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The Shepherd's Crown

Discworld, Book 41
Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
Series: Discworld: Tiffany Aching, Book 5, Discworld, Book 41
Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
Categories: Children, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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A Shivering of Worlds.

Deep in the Chalk, something is stirring. The owls and the foxes can sense it and Tiffany Aching feels it in her boots. An old enemy is gathering strength. This is a time of endings and beginnings, old friends and new, a blurring of edges and a shifting of power. Now Tiffany stands between the light and the dark, the good and the bad. 

As the fairy horde prepares for invasion, Tiffany must summon all the witches to stand with her. To protect the land. Her land. There will be a reckoning.... 

The Final Discworld Novel.

Please note: This is a vintage recording. The audio quality may not be up to modern day standards.

©2015 Random House Audiobooks (P)2015 Random House Audiobooks
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loved every morsel

so much to Love! forever grateful for all the work that has left us so much richer for the telling. thank you to everyone that made this possible.

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The Shepherd's Crown

Taken me a long time to listen to this. Once Terry died I couldn't bring myself to read the book or listen to the audio. So for ages I've been rereading or relistening to the Discworld books, putting off the last book. After The Last Continent, the time was right.
A very emotional book for obvious reasons but what a splendid story. Like scoring a ton in your last innings or a hat-trick in your last match. Typical Terry. Lots of threads beautifully woven

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A wonderful story and sadly his last. RIP Terry

Brilliantly weaved story by the master of fantasy. sad to say it's his last.

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Worth buying.

Made me cry....esp at the end when it talked about Terry's illness. Love the Nac Mc Feebles.

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One too many

Incredibly sad that this is the last book from an incredible world.
I found it very disjointed and none of the themes seemed to fit together.
It is no surprise that it was written at the same time as making steam. But the close involvement of the railway and the Chalk made no sense or even why a urchin fossil was the Shepard's crown and was relevent to Tiffany. Enjoyed some of the characters but that was about it.

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wonderful read

a fitting send off for amazing characters and an amazing man. He is sorely missed but lives on in all of our hearts through amazing works like this one

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An amazing story.

I loved listening to this book and will continue to read all of Terry Pratchett's books.

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A brilliant end

The last book written by Terry Pratchett didn't fall short. A great read and a wonderful listen, Steven Briggs really brings the aching series alive. have listened many time and will continue to listen any time I need to be reminded of the power of knowing exactly who you are.
10/10 recommend the whole series even if you've never read a Terry Pratchett before. start with wee free men and end here. We all end here.

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Brilliant as usual

He has the ability as always to make you laugh and there is always a moral behind his stories, although I love so many of his brilliant characters, Granny and Nanny Ogg have always been my favourite!

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A Grand ending to a Brilliant Authors work

The final book in the Tiffany Aching story, sadly because it is the Authors final work.
Tiffany has to deal with the Death of Granny Weatherwax, trying to take over her stealing, and the return of the Elves.
She is assisted by Jeffery, who wants to become a Witch, and his companion Mephistopheles , an intelligent Goat with sharp hooves and a fierce loyalty to Jeffery.
Add to the mix the Wee Free Men and a lots of witches and it creates a wild ride .

Terry Pratchett's last work, and he will be greatly missed.

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  • Holdfast
  • 13-02-2019

The end...

I am sad that this is the last book. These stories are so crafted and gently clever that they make me happy to read, listen to or just think about them.
RIP Sir Terry

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  • Mr. Jorgensen
  • 07-07-2020

goodbye old ftiend

This is Terry's last book, and it shows. rest in peace, you amazing taleslinger! We will always remember you with wet eyes.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-01-2018

Too Short

Pratchett's last work was quintessentially him, but could have worn being twice the length. Alas, he left us too soon.

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  • jack
  • 02-10-2017

The End

A wonderful end, Unfinished but written as much of his own death as the characters.

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  • Darren Henry
  • 08-09-2017

One of the best.

I am upset as to this being the last ever Terry Pratchett book ever.
I shall start to listen again from the beginning of the discworld series

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  • Kim SilverHorse
  • 03-06-2019

NO DEFINITE ENDING! <br />MASTERPIECE NONE THE LESS!

EXCEPTIONAL MASTERPIECE!

BUT...:

SADLY AN ENDING OR A WRAP-UP LACKS SO CATASTROPHICALLY THAT IT PHYSICALLY HURTS IN YOUR HEART AND BRAIN! ;-(

CRITICISM QUA AND WITH THE GREATEST RESPECT FOR:
SIR TERRY PRATCHETT AS A PERSON

AS SIR PRATCHETT'S PHENOMICALLY PRODUTIVENESS AND DEEPLY DETAILLED AS VARIED WORLD AND UNIVERSE IN DISCWORLD TERMINOLOGY IS ASTOUNDING!!

HAS THE POTENTIAL TO BANG UP TO "STAR WARS", IN MY HUMBLE OPINION

RESPECT ET R.I.P. POSTULATE:

DESPITE SIR TERRY PRATCHETT'S SEVERE ILLNESS HE STILL FINISHED THIS MASTERPIECE THAT SOMEHOW IS SUPPOSED TO ROUND OFF THE "TIFFANY ACHINS" SAGA.

NOT TO MENTION SIR PRATCHETT'S VIVID AND VIGOROUS, AS RIGID AND INDUSTRIOUS PRODUCTIVE AS DWARF STEEL AND DWARFS MAKING SAID DWARF STEEL

SIR TERRY PRATCHETT'S PERSISTENCE IN - WITH A RECORD INHUMAN 14 MORE YEARS OF KEEPING OUTLIVING A PHYSICALLY DESTRUCTIVE EXTREMELY SEVERELY DISABLING ILLNESS

WHICH NONETHELESS:

IS A MENTALLY TORTURING MEDICAL CONDITION ATTACKING THE BRAIN AND MEMORY AND ITS STRUCTURE AS ALSO SADLY AS I UNDERSTAND, CHANGE THE WAY SAID AFFLICTED BRAIN WORKS

LEAST NOT TO MENTION THE EFFECTS OF SAID FOREMENTIONED MEDICAL CONDITIONS AND ITS FOLLOWING VARIOUS AFFLICTIONS!

EVEN THOUGH THE FAMILY AND RELATIVES OF SIR TERRY PRATCHETT, WHOM GREATLY HELPED, SIR - WITH THE LAST 5 BOOKS AND ESPECIALLY THE LAST TIFFANY ACHINGS STORY LINE BOOK, I SAY THIS:

DO NOT COVER BEHIND THE SAME STANDARD STATEMENT OR STATE OF MIND THAT:

MANUSCRIPTS AND STORY LINES ARE NEVER EVER AND WILL NOT BE PUBLISHED!

OR EVEN GRANTED ACCESS TO, AS I UNDERSTAND!

I DO NOT KNOW THIS - BUT! :

WITH THE WAY SIR TERRY PRATCHETT DID WORK AS A WRITER AND CREATIVE SOUL AND PERSON ;

SINCE SIR TERRY PRATCHETT DID SO VIGOROUSLY AND RIDGID INSIST ON FINISHING THE LAST BOOK - THIS ONE I JUST READ, THEN:

AS THE FEEGLES AND TIFFANY ACHINS WOULD SAY AND THINK IN BOTH 1 2 3 AND 4TH THOUGHT AS 2 SIGHT :

IT IS A CRIME AGAINST CULTURE AND THE STORY LINE AND THE WRITER AND:

US!!! THE READERS WHO GREW UP WITH THE GREATEST STORY LINE WITH THE GREATEST DIVERSITY AND GREATEST INTENSITY!

WE ARE DEVOTED

AND IF ANYTHING EXISTS OF A STORY LINE OR DRAFTS OR PAGES OR EVEN JUST AN IDEA SCRIBBLED DOWN FOR A:

DEFINITELY LAST DISCWORLD BOOK AND A DEFINITELY LAST TIFFANY ACHINS BOOK ;

WHICH INCIDENTLY WOULD DO WRAPPING UP AND CREATING AN ENDING OR EXIT HAPPILY EVER AFTER OR EXIT SOUL MATE LESS AND ALONE IN AND WITH HERSELF ; THEN! :

WE DESERVE TO GET IT!!!

SINCE IT IS THE GREATEST WORKING IN A DYNAMIC AND DIVERSE "HELLISHLY" LONG BOOK SERIES AND CATEGORIES OF SUB-SERIES ;


AS TIFFANY ACHINS STORY WHICH SLOWLY WARMS UP TO INVOLVING THE ENTIRETY OF ALL MAJOR CHARACTERS IN ALL FOREMENTIONED SUB-SERIES OR IN THE ENTIRETY OF THE SERIES!

WRITTEN WITH THE GREATEST RESPECT FOR THE WISHES OF SIR TERRY PRATCHETT'S LAST WILL AND WISHES

BUT BE IT SO NOT, THAT IS IT SO ;

THEN HONOUR SIR TERRY AND US READERS AND DEEP FANS BY EITHER YOURSELF MAKING A BANG OF A ROUNDED ENDNING OR HIRING A GHOST WRITER

OR PUBLIC DOMAIN LICENSE ALL THE WRITINGS SIR TERRY PRATCHETT SADLY DID NOT HAVE MORE LIFE ALLOTTED TO BE ABLE TO SO HIMSELF!

WITH THE GREATEST RESPECT FOR SIR TERRY PRATCHETT AND HIS FAMILY AND COLLEAGUES IN WRITING

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  • Katherine
  • 28-08-2015

:'( it's the last one!

Can't believe it is over. I will just have to keep going back to all my favourites! GNU STP

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  • Beccameriel
  • 01-09-2015

Sad & elegiac but also funny because, of course...

I'm not entirely sure I can review this without becoming emotional. The whole book has an elegiac feel but Terry's humane vision shines throughout. Chapter 2 had me in floods of tears as a beloved character prepares for DEATH to pay one last visit. It's impossible not to feel this is Terry himself and, oh dear, I've set myself off again.

Anyway - I love Tiffany and the Nac Mac Feegles but the book also contains call backs to other books - particularly Lords and Ladies (one of my favourites). I'm so glad Magrat gets to channel Queen Ynci again.

Rob Wilkins explains in the afterword that it's not quite as finished as Terry wanted but I honestly don't think you can tell. Stephen Briggs does an excellent job narrating, as ever.

We were so lucky to have had Terry to show us our world and our better selves with wild imagination and laughter that never really hides his righteous anger.

I suppose you could read this without reading any of the other Tiffany Aching or witch books but why would you deny yourself the pleasure of getting to know this world and these characters.

Obviously the last words should go to DEATH, "WE ARE ALL FLOATING IN THE WINDS OF TIME … AND YOU HAVE LEFT THE WORLD MUCH BETTER THAN YOU FOUND IT, AND IF YOU ASK ME, NOBODY COULD DO ANY BETTER THAN THAT." Indeed.

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  • Tales of a Librarian
  • 04-10-2015

A fitting conclusion

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes - excellently performed and brilliant story. Accessible to everyone not just Terry Pratchett fans.

What does Stephen Briggs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Stephen Briggs really seems to get the pace, irony, wry humour and above all the uplifting underlying message of Terry Pratchett and it shows in his performance

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Tiffany looking at Granny Weatherwax's boots and deciding not to put them on because she doesn't feel ready yet - we've all experienced that moment when we truly become adults and are suddenly dumbfounded at the responsibility.

Any additional comments?

I don't think any Pratchett fan will go into this book devoid of emotional attachment and I'm pretty sure that the fact that this is the last ever disc world book will colour my review. That said, what a high note to go out on! This pulls together many of the loose discworld threads and delivers a very satisfying conclusion. In the same way that Raising Steam pulled together a lot of threads from the city/ grand folk side of things, The Shepherd's Crown looks at the smaller but no less important lives of the country folk. Seeing discworld for the last time through the eyes of the witches was the perfect way to go. As well as being a thumping good read, this also gently prods us to look Death in his kindly skeletal face and accept him as part of life, to examine the necessity of being kind as much as you can, of respecting each other and helping each other. Of trying to reach accord with enemies with whom you think you have nothing in common, that you have demonised because they have done monstrous things. Not that this book lectures - like the witches it teaches by example.Tiffany is an excellent character to close on. She's grown up and feels the full weight of her responsibility now. She is unsure of herself and whether she can fill the gap left behind by the death of another character. It is the uncannily accurate portrayal of a young person really committing themselves to the life they have chosen that makes this even more poignant. And of course there are laughs aplenty too because life is afterall very funny, even in its tragic moments. I know everyone has their own Discworld access book - the one that got them in - and their own discworld peak book - after which the writing couldn't get any better, although some feel it suffered. I really became a fan comparatively late. I haven't yet read all the books (maybe 20 or so) and perhaps Pratchett wrote better than this, but I doubt he wrote more wisely. I realise that parts of this book have had the help of the editorial team because he simply couldn't finish it as much as he wanted, and we are told this frankly. I still think this is one of the best books of Pratchett's I've read. Somehow all the themes I most loved came together here. Highly recommend this whether you are a Pratchett fan or not.

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  • Chris
  • 28-08-2015

Another brilliant story

Shame this will be the last book in the disc world series. I am going to be lost without my disc world fix

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  • Melissa
  • 23-09-2015

Farewell

Where does The Shepherd's Crown rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top ten

What other book might you compare The Shepherd's Crown to, and why?

Wintersmith - Tiffany Aching battles with the evil that dwells in people's minds

Which character – as performed by Stephen Briggs – was your favourite?

Geoffery Swivel - his quiet determination to make the world a better place to be in, and his patience, make him a very endearing new character

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

World without Weatherwax

Any additional comments?

I had been wondering how Terry Pratchett would handle the eventual demise of Granny Weatherwax, and this whole book resounds with her life and Tiffany Aching's growing in stature as a leader of witches. Listening to it with the knowledge that this is Terry Pratchett's last book made it extra moving at times, but the book still abounds with plenty of humour and lovely quirky ideas.

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  • Frankie Mouse
  • 02-09-2015

A final trip to the discworld.

A continuation of the story of Tiffany and a goodbye to many of our favorite characters.
Terry managed to include many of his beloved creations in what he must have known would be his last discworld book.
A touching ending.
Not a stand alone novel. Please read the previous books first.

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  • Shane
  • 01-09-2015

Crivens!

If you could sum up The Shepherd's Crown in three words, what would they be?

Waily, waily, waily!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Its a toss up between the Wee little men (Nac Mac Feegle) and Nanny Ogg - they're all good characters but they do stand out for me

What about Stephen Briggs’s performance did you like?

Amazing - I love his impressions for the various characters

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

I couldn't do it, to rush this would have been unfair to Sir Terry. Not that I think he would mind overly one way or the other so long as it was enjoyed - which this was.

Any additional comments?

As most will find, the book does tug at the heart strings at the beginning and throughout but the comic aspect is not lost and it had me laughing a loud on several occasions. I know most feel its a shame we won't get any more books by Sir Terry (and it is, no doubt) but I think they are focusing on what could have been instead of appreciating a wonderful writer, his creative mind and most of all the sense of humor I always enjoyed with the Discworld series.

Truly a crowning achievement indeed (there will be many a pun on the crowning work).

If you like / love Discworld series then this is a must for your collection, good old wee belly rumbler.

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  • tim
  • 28-08-2015

i loved it, but was still sad when it ended

Where does The Shepherd's Crown rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is a good story, with all the elements you expect. It is a good way for this series of books to end. It has the humor you expect, but it has the twist and sadness to. But it will leave you with a smile on your face

What other book might you compare The Shepherd's Crown to, and why?

How can you compare Terry pratchett to anyone else.

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

He is the voice of the Discworld. If i think of a character, it is going to be with his voice.

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

I almost did not want to listen, knowing this is the last ever book. Laugh and cry, because of the story and because it is the end.

Any additional comments?

Will always be in my imagination.

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  • anne
  • 04-09-2015

Sadly the last ever!

A good way to go out. Some parts were very moving and mirrored Terry's own situation. It was a good way for my favourite author and one of my favourite characters to meet the man with the white horse!

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  • cherrypie
  • 29-08-2015

Bitter sweet

I cried most of the way through listening to this book, partly because I knew it was the last of a long line of amazing books, the end of hearing about the antics of fabulous characters I have relished reading about and I cried for the loss of a creative mind Terry Pratchett.

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