My younger sister first picked this book up in 4th grade, and has been in love with it ever since. I have been ignoring her pleas for me to read it for a very long time, thinking it was just another silly child's book about some cute furry animals. Boy was I wrong! I bought this audiobook, the book alone is a wonderful story, that slips in lessons on vocabulary that young ones will never notice, but will learn all the same, but then the narrator! The narrator tops it off. I have seen the movie already, and my friends, this audiobook is FAR better than the movie.
It's just a nice story, that isn't "too nice." The story is well told. It had my 25 year old self chuckling at parts, admiring sentences at others, and clinging to the edge of my seat at many. I ended up staying up until 2 am to finish it (don't start it in the evening) and nostalgically sad that it ended. And at just over 4 hours long, it would be perfect for one of those long car trips with the family!
Wonderful story. Skillfully written. A true fairtale full of darkness and light, witty and wry, with a keen appreciation and love for the awkwardness and eccentricity of real life. Not for the littlest ones. Best for 10 or older. Great for adults. Graeme Malcolm is brilliant.
I bought this for my 10 yr. old daughter for Christmas this year. I started listening to it w/ her and couldn't put it down. What a wonderful story for all ages. You'll laugh, you'll cry, etc...
Graeme Malcome is superb as narrator, in fact I would not be at all surprised to find this in movie production. As an adult I found it humerous, with both outlandish and subtle humor. My teens adored it. It was impossible to use this recording as a bedtime listen as I was kept awake by the possibilities. The naration is so perfect that I will look for Mr. Malcome in future recordings. I highly suggest this book for anytime one wants a chuckle. Despereaux's French mother, English father and the various accents of rats were perfect. I find myself slipping into dialog ... "no more babies...they ruin my figure, adieu"...or "yessss theese eez the wayz for ratz"
A nearsighted King, a tiny mouse with huge ears, a Princess Pea, a common girl with cauliflower ears and the lands of light and darkness, this little book has it all with a light heart and much humor.
We loved this book. The story is beautifully complex and the narration is the best I've ever heard. My 8 year olds were fascinated, and my husband and I enjoyed it just as much.
Because I am an adult listening to a childrens' story you may want to take this with a grain of salt but I really didn't think this book was that great. Maybe your kids will love it, I don't know, but I thought it was really kind of boring.