Stephen Briggs's sharp insight and sharper delivery are an excellent match for Pratchett's 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, who struggle with the burden of having thoughts and desires. Listeners will find themselves captivated by Briggs in this intriguing adventure. K.S.B. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine [Published: MARCH 2014]
Trade Ed. Harper Audio 2013
DD ISBN 9780062329523 $18.99
Library Ed. Blackstone Audio 2013
CD ISBN 978-1-4829-6861-3 $49.99 Six CDs
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