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.
I read the text version of this book, and although it was sometimes a hard read (long descriptions), it turned out very well. At its heart is a lovely tale of how each our lives touches so many others, and we often find our heroes in the unlikeliest of characters. The audio version lends a certain charm to the story and its characters. I would recommend this tale to both children and adults.