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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (651 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Russell Hoban Narrator: Richard Mitchley Publisher: AudioGO Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2012 ISBN:
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The clockwork mouse and his child had a quest - to find the beautiful dolls' house they had once known. Their bitter journey takes them from slavery among scavenging rats, out into the wide and frightening world. Through wood and meadow, through the war between armies of shrews, to an encounter with a deep-thinking snapping turtle and the Last Visible Dog at the bottom of the pond. And always, just behind them and determined to destroy them, was Manny Rat....

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eugenie | 2/19/2014

    " Dark, dangerous, and brutally honest. I think it ranks up there with the best of Hans Christian Andersen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 sean | 2/19/2014

    " In my hunt for a twisted children's story this one currently reigns supreme as the most dark and poignant while still maintaining it's kid-friendly style. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mo | 2/4/2014

    " Part children's book, part twisted buddhist fable and part horror story, this is one of my absolutely favorite books of all time. You probably shouldn't let your children read it because it will warp them just like it warped me. Npt for the faint of heart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin Reilly-Sanders | 2/2/2014

    " I had been wanting to read this one for some time after hearing David Small speak about the illustrations and fortuitously found it at a friend's yard sale and then got stuck waiting while my husband went into a bicycle shop with it in hand. Regardless of the back story of acquisition, I found the story poignant and the illustrations sweet. The most pleasant surprise, although not terribly surprising given that it's a classic, was the depth of the symbolism and meaning behind the text. It just had a beautiful richness that lesser books lack. From the tramp as metaphor for God that sets off the journey to the life that is slowly breathed into the main characters, the story can been read on many levels. I was a little shocked by the violence and death present in this children's story, but it seems that these days we're much more protective of what children are allowed to read, despite encountering it on TV, in advertisements, and in the media. It did seem that a little of the story is outdated with gender specific roles that are adopted by the characters as well as other bits and pieces here and there that bothered me but are now too vague in my mind to comment on specifically. This book is definitely worth reading and then reading and thinking about, as it feels like I have left some of the depths unplundered. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theo P | 2/2/2014

    " It was really really good, exciting but sweet. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gary Christensen | 1/25/2014

    " Something like The Wind in the Willows on steroids. A emotionally apocalyptic tale that is at once laudatory of grey design while cautionary of rapid industrialization. Like Hoban's Frances books, it's hard to categorize this work. What I can do is commend the fine writing, the crafty plot, inventive characterizations and well told tale. I can see elements of The Odyssey here. There's a little bit of Pilgrim's Progress, as well. Altogether modern with a zen assertion on the importance of "flowing" through travails. It's a dear story and easy to like. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Zagoridis | 1/21/2014

    " My first exposure to Russell Hoban's The Mouse and His Child was through the children's animated movie from the late 70's. I must have been a young child when I saw it however the impression it left on me seems to be a longstanding one. The story begins with a pair of wind-up toy mice who are bought, broken and discarded after christmas, only to be fixed by a man on the street and set free to roam as they please. The many animal characters they meet in the real world teach them valuable life lessons; whether it be the importance of fate and believing in ones destiny; thinking laterally and open mindedness; or the importance of trust, friendship and family. This novel has a lot of character and tends to grow on you. Although this is a children's book, older reader's will discover much to explore within its pages. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bookworm | 1/16/2014

    " Wow. That's all I have to say. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mai | 1/13/2014

    " I read this in college. I just randomly pulled it off the shelf and boy am I glad I did. I don't understand how this book is for children though. I wouldn't have gotten anything deep from this as a child. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 12/31/2013

    " My professor for a class on children's literature recommended this to me. I was not disappointed. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ternelljade | 12/15/2013

    " I read this back when I was in elementary school...and it still resonates. I think this is a book people of all ages can learn something from...It's definitely not a child's book, just because it's about toys. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krista the Krazy Kataloguer | 12/11/2013

    " A friend recommended this book to me as one of his childhood favorites. I can see why--I loved it! It's a story about friendship that with a lot of philosophical ideas embedded. It reminded me of William Steig's Abel's Island. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynnea Taylor | 11/25/2013

    " The Mouse and His Child is a marvellous story of bravery and love. The story never moves too slowly while giving plenty of beautiful descriptions. This is a treasure to share with your children. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 4/10/2012

    " Pretty sure I need to own this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 3/4/2012

    " Possibly the most philosophically thought-provoking children's book I've read. Ontological questions and ruminations on infinity make this modern descendent of The Wind in the Willows an engaging read for adults. Whether or not the story holds up for children--and for what age--I don't know. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy Wagner | 1/5/2012

    " Ostensibly a children's book, this book has a wonderful sense of weirdness within a great deal of darkness. If you are a lover of SF/F/H, you really ought to read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca Wrigley | 9/16/2011

    " I listened to this audio book (with narrator William Dufris) and it was so amazing! The narrator is phenomenal and the story was incredibly creative and heartwarming. I highly recommend it - especially the audio book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ethan | 9/4/2011

    " A great freaky kids book about life the universe and everything. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aubrey | 4/20/2011

    " I listened to this on audiobook about 10 years ago...it scared me. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mai | 2/23/2011

    " I read this in college. I just randomly pulled it off the shelf and boy am I glad I did. I don't understand how this book is for children though. I wouldn't have gotten anything deep from this as a child. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celine | 11/1/2010

    " I can't believe I'd forgotten this extraordinary book. Thanks to Victoria for reminding me of it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theo | 10/19/2010

    " It was really really good, exciting but sweet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leah | 10/4/2010

    " Very similiar to Alice in Wonderland. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 8/30/2010

    " I will never let this book go....reading it was a numinous experience. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 11/24/2009

    " I listened to this audio book (with narrator William Dufris) and it was so amazing! The narrator is phenomenal and the story was incredibly creative and heartwarming. I highly recommend it - especially the audio book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Giselle | 9/28/2009

    " It was a good book, but I liked how the mouse kid always took things as he thought they were. Like he didn't know what they were, so innocent. "

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About the Narrator

Richard Mitchley is an actor and narrator who has appeared in Auf Wiedersehen, Pet…, The Black Adder, and Doctor Who