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)
“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.
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...
This story is adorable and uplifting and the narrator is wonderful! He gives the characters a good voice and just does a fabulous job overall.
I highly recommend this for either children or adults who enjoy children's stories. Yes, it is a stereotypical fairytale, however the characters are engaging, well developed, and interesting; the author's writing style is great; and the philosophy is apropos to anyone's life. The subtleties of the writing will appeal to serious readers and those who just like a good story.
love this. I had low expectations thinking it was like a kid's Disney movie but it was a complicated and beautiful and sweet story. The author is completely gifted in this type of writing. And the performance here was impeccable. Spot-on. Loved it!!!
The whole family enjoyed this lovely story! Very fun and exciting, and sweet.
The one where Despereaux falls in love with the princess
laugh and cry!
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