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The Tale of Despereaux | [Kate DiCamillo]

The Tale of Despereaux

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.
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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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    tracy thatcher, AZ, United States 11-20-07
    tracy thatcher, AZ, United States 11-20-07 Member Since 2006
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    "cute story"

    This is a fun kid book. Great for a trip in the car with the whole family.

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    Sherida Las Vegas, NV, USA 03-25-07
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    "Great listen!"

    A wonderful tale that I enjoyed as much as my kids!

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    Terri Jones 03-15-07
    Terri Jones 03-15-07 Member Since 2004

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    "Good family road trip book!"

    This book kept everyone's attention -- from the six-year-old right up to the forty-something driver.

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    April San Clemente, CA, USA 01-23-05
    April San Clemente, CA, USA 01-23-05
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    "Delightful"

    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.

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    Ann E. Brunetta San Francisco, CA USA 01-06-05
    Ann E. Brunetta San Francisco, CA USA 01-06-05

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    "Wonderful for kids and adults!"

    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.

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    Michelle Tucson, AZ, USA 05-26-06
    Michelle Tucson, AZ, USA 05-26-06
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    "Not great"

    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.

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    Amazon Customer 07-19-04 Member Since 2004

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    "Desperate for a good book?"

    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.

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    Susan Lebanon, CT, USA 04-21-04
    Susan Lebanon, CT, USA 04-21-04
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    "Go Despereaux!"

    Charming, entertaining, and plenty of opportunity to teach middle school students how authors use literary techniques, word choice, and dialogue.

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