The Tale of Despereaux

  • by Kate DiCamillo
  • Narrated by Graeme Malcolm
  • 3 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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?
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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.

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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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Not for grown-ups

Some children's books charm people of any age. This is not one of them. While it may be good for youngsters (as another review suggests), my husband and I found it a little dull. If you're a grown-up looking for a mouse story, I instead recommend "Time Stops for No Mouse", also offered by Audible, which we found to have both greater complexity and charm.
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- Ellen Spertus

A fabulous family adventure!

My sons, 13 & 9, and I loved this book! It kept us coming back everytime we got in the car to find out what happened next. All the key elements to make it a classic adventure - suspense, heroic deeds, damsels in distress, knights in shining armour, and evil villians. If you like stories that begin "once upon a time....", give this one a listen. The story of a mouse, a princess, soup and a spool of red thread......
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- Kimberly

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-05-2004
  • Publisher: Listening Library