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Eleven-year-old Tiffany Aching wants to be a real witch. But a real witch doesn't casually step out of her body, leaving it empty. Tiffany does and there's something just waiting for a handy body to take over - something ancient and horrible, which can't die. Now Tiffany's got to learn to be a real witch quickly, with the help of arch-witch Mistress Weatherwax and the truly amazing Miss Level.  

Crivens! And us!

Oh, yes. And the Nac Mac Feegle, the rowdiest, toughest, smelliest bunch of fairies ever to be thrown out of Fairyland for being drunk at two in the afternoon. They'll fight anything.

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©2004 Terry and Lyn Pratchett (P)2004 Isis Publishing Ltd

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Amazing author and the mixed accent narration

Some voices still a mixture of Scottish and Swedish. Amazingly wonderful. He is greatly missed

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Delightful. A great follow up to Wee Free Men

Another enthralling performance by Stephen Briggs and a wonderfully entertaining story by the late Sir Terry Pratchett.
Being 11 is hard. Tiffany Aching is now a Witch-in-Training and has to figure out how to escape an ancient creature who wants her powers for itself, while making new friends and learning to fly a broomstick (without losing her breakfast). Thankfully she can always count on the Rob Anybody and the rest of the Nac Mac Feegle to back her up, even when she is face to face with Death himself.

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quality magic story/story about magic of stories

In the disc world, the Tiffany Aching books are up there with 'monstrous regiment' and 'going postal', for me. Pratchett was always clever, witty and funny, but matured beautifully into a less boysey, more mellow and with this flavour somehow more universally ' true ' tales of what humans are about and what makes magic... magic. loved it.

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like visiting an old friend.

i have enjoyed these books for many years and having it read so beautifully was a real treat.

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A Hat-Full of Sky

Another very sweet Tiffany Aching YA novel. Full of adventure with her Nac MAC Feegles Friends. And written with the loving respect for his characters and stories, TPrachett always gives.

One little let down was Stephen Briggs’ (who is usually really brilliant, and quite spot-on…) Witch Level’s accent. It reminded me of Stephen Fry’s Hitchhiker Guide Series, “American” accents - the more I think about it, the more it had the timbre of ‘Marvin, the paranoid android’!
Just something that grated, as *all* his other voices are fantastic; and I probably would’ve preferred another regional British accent. But that’s my preference- and he’s probably looking to do ‘something a little bit different’. For me, unfortunately, it just fell flat.

However, as I said It’s another great little TPratchett YA Tiffany Aching book. Where we see Tiffany, use her head, heart and magic to work her way out of some seemingly insurmountable problems.

A really great book for kid as young as 8+

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  • Judy
  • 15-05-2012

Another excellent Pratchett!

This is the second of the books about Tiffany Aching and the Wee Free Men. Although they are listed as children's books, they are definitely aimed at the older literate child who loves words. I found this, as I usually do with Pratchett, difficult to 'put down' - it contains plenty to keep the more mature adult intrigued and amused.

This is the story of Tiffany's journey off the Chalk to begin her witches' apprenticeship with Miss Level. In it she defeats a Hiver, a creature that cannot be killed. While it is possible to 'read' Pratchett's Discworld books in any order and still find them entertaining, they do build on one another, so I would recommend reading or listening to "The Wee Free Men" first, especially if you haven't read any Pratchett before. A nodding acquaintence with Granny Weatherwax and Nanny Ogg from any of the witch-focussed books in the series would also help. "Equal Rites" would be a good place to start.

Stephen Briggs does an excellent job of reading quite complex material with a large cast of characters. He finds consistent recognisable voices for the main characters, using a range of regional accents from the UK. He clearly enjoys reading Pratchett and understands his material well.

My one problem is that Pratchett starts of with a glossary of characters and it is very difficult to flip back to this in an audiobook when you want to know who or what a particular person represents.

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  • Avinash
  • 06-09-2010

A must buy

Stephen Briggs does a brilliant job, and is truly one of the best audiobook narrators. As far as the book itself, hey it's a Pratchett. And that says it all.

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  • Alice
  • 25-04-2020

second listen, still as good!

very inspiring, great story for young women and feminists. all characters are deep and lovable. Stephen Briggs is fantastic

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  • Aysha
  • 17-06-2019

do i really need to rate a Terry Pratchett's book?

another excellent book by Terry Pratchett, i didn't expect anything less. The very first page will get hooked and you won't put the book down i'm sure. the story flow smoothly and connect everything together in a marvelous way, you'll never feel a dull moment or that the story is stretched in unnecessary way. I always appreciate his sense of humor but i got to say the nac mac feegle took it to a whole new level in this book, i was laughing out loud every time they made an appearance even in serious situations. having other characters from the Disc world series make an appearance was the cherry on top.

Stephen Briggs did an amazing job narrating this book. i can't imagine anyone else doing better job than him. He is by far my favorite narrator on audible. wish he narrated all of Terry Pratchett's books.

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  • Francis Mc Menamin
  • 27-09-2018

Discworld coming alive

I love all of Terry Pratchett’s books and have read all more than once. I did not think that I would enjoy listening to an audio book of my favourite stories.
Stephen Briggs brings this story to life. The way he voices each character and the well read the story makes you listen to the end. Definitely worth it to purchase and spend time on.

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  • M. D. Baines
  • 21-02-2018

Fabulous read at any age

This book was full of the kind of stuff I would've loved as a precocious little 12 year old, myself. When I read it, it's like I'm feeding the child that used to be me. It's full of lessons for both of us.
Terry Pratchett was truly a master. Stephen Briggs really nails the narration, which is a bit of a surprise given the majority of the cast are female. Do yourself, your kids, your inner child, a favour and read these books.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-08-2012

Fantastic story with depth

What made the experience of listening to A Hat Full of Sky the most enjoyable?

Great story. I love the way the best witches are grounded by doing the community nursing and social work about the place. There's a lot of real life philosophy in it all - including how we all have darker thoughts, but should behave otherwise.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Hat Full of Sky?

I love how Rob Anybody won't let Tiffany face trouble on her own. He's a loyal friend and protector. I also liked Horace the Cheese.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I hated the accent he gave Miss Level. Just painful to listen to. Anna-Gramma was performed brilliantly.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Terry Pratchett always makes me laugh, and think. And think about the way I think.

Any additional comments?

My nearly 10 year old followed it better than my nearly 8 year old.

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  • 25-09-2018

Best advice for a witch

As a witch who is only really just learning her craft after a lifetime bumbling around not realising fully how powerful I am, this has come at the perfect moment, catching me before I cackle too much. I mean, I love a cackle, but it's been a beautiful story-lesson in how all the craft learning is for the benefit of others and not your own. Dear Pratchett, wherever you are, I'm glad I've found you again xxx

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  • Allen Hanley
  • 20-04-2016

Great Pratchett

Great story. Narrator sadly not quite right on some accents. Miss Level sounded badly American!

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  • Sara
  • 12-07-2017

Brilliant!

This is a deep funny remarkable story about being human. I'm 52 and loved it. It's a shame it you don't listen to because it's labelled as a children's story. it ain't just that

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  • Ms Jane Feasey
  • 06-05-2017

Pink rhinoceros

Tiffany achin is a character of potential. I wonder what terry's plans were for her. I enjoyed this book and it can easily be read by not so young peple, I generally ignore the young peoples fiction heading. A good books a good book. Besides anything that has granny weatherwax and nanny ogg in from time to time is a blessing .

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  • Edmund
  • 30-12-2014

Very Enjoyable

Would you consider the audio edition of A Hat Full of Sky to be better than the print version?

Having not read the book prior to listening I cant say how well it translates to audio though I thought that Brigg's interpretation of the story was really good.

What did you like best about this story?

Despite this being a story "for children" (and being in the "Children's Discworld Series") this was thoroughly enjoyable for an adult. There were aspects of humour that are identifiably Pratchett and kept me laughing all along the way.

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

I've listened to Brigg's version of Theif of Time, and his style suits the Discworld series very well. He personalises the characters brilliantly.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I did enjoy listening to this and it has made me consider reading/listening to the rest of the Tiffany series. If the rest of them are as good as this, then it'll be a good decision.

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  • Sacha100
  • 16-05-2018

Mr.Pratchett excellent as ever.

Terry Pratchett really was a champion for women, he captures so many wonderful and curious female qualities and attributes that pass most men by AND he's very funny. There's definitely magic in his prose.

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  • Rebecca Mapplebeck
  • 08-03-2016

Enjoyed by 8 year old and 41 year old alike.

Compulsive listening, enjoyed by the whole family. A lot of clever detail and also made us laugh.

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  • Janine
  • 06-06-2014

Impossilbe to review. Beware the Nac Mac Feagles.

How does one review Terry Pratchett?

Although this is described as a children's book, a good deal of the humour is Terry P's signature off-the-wall-belly-laugh-till-you-cry humour.

It seems somehow redundant to describe the plot. All you really need to know is it includes Granny Weatherwax, Tiffany Aching and Nac Mac Feagles. No more need be said!! Some of TP's best characters ever.

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  • Kiz
  • 22-07-2017

more adventures with Tiffany

a great book. wonderful story. it's all about the story...
hang around for the authors note at the end.

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  • Muppet
  • 15-06-2008

Now I'm Hooked...

I love Terry Pratchett books and love listening to a book at bedtime - so this is my perfect find! The book itself is typical pratchett, well written and good story. Have to say though still prefer the earlier books.

Stephen Briggs is good but I would have preferred Tony Robinson -he seems to bring the characters to life a bit better.

Still a good listen though - here's too many more to come!

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