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Publisher's Summary

Ralph is not like the other mice at Mountain View Inn. He is always looking for excitement! Now all of his adventures are here in one audio collection!

Mouse and the Motorcycle

Ralph S. Mouse

Runaway Ralph

©1982 Beverly Cleary (P)2007 HarperCollinsPublishers

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Stick with Ramona and Henry

What disappointed you about The Ralph S. Mouse Audio Collection?

My son loved the Henry Huggins and Ramona stories, and since he is still very young I was hoping the Mouse and His Motorcycle stories would be even more age appropriate. But these stories lack the charm of those other Beverly Cleary books. The worst thing about them is how much bickering and negativity you hear from the kids and even the mouse. There's a lot of complaints about people and things being "stupid" or "boring." The characters are constantly whining and complaining. The narration doesn't help, as all the characters sound essentially the same, and the female characters sound like the actor is mocking them. By the third book, my son was asking me to turn it off.

Would you be willing to try another one of B.D. Wong’s performances?

No. All the voices sound alike, and the female voices are particularly bad.

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Collections set up terribly- bad deal

It seems like a good deal to get all the books at once, but it's not if you want to do anything but listen to them all in a chosen order sequentially- there's no way to go to what book you want or tell what chapter to go back to- it's just like 45 unlabeled chapters of all the books together. Ramona Quimby series was manageable because a user posted the chapters for everyone, but without that help these Audible "collections" are not a good deal for most parents.

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These stories are great, the narration is less so.

The narrator chose to use some rather strange accents and voices for characters meant to be residing in the mountains of California. It's a shame. Had he used better voices for the characters I would have enjoyed it more. The books in this series are great though! For now, this is a better book to read than listen to.

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Fun!

Where does The Ralph S. Mouse Audio Collection rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The Ralph S. Mouse Audio Collection is a great fun collection. It ranks with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang for quality amongst children's books.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Of course my favorite character was Ralph the mouse. His mood and temper was affected by circumstances, but he was able to learn. And I love the imagination that both the author and the mouse were able to play.

Which character – as performed by B.D. Wong – was your favorite?

He did extremely well with all characters. O

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No

Any additional comments?

My only complaint is that the books were played out of order. _Runaway Ralph_ should have been BEFORE _Ralph S. Mouse_. The motorcycle, after all, is destroyed in _Ralph S. Mouse_, but it's a vital part of _Runaway Ralph_.

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Fun Story

This is one of my favorite stories ever! The little mouse is so cute! And this 6 or 7 hour story has 3 stories to it, this is worth buying people!!!

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B.D. Wong is an American Treasure

My kids already listened to Neil Patrick Harris’s Henry Huggins and Stocker Channing’s Ramona Quimby and they are loving B.D. Wong’s Ralph. If these three collections were on vinyl they would be worn out records by now. I particularly love the diversity of the voices in the Ralph series, especially the women, who sound like working class people and people of color - so familiar and relatable. Thank you for these productive, off of screen hours for my twin 5 year olds. There is some name calling, teasing, and misogyny but we use it as an opportunity to talk about these issues in a productive way before they arise in school, etc. so they are better equipped to deal with them and now I hear “they used to think boys were better than girls, but that’s not true” and “that’s not nice, Ramona - But Ramona is Grandpa’s age and they didn’t know about how bad teasing and bullying was back then. People are always learning!”

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Kids loved it!

My almost 6 year olds loved it and enjoy listening to the story on car rides or instead of TV!

I had forgotten how dated some of the social interactions are with. Beverly Cleary but other than that the stories were enjoyable to everyone.

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Tate Snyder.

I loved it so much fun and as playing a video games i liked it

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Ralph and the motorcycle

Great 👍 book it is perfect for listening to anytime anywhere great to listen to

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The narrators performance was annoying

The narrator was so annoying! I barely wanted to finish it. The story is the only thing that kept me in it.

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