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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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Carnegie Medal Winner * New York Public Library Books for the Teen Age * VOYA Best Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror * ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults * Book Sense Pick

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 beloved 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

  • “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.” 


  • “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

  • “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

Sam Tsoutsouvas is a veteran actor and lyricist with experience on the stage and in television, films, and audiobook narration. He has acted in regional theater and on Broadway in everything from Shakespeare plays to musical comedy. His television appearances include Law & Order and Soldier of Fortune, Inc. His film roles include the minister in Ghost, and he provided voice for two film documentaries, Ezra Pound: American Odyssey and Lodz Ghetto, which was nominated for several awards. He has narrated more than a dozen audiobooks, and his reading of Journeys of Socrates was a finalist for the 2006 Audie Award for Best Narration in the inspirational/spiritual category, a narration that AudioFile magazine praised as “masterful.”

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.