Now comes Despereaux, and he does his fore-mice proud. This is a wistful story that is given a properly dreamlike reading by Graeme Malcolm. You can imagine him sitting by a crackling fire as he tells the tale of a misfit, sensitive mouse who falls in love with a princess and finds his place in the world.
At 3-1/2 hours long, this is the perfect listen for a family trip. It's the kind of story that parents will appreciate for the lessons it imparts - and children will cherish for its memorable adventures of a determined mouse.
And what happens then?
Listener, it is your destiny to find out.
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"A charming story of unlikely heroes....With a masterful hand, DiCamillo weaves four story lines together in a witty, suspenseful narrative that begs to be read aloud....This expanded fairy tale is entertaining, heartening, and, above all, great fun." (School Library Journal)
"Forgiveness, light, love, and soup. These essential ingredients combine into a tale that is as soul stirring as it is delicious." (Booklist)
I had no expectations of the author only of the fact that it is a Newberry Award Book. I did like the idea of the narrator addressing the "listener" as it did seem to bring me in a little closer. Personally, I wasn't thrilled with the story and its magic, but I do think my elementary students will love the 'rats, dungeon, and the ugly peasant girl Meg'.
The narration was lovely; an easy voice to listen to.
"Not all stories are of sweetness and light" the narrator says. As such, this story is a reflection of life, and the delicate balance of light and darkness that is part of the human experience. Graeme Malcome is a captivating story teller, drawing you in as he speaks directly to you "the listener ".
The vocabulary and heartwarming characters, and its beautiful narrations.
It made me want to laugh at every word and cry at every sentence. Every single word this author used was ingenious and captivated me to the point where I believed entirely that I would weep at even the happiest ending.
There are those books and movies that make you want to cry and laugh and makes your insides twist and flutter at the same time. This is one of those books. Trust me.
This story becomes cumbersome when listened to. I believe it would be better to read in a traditional book. I became very tired of hearing the expression 'gaw' (or 'caw') from one of the main characters. It became extremely distracting. The story line is difficult to follow in the four books when listening instead of reading traditionally.
I would rather read her books in the traditional fashion.
He did a good job of using different voices for the characters, but some of them sounded a bit odd or stilted at times.
It inspired me to write more.
I always think that books are better than the movies that are made of them, but in this case, I found the movie story line much more compelling and intriguing. This story, experienced as an audiobook, was slow and cumbersome in many points. It felt disjointed and difficult to follow.
I do love the character of Despereaux and find him intriguing and inspiring.
“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” CS Lewis
The best family-friendly audiobook we've heard yet.
Perfect listening for my 6 and 9 year olds. A bit too much for the 4 year old. Had just enough depth as well to keep adults well-interested.
Differentiated the various character's with nuance and proper passion.
It did make one member of the family cry at the end and there were many laughs throughout.
Great length for kids too - four hours or so? Perfect for road trip.
I bought this for my 9 year old to listen to during the drive to and from school. He loved it. He didn't want to stop the story each morning. He couldn't wait to listen to what happened next.
The narrator's voice makes this book a pleasure to listen to.
His voice is like silk! He differentiates each character expertly. I think this narrator is the best I've ever heard. I would listen to him read the phone book.
I loved when someone finally asked Miggery Sow what she wanted.
This is one of those audiobooks that work perfectly for a family road trip. Our kids were on the edge of their seats, and the story is so well written that mom and dad also enjoyed it immensely.
The narrator is absolutely fantastic, adding so much to the overall enjoyment.
"Charming and amusing story"
Charming, touching and amusing.
Despereaux in the dungeons.
The accents were fantastic - particularly Despereaux's mother.
A wonderfully old-fashioned tale of love and the battle between good and evil. My three children aged 11, 9 and 7 loved it along with my husband and I. A cracker!
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