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)
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.
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