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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,371 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Steig Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2013 ISBN:
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Abelard Hassam di Chirico Flint - Abel, for short - is a rich and silly mouse. He spends most of his days just having fun, going to picnics with his wife, playing croquet with friends, and dancing at parties. Unlike most other mice, Abel has never had to work for anything. All that changes one blustery fall day when his wife's scarf flutters away in a gust of wind. Abel races off to rescue it and is swept away in a rainstorm. When the storm is over, Abel finds himself washed up a deserted island. To survive the winter, this pampered mouse will have to work hard at building a home and gathering food. Can he figure out a way to get off the island and return home - or is he stuck living by himself for the rest of his days? With warmth and wide-eyed enthusiasm, this Newbery Honor Book will delight young listeners with an insightful tale of a mouse rising to the greatest challenge of his life.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyrie | 2/20/2014

    " This story was great - like Robinson Crusoe, only Abel is a mouse and much, much, much more endearing and interesting than Crusoe. He's a lot less whiny, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachael | 2/11/2014

    " I loved this book, the story is so sweet and sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nobies57 | 2/10/2014

    " Abel is stranded on an island for a year. In that time he learns how to survive on his own. More philosophically, he learns that living among others is a privilege. One must do his or her share to add to the world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emma | 2/7/2014

    " This is a great book that i recomend to readers at all levels will enjoy! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerri | 2/1/2014

    " I remember reading this in school (and I think there was a cartoon version). Very cute. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 samuel | 1/25/2014

    " i love the picture at the end of this book. it has so much love in it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peg | 1/23/2014

    " one of my all-time favorite books as a child. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 1/18/2014

    " Mat's reading to the boys. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cara | 1/9/2014

    " A great vocabulary-builder read-aloud, this book definitely does not insult the intelligence of young readers. It spurred lots of interesting discussion on language. It's also a sweet story about "finding yourself" disguised as an adventure tale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Evan | 1/6/2014

    " I loved this as a kid and I love it as a teacher, reading it to my third graders year after year. Like most of Steig's work, it is incredibly poetic and sophisticated yet clear, simple and funny. Possibly my all time favorite book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christopher | 12/18/2013

    " This book was highly detailed and had a great use of language. William Steig described everything clearly, and I enjoyed seeing how Abelard Hassam di Chirico Flint went from a pompous snob to a modest mouse. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jens | 12/18/2013

    " My favorite childrens book of all time. I had forgotten about it until now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tyler | 12/16/2013

    " I honestly didn't even know that 'equinoctial' was a word before I read this before. I never thought about the adjective form of 'equinox.' "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie | 11/30/2013

    " this was such a delight to read aloud.. we ate it up. incredibly rich vocabulary and sweet illustrations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paula | 10/28/2013

    " A deeply moving and entertaining meditation on life and change. I hope I have the opportunity to read it to a child someday. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebekah | 10/7/2013

    " The story itself is so-so (nothing really remarkably different from a typical child's tale), but the narrative voice is very enjoyable. I think it's worth a read, but keep your expectations low. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 8/31/2013

    " This was one of my earliest favorite chapter books, and made a big impression on me. I love the personality of the main character, and the adventure of the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melinda | 8/16/2013

    " I checked out this book on CD after realizing that it was by the same author who wrote the Shrek books. It is a short read but nothing spectacular - my kids also gave it the "ok" rating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mitchell | 7/29/2013

    " I thought that this book was filled with action and adventure, and I recommend this book to anyone who wants a good survival story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aiden | 7/25/2013

    " i really liked this book because one, it is written and illastrated by wlliam stieg, and two its is very interesting. i raely recomend this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris | 7/24/2013

    " I loved it! I think I might have read it when I was younger, but when I read it recently, I couldn't put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Judah | 7/10/2013

    " It is a nice and interesting, but in some places.....boring "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 4/18/2013

    " Enjoyable read but feel that, for a YA/Children's book, its language is a bit too literary for younguns today. We are just becoming dumber as a people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben Dougherty | 2/27/2013

    " This was my favorite book as a child. "

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About the Author
Author William Steig

William Steig (1907–2003) published his first children’s book, Roland the Minstrel Pig, in 1968 and received the Caldecott Medal for Sylvester and the Magic Pebble in 1970. His works also include The Amazing Bone, a Caldecott Honor Book, as well as Abel’s Island and Doctor De Soto, both Newbery Honor Books. His book Shrek! was released by DreamWorks as a feature film and was immensely popular.

About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of eighty-eight AudioFile Earphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.