pratchett. Again the performance was great, though I still prefer Nigel Planer...

The story is about a cat called Maurice, a boy called Keith and a lot of talking rats. It’s an epic children’s tale where the good guys eventually win and is well worth the read/listen to.

Thoroughly enjoyable 😊

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  • 16-05-11

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 cliches 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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