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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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    j 11-19-12
    j 11-19-12

    “You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” CS Lewis

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    "Delightful for whole family"
    Where does The Tale of Despereaux rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The best family-friendly audiobook we've heard yet.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about Graeme Malcolm’s performance did you like?

    Differentiated the various character's with nuance and proper passion.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It did make one member of the family cry at the end and there were many laughs throughout.


    Any additional comments?

    Great length for kids too - four hours or so? Perfect for road trip.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 12-30-08 Member Since 2007
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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 Member Since 2017
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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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Moshe Levy 08-13-17
    Moshe Levy 08-13-17
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    "Only plays chapter 1"

    After we listened to chalter one that is all that worked. We bought both audio and book wvwnthough we paid for the full book only works chapter o e so dont spend your no ey adding it.

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    Donna 05-07-17
    Donna 05-07-17
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    "The audio is terrible. . ."
    Where does The Tale of Despereaux rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The worst I have ever heard


    What did you like best about this story?

    Story is great.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Didn't read with correct prosody at all. High pitched female voice hard to listen to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer SIERRA VISTA, AZ, United States 04-18-17
    Amazon Customer SIERRA VISTA, AZ, United States 04-18-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Awesome Story and Reader "

    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.

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    Julia A. Schulte 04-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "The story glitcht"

    It was only one chapter and it had a cliff haner and was so short and ends in the middle of the first chapter😑😠😮😮😠😑

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    Becky Hofer 04-02-17
    Becky Hofer 04-02-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Tale of Despereaux is a must-read"

    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!!!

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