Friday, July 22, 2005

The Tale of Desperaux

Mkay, so in preparation for one of my many recent road trips, I got an Audible membership. I didn't get the regular monthly thing, I just bought one book, because I'm not sure that I'll like hearing books instead of reading them. (I tend to daydream more easily, implying that I'm more of a visual learner than an auditory one.) They were having a sale anyway: any book for $9.99. So I bought The Tale of Despereaux.

It was recommended to me by two lovely ladies with impeccable taste in books. However, it struck me as fantasy. It's a mouse who lives in a castle and falls in love with a princess. And lots of other things happen and things fit together like puzzle pieces, and it all wraps up very nicely.

I didn't get into it, and I'm not sure whether that was because it was an audiobook or because there were too many animals. with a penchant for revenge.

The part I really enjoyed was Miggery Sow. She's a great character, kind of an antihero, who isn't too bright nor too perfect. Best of all, she had been clouted on the ear so many times that her ear functioned as well as cauliflower on the side of her head. I wanted the book to be all about Miggery Sow.


  1. Of course it's fantasy! :-) It's a fairytale, basically. It's actually a very nostalgic book in many ways, which is maybe why it got to me during a vulnerable time. ;-)

    Miggery Sow was one of my favorite characters too, but she's almost too tragic.

    P.S. I tried to listen to it three times and had to start over because I thought it was boring the first two. You never know. Did you enjoy being read to at all? It _is_ very hard because you have to concentrate a lot, otherwise you get totally lost. That's another reason I love audiobooks when I'm depressed -- I have to put away all my other thoughts and focus on listening.

  2. Yeah, I think audiobooks may not work so well for me. I really liked the voices the narrator did, but I seemed to have distracted myself because what I was looking at (other cars, road signs, etc.) didn't have anything to do with the book.