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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Terry Pratchett Narrator: Stephen Briggs Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Discworld Series Release Date: November 2013 ISBN: 9780062329523
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One rat, popping up here and there, squeaking loudly, and taking a bath in the cream, could be a plague all by himself. After a few days of this, it was amazing how glad people were to see the kid with his magical rat pipe. And they were amazed when the rats followed him out of town.

They’d have been really amazed if they’d ever found out that the rats and the piper met up with a cat somewhere outside of town and solemnly counted out the money.

The Amazing Maurice runs the perfect Pied Piper scam. This streetwise alley cat knows the value of cold, hard cash and can talk his way into and out of anything. But when Maurice and his cohorts decide to con the town of Bad Blinitz, it will take more than fast talking to survive the danger that awaits. For this is a town where food is scarce and rats are hated, where cellars are lined with deadly traps, and where a terrifying evil lurks beneath the hunger-stricken streets.

Set in Terry Pratchett’s widely popular Discworld, this masterfully crafted, gripping read is both compelling and funny. When one of the world’s most acclaimed fantasy writers turns a classic fairy tale on its head, no one will ever look at the Pied Piper—or rats—the same way again!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An astonishing novel.”

    Neil Gaiman

  • “Hilarious, moving, scary, impishly vulgar, and wickedly wise, sometimes all at once.”


  • “Pratchett rethinks a classic story and comes up with a winner…A not-to-be-missed delight.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Excruciatingly funny, ferociously intelligent.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “For this outrageously cheeky tale, Pratchett pairs a dynamite plot with memorable characters.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Stephen Briggs’ sharp insight and sharper delivery are an excellent match for Pratchett’ engrossing reimagining of the Pied Piper legend. Never missing a joke, Briggs deftly embodies the cunning, stubborn Maurice and his loyal, intrepid rats with an acuity that is befitting of this clever and profound text. His pacing captures the jaunty rhythm of the travelers’ journey, while his tone balances the humor and menace as the band encounters danger and resistance. His dry, rumbling baritone fits the raspiness of the animals and the bumbling energy of the humans, and his personification lends resilience to the rats…Listeners will find themselves captivated by Briggs in this intriguing adventure.” 


  • “Pure, unadulterated fun. The action is fast paced, the dialogue witty, unforgettable.”


  • “Pratchett’s absorbing, suspenseful adventure is…deepened by a willingness to tackle the questions of existence.”

    Horn Book

  • “Pratchett leaves none of his wit behind in this exploration of Discworld for younger readers.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

  • Winner of the 2001 Carnegie Medal for Literature
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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. Briggs has won five AudioFile Earphones Awards. He lives in England.