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3.99998555036124 out of 53.99998555036124 out of 53.99998555036124 out of 53.99998555036124 out of 53.99998555036124 out of 5 4.00 (23,530 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Terry Pratchett Narrator: Stephen Briggs Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Discworld Series Release Date: December 2004 ISBN: 9780060824662
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Outrageous comedy blends with pulse-racing suspense in this compelling sequel to The Wee Free Men.

Tiffany Aching—the boldest heroine ever to swing a frying pan against the forces of evil—is beginning her apprenticeship in magic. She expects to work hard, learn spells, and become a witch. She doesn’t expect to find herself doing chores, caring for the careless, and trying to outthink an ill-tempered nanny goat. There must be more to witchcraft than this!

But as Tiffany pursues her calling, an insidious, disembodied creature pursues Tiffany. When it strikes, neither Mistress Weatherwax (the greatest witch in the world) nor the six-inch-high Wee Free Men (the greatest thieves in the world) can save her.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Pratchett’s ear for dialogue is superb…His deep feeling for landscape, animals, kindness and courage make his adventures deeply satisfying as well as clever.”

    Times (London)

  • “Oodles of dry wit, imagination, and shrewdly observed characters.”

    Independent on Sunday (London)

  • “An enthralling and rewarding read. What’s not to love about a girl who takes on vicious monsters armed with only a frying pan?” 

    Publishers weekly (starred review)

  • “Wonderful language, genuinely scary explorations and a young girl whose growing up is believable and exciting.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Fantastically inventive and humorous fantasy adventure. Fans will be sky high.”

    Sunday Times (London)

  • “Pratchett weaves a tale that isn’t afraid to detour into biting satire or to stop and admire a mot particularly juste, but that keeps returning to the critical question of identity—how an individual must embrace her worst aspects to become her best self, how worth is found in works, not in posturing…By turns hilarious and achingly beautiful…just right.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “A great Pratchett strength is the sense that if the jokes…were dropped there would still be a good, engaging fantasy thriller here.”

    Independent (London)

  • “Readers will curl up to read with a sigh of contentment.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books 

  • AnALA Notable Book for Children
  • Winner of theLocus Award for Young Adult Book
  • A New York Public Library Book for Teens

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melynna | 2/12/2014

    " I just reread this, and it's even better this time. Now that I have the witch novels under my belt, I understand a few things a little more deeply. Plus, the Nac Mac Feegle will never loose their humor for me. Awesome book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cory Hughart | 2/3/2014

    " I don't have much to say. I can't just keep heaping praises on the Discworld series, yes, even the YA titles, because that's just redundant. And I'm not going to bother writing a summary, because you ARE going to read this book, and hopefully the rest of the series. And besides, I'm too impatient and eager to get on with the next book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen | 2/1/2014

    " Tiffany, the wee free and granny -- superb "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eileen | 1/30/2014

    " This main character has integrity, modesty, and a passionate desire to be her best self. The little people who are her loyal friends made me laugh repeatedly with their wacky antics and their backward code of honor, until they wormed their way into my heart as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 1/22/2014

    " This sequel to Wee Free Men is so much better than the last one, I had to give it an additional star. It moves so much quicker, the wit is funner and the wisdom is beautiful... really beautiful. Tiffany Aching is growing up and may I say, I'd like my little ones to grow up similarly. It is a must read for my 11 year old. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 1/20/2014

    " I liked this just as well as the first one! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eli | 1/11/2014

    " This book is so full of everything a book should be: hilarity; pathos; character growth; a villain with some motivation besides "I'm evil, that's why! Mwah hah hah!" and a beautiful ending that leaves the reader satisfied without tying everything up too neatly. As a bonus, all the wisdom on how to (and not to) be a successful witch just makes this li'l Pagan's heart happy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ty | 12/28/2013

    " i read this one first on accident "its the second" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Terry | 11/8/2013

    " Um, um, um, let's just say that this book was as funny as the first, with lots of, um, new characters. Um. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ida | 10/6/2013

    " Fun read. I didn't realize until I'd already started that it's a sequel, so I'll need to read The Wee Free Men now. Nicely flawed characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Louise Carter | 9/27/2013

    " This book was a fun read, with lots of insight for those who look carefully. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 9/18/2013

    " My favorite Pratchett so far "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shari | 6/16/2013

    " Tiffany Aching Book 2 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carly | 12/14/2012

    " Except for the really sad/scary parts, laughed the whole time. :D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nansi Kunze | 5/31/2012

    " There are no words to describe the brilliance of Terry Pratchett's writing. Oh, wait, yes there are: Granny Weatherwax. This is Tiffany's story, of course, but she's worthy of sharing it with Granny - and that makes this a spectacular read. Wonderful, wonderful stuff. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nenangs | 5/15/2012

    " something must have been lost in translation...?!? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 KR Garland | 3/31/2012

    " aliens shouldn't invade little witches "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 10/24/2011

    " A brilliant follow up. Tiffany goes off to learn about being a witch which is a lot less about magic than she thought! The Nac Mac Feegles come along to save her from something deadly that is looking to take her over. Is she enough of a witch to survive? Enjoyed it so much I couldn't put it down.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allegra | 7/23/2011

    " A sweet children's book that really makes you feel like your fingers are prickling with potential magic. Very light, and perfect if you are in need of feeling a little bit special. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 7/5/2011

    " This is book 2 of the Tiffany Aching series by Terry Pratchett. I highly recommend that you read it, but first, listen to the audio of the first book The Wee Free Men. The narrator is wonderful. The writing is incredible. The stories are great fun. Excellent all around! Excellent! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna-louise | 5/19/2011

    " Loved it!! Laugh out loud goodness :-) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 5/16/2011

    " It is rare I love a second book in a series more than the first, but I do in this case! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma | 5/4/2011

    " Fabulous. LOVE the narrator. Have never read Terry Pratchett before, but it was funny and a great story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruth | 4/26/2011

    " much love for this one, it has echoes of the early Discworld book 'Equal Rites' which I read when I was about 12 and fell in love with. Tiffany is a great character and a good example for kids to follow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 4/17/2011

    " While not as good as Tiffany Aching's first adventure, there is still a fair amount of goodness to be had. If you liked the last one, you'll enjoy this one. And--if you're like me--you'll be eager for the next.

    Gotta love that Pratchett. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sammiles | 4/10/2011

    " I love Tiffany Aching, and i love how Terry Pratchett has again written so wonderfully to keep his audiences captivated at times with humour. I also love how there seems to be hidden meanings to his work, certainly makes you think. Absolutly loved this book, can't wait to read Wintersmith. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William | 4/9/2011

    " The story is not as good as The Wee Free Men, but it will be enjoyable to fans of the series and of Pratchett. Readers should definitely read The Wee Free Men first. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 4/5/2011

    " I liked this just as well as the first one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Morgan | 4/5/2011

    " Funny AND smart. Tiffany faces some tough times but who can lose a fight with the Nac Mac Feegle by their side. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thea | 4/3/2011

    " I simply can't get enough Tiffany Aching. "

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About the Author
Author Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett (1948–2015) was an English novelist known for his frequently comical work in the fantasy genre. He is best known for his popular and long-running Discworld series. His first novel, The Carpet People, was published in 1971, and after publishing his first Discworld novel, The Color of Magic, in 1983, he wrote two books a year on average. He was the United Kingdom’s bestselling author of the 1990s and has sold more than 55 million books worldwide. In 2001 he won the Carnegie Medal for his children’s novel The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents. Pratchett was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire for services to literature in 1998 and was knighted in 2009.

About the Narrator

Stephen Briggs, who also works in film, has adapted and staged fifteen Discworld plays, collaborated with Terry Pratchett on a number of related works, and performed the audio recordings of Pratchett’s books. He lives in England.