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Description

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

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Female main character, male performer

As most Terry Pratchett books ti keeps getting better and gives you a great ending. However it bothered me tge selection of a male performer to a cast of mostly female characters.

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  • HF
  • 19/12/2012

Wonderful entertainment for bright pre-teens

This was a great pick for a bookish 11-year-old who is a big Monty Python and Douglas Adams fan. It gets the big thumbs-up from me (his mother), too.

Characteristically Terry Pratchett--funny and sharp, and deceptively wise and touching in parts. Tiffany, who is 9 when this starts, is a terrific girl character: brave, resourceful and the hero of the piece. The Wee Free Men are hilarious; just part of the charm of Stephen Briggs' excellent narration.

You do have to be on your game: the Men, aka Nac Mac Feegles aka pictsies, have thick Scottish accents. And Pratchett trusts his readers to keep up, rather than spoon-feeding them. For me, that makes it all the more enjoyable.

I chose this hoping it would work for my 9-y-o daughter as well. She enjoyed the first few hours, but did lose interest a little, perhaps due to listening in interrupted sessions rather than on a long car journey. But the 11-y-o just loved it, and is still quoting from it.

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  • Sidsel
  • 31/08/2012

Loved the accents

Very very enjoyable. I laughed out loud a number of time. The Wee Free Men are really funny and have made all English into Scottish in my head today. I can strongly recommend the audiobook. Stephen Briggs has done a great job with this one!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06/08/2018

Audio adds another layer of enjoyment

I already loved this book...Then I received the one illustrated by Stephen Player and I loved it even more...Now, listening to Stephen Briggs breathe life to the Mac Nac Feegles just made it all "more". I finally know what they sound like! Mr. Briggs' performance was superb. He gave distinct voices for different characters: male, female, young and old... I will be getting the other audiobooks featuring Tiffany Aching and the wee free men.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 03/05/2018

Brilliant and I love Stephen's personal touch...<br />

Brilliant and I love Stephen's personal touch in voice to each caracter. Thank you so much

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  • Vilborg Davidsdottir
  • 17/07/2017

Fantastic

Great book, loved listening to Briggs. From now on I know exactly what a Nac MacFeegle sounds like.

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  • Bronwyn
  • 04/09/2013

Loved It!

What made the experience of listening to The Wee Free Men the most enjoyable?

Really funny story, which in my opinion is his funniest!

What about Stephen Briggs’s performance did you like?

This performance did the story justice!

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  • Ava
  • 28/05/2012

Wee Free Men

Would you consider the audio edition of The Wee Free Men to be better than the print version?

Rarely do I enjoy listening to performances of a material more than actually reading the book. This was one case. The narrator was amazing, hilarious, and engaging.

What did you like best about this story?

Quirky fun story, as most Pratchett novels are. I laughed out loud in quite a few places. Well worth the read, especially for any Pratchett fan.

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  • Listens-a-lot
  • 04/05/2012

Great Book, Could use a bit more editing!

I buy these books for my 12 year old, and am happy to have an excuse to listen to YA stories, which I secretly really enjoy. Pratchett was recommended to me, and I very much enjoyed this first book in this series. The books are funny, the characters engaging and the narration is great. There is nothing in them to worry a parent and my daughter gives it a two thumbs-up rating - "wonderful, loved-it."

I did, however, find myself wondering what happened to the editor. There were mouth noises throughout this recording, which is why I docked this book one star in the overall rating. As an audiobook publisher myself, this was actually somewhat of a relief (so good to know that we all make mistakes sort of thing), and really, while it was a bit distracting, it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book. And I do note that the second book is absolutely clean - I'm half way through and not one lip smack.

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  • Jacobus
  • 18/02/2012

The Wee Free Men makes the book

If you could sum up The Wee Free Men in three words, what would they be?

Nasty, naughty and nice

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Its difficult to say. I think the

Have you listened to any of Stephen Briggs???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

His Discworld performances are very much the same - excellent. I don't think you can add much to his performance. He is a good narrator that bring the text alive as if the Nag Mac Feegle might just crawl out of your ears.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Big surprises come in small packages... except for cats

Any additional comments?

Its worthwhile to listen to, but definitely one of the Discworld novels that are not so much of a page turner. The humour is sharp, but maybe one can say same old same old, nothing much to think over... maybe that is what makes it a children's book, but I don't think children is so stupid.

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  • Coral
  • 02/01/2013

In the hinds and the highland of Scotland

Wee Free men is set in the discword but is start of Pratcett's childern books which in someways are a little bit different take on the witches then in Equal Rites. In many ways this book works on Pratcett view of books for Childern : If they don't know it too hard then it might not be and a hint of blood is only offence to the people reading the story to the children.

Actually this is a very clean story and rather more true to English Folklore about Pixies and Elves then some of the more sugaring stuff pressed out.

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  • S. McKnight
  • 19/08/2018

Brilliant!

Brilliant narrator! I've already bought the rest of the wee free men books read by him because of how amazingly he does it. Also, Terry Pratchett is such a brilliant writer. We own all the Discworld books in hard copy but are now collecting them in audio form through Audible. Keep up the awesome work! Oh and although it's technically a "children's book", it's a great read for "children" of any age!