• Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH

  • By: Robert O’Brien
  • Narrated by: Barbara Caruso
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-22-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Recorded Books
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.7 (927 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This delightfully imaginative tale is always a popular favorite among children. Mrs. Frisby, a field mouse who lives in a garden, must move her family before the farmer begins plowing. Will the rats of NIMH - a group of highly intelligent laboratory rats - help her find a solution to her dilemma?
©1971 Robert C. O’Brien (P)1993 Recorded Books, LLC
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4 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 12-02-15


This is very entertaining and is so well written that I truly felt like I spent time with Mrs. Frisby in the field. It is descriptive enough that you can easily picture where everything is happening without being overly descriptive.

The book is kind of two halves. The first half is more about Mrs. Frisby and what she goes through to save one of her sick children. Every parent can empathize with her as she faces several dangers. The second half is more about the rats. There is a fairly long tale (tail) about their time spend in a research lab. I thought that part could have been shortened up. Other than that, the rats are pretty cool. They also may encourage some children to do research and spend time reading and studying. They accomplish this without preaching.

What kept this from getting the fifth star from me was the serendipity. Twice Mrs. Frisby just happens to hear the humans talking about drastic things they were going to do and when they were going to do them. These were life and death situations and she just happen to be there at the right time. In both cases she is also given a time table and plenty of warning, helping her and the rats to make plans.

The narrator was good, not great. She did not detract from the story, nor did she add to it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Charlotte Dickinson on 09-28-14

A great classic brought to life on audio

I spend a lot of time with my daughter listening to audio books. This is one of our favorites. The narrator reads well with no strange pronunciations or annoying inflections. I love it when the narrator is so good that the listening experience flows without any glitches from something annoying that the listener has to consciously ignore.

The story is a classic from my childhood and it still grasps interest of young readers today.

If you're tempted at all you should get it. In my opinion you won't be sorry.

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