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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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Fantastic all around.

"Who wrote that book you had on yesterday, where is the app to play it?"

"Don't start it again till you pick me up"

"My shoes take a long time to tie and my hair is extra messy so I need to brush it for longer, don't turn it off"

"You didn't listen to any without me did you?"

"Is there anymore?"

"Next one!"


The above are snippets from my daughters journey into what I hope will be an ongoing fondness for Pratchett and Discworld.

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Bring back Nigel. Briggs is the worst narrator

I had to give up halfway on this book. Briggs finally got to me. His narration is so terrible, whats with the clicking after every sentence. Im amazed they stuck with him though to the end of the series.

Please bring back Nigel. I didn't realise the leas role was a gangsta from a bad 80s show. Briggs your performances are getting worse!

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Good Story But...

The voice actor for the boy needs to be changed. I'm only half way through the first chapter and I already can't stand his voice. Please for the love of god change it then I might actually be able to finish the book without wanting to throw my laptop across the room after shouting "For gods sake shut up," at the screen.

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I loved the book and the narrator was great the book was very funny

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Easy listen "Beginner" Discworld story

Not just for young readers this is a perfect way to introduce Discworld to anyone new to the Pratchett-verse known as Discworld. This is the only Discworld story I have listened to before reading and thanks to Stephen Briggs' excellent narration, accents and expression I look forward to enjoying the novel in its written version soon. Very good starter book for those new to Discworld as this is a true stand-alone novel these characters do not appear in any other Disc stories. Terry Pratchett is master of creating mirror worlds that reflect the good the bad and the ugly of humanity and has enough grit and suspense to keep adults engaged without resorting to gratuitous violence rhat wiuld be unsuitable for young people. Great listen with kids 10+ years.

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Pratchett what else to say

as always Pratchett delivers. Stephen is a fantastic narrater and it is refreshing to have the unabridged version of the story.

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I love a good story

As with most of the series, Pratchett manages to create a world of lovable characters, suspense, danger and intrigue, but with the laugh out loud comical timing and hilarity that made me burst out laughing in the supermarket.
A great read, up there with the watch series.

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Recommended

Narrator excellent. Story? TPratchett, excellent. Moral and philosophical and delightfully presented. I don't need more words as the program demands fill its number quota. Ah done it

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fantastic, I'm a dedicated Pratchett fan

fantastic, I'm a dedicated Pratchett fan, first time reading Maurice and the kids loved it

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  • Jefferson
  • 16-05-2011

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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  • RICHARD JARVIS
  • 21-03-2020

Fabulous twist on the Pied Piper tale

"To become a leader you have to learn to shout, but then you have to learn how not to". Never get sick of Terry Pratchett's incite.

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  • jinrai
  • 05-01-2018

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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  • TrickstersDaughter
  • 07-11-2016

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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  • russell
  • 07-05-2020

I'm 6 and I loved it. SPOILERS(just details)

I liked this story, my favourite character was dark tan. He sounded cool and had a tool belt with a sword.
The story made me think and was funny too.
I would like to know how the story was written and would like Terry to do more stories about dark tan & Maurice going to the dark forest.

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  • sean williams
  • 12-08-2018

Fantastic

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

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  • mollyeyre
  • 27-07-2015

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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  • Arnold Seivwright
  • 22-12-2020

pretty damn good

very good, lovely story and wonderful perspective on what life could be like If you where small and hated

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  • Savita
  • 17-09-2020

Prachets work of art!!!!!!!!!!🎖🏅🥇🏆

Amazing book and I adored it. It was a great novel and charmingly funny 😁 BUY THIS 📚 HAS A NEW CAR 🚙 THIS WEEK AND HOPEFULLY THIS WEEK WOULD make you think 🤔 I want a new day of the year with a good day in my car 🚘

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  • Jordan Stott
  • 19-08-2020

Another brilliant book

Yet another amazing book in the Discworld series. I really enjoy these books and how they're read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-01-2020

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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  • Matt Austin
  • 02-01-2020

brilliant

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

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