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The Tale of Despereaux Audiobook

The Tale of Despereaux

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Audible Editor Reviews

What is it about mice? Ever since Aesop paired a little rodent with a mighty lion, mice have been the stars of literature. Stuart Little, the gallant Reepicheep of the Narnia books, the heroes of Redwall - mice all.

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.

Publisher's Summary

This is the story of Despereaux Tilling, a mouse in love with music, stories, and a princess named Pea. It is also the story of a rat called Roscuro, who lives in darkness but covets a world filled with light. And it is the story of Miggery Sow, a slow-witted serving girl with a simple, impossible wish. These characters are about to embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle, and ultimately, into each other's lives.

And what happens then?

Listener, it is your destiny to find out.

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©2003 Kate DiCamillo; (P)2003 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

  • Newbery Medal Winner, 2004, Most Distinguished American Children's Book

"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)

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    Caitlin 02-03-11
    Caitlin 02-03-11 Member Since 2014
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    "Brilliant! (Says the adult listener)"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bettina Philadelphia, PA, USA 06-18-09
    Bettina Philadelphia, PA, USA 06-18-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful!"

    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.

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    "Delightful!"

    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...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie Cayce, SC, USA 06-02-04
    Stephanie Cayce, SC, USA 06-02-04
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    "Adorable!"

    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.

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    Amazon Customer 08-08-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome"

    This is such a great book about a small but big eared mouse that loves a princess

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    Amazon Customer 07-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "beautiful tale of light and dark."

    the narrator does an excellent job of telling each character in the right light. I can't wait for my kids to listen

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    Heath 07-22-16
    Heath 07-22-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Great for all ages!"

    I am a regular audible listener. My 11 yr old son has been telling me about this book for years. I finally listened to it and really enjoyed it. The narrator is fantastic.

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    Donghwa 07-21-16
    Donghwa 07-21-16
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    "A wonderful Story"

    I first thought that The Tale of Desperaux ws not a fun story, but now, I realized that this story is fun. I liked the narrator beacuse he described the story well.

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    Julie Trueson Charlotte, NC 05-09-16
    Julie Trueson Charlotte, NC 05-09-16 Member Since 2016

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    "wonderful story and fabulous narration!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and it was made doubly enjoyable by the wonderful narration. He used different voices and accents for different characters and really brought it to life! Highly recommended.

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    wellread San Francisco, CA United States 01-28-16
    wellread San Francisco, CA United States 01-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    What did you love best about The Tale of Despereaux?

    The narration and love the narrator told the story. Definitely listen to this.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Could be enjoyed all ages


    Which character – as performed by Graeme Malcolm – was your favorite?

    Desperaux


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    nothing


    Any additional comments?

    nope

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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