The whole story. My husband recommended that I read this book and I hesitated. Then I decided to listen to the audio book. It's the greatest. The narrator does the best voices and the story was great.
Several characters were my favorite. The different accents were what worked.
The voices, the personalities, the whole shebang. I don't think my imagination could have made these characters this great.
I don't think a movie could do this story justice. Ralph Cosham does too good of a job narrating with his voices and accents.
I read this book many years ago and thought I would give it a listen. The words of Silflay and Hrududu sound just as good now as they did then. A story I will tell my grandchildren. Really enjoyed the telling of it and the writers ability to hold me to the end.
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I think it can appeal to people of all ages. Yes, it is about bunnies, but there is so much more to it. There are themes of survival and leadership and home. Though the rabbits have a number of human characteristics, such as a language and mythology, they behave like rabbits. They don't wear clothes or use tools. They do everything a rabbit would do, but they talk and reason and have hopes and dreams and fears and stories. I will certainly read this book to my future children
I first read this book shortly after it was published in the U.S., and then heard the National Library Service's Talking Book Edition when my husband, who was blind, read it on my recommendation. This rendition of this timeless classic is extraordinarily well done, although the reader for the NLS did do a better job reading the story of "Rowsby Woof and the Fairy Wog-dog"!
Who says tales about the lives of rabbits are for wimps?
Chilling, sweet and sad
Loved them all. Each one brought something to the story.
He is one of the BEST!
This isn't a children's book. It is about life and liberty, challenges and defeats. It was brutal and loving. I laughed and I cried, but I couldn't stop.
I loved this book as a child and I am happy to report that it was even better as an adult. It is really about how the bonds of society are formed. What makes a good leader? What makes a good citizen? How much choice do we have about the kind of society we want to live in? These are the big questions raised by this tale about a group of wild rabbits who are forced to find a new home. I love how all of these very human issues are explored through rabbits who are very rabbit like. Some real attention was payed to portraying rabbits as they really live in the wild. This narrator was excellent.
When I first saw that 'Watership Down' was available on Audible, my interest was sparked but I must say I was rather hesitant. This was a book that came to me highly recommended not by family or friends (who are not big readers) but by writers and directors that I respect. Despite this, I was uncertain about downloading the novel because of it's reputation as a kid's book.
"*Harumph*," I thought (my inner voice adopting it's most elitist tone), "I read liiiteratuuure (really stress the vowels here)! What will people think if they see me listening to a story about rabbits? I should go download some Dostoevsky so I can casually show off my intellect."
Well, superseding the influence of my arrogant ego, I downloaded "Watership Down" and devoured it in a week. I was addicted. This is novel that is much more Pixar than Disney, if you understand the sentiment. While 'Watership Down' may be written with children in mind, it is never for a second patronizing. It deals honestly with issues of death and struggle instead of airbrushing over these integral topics. This novel is the first fifteen minutes of 'Up', the garbage dump scene of 'Toy Story 3'. It is beautiful, it is imaginative, and, most importantly, it is, as Maurice Spendak would put it, 'the truth'.
So, if a snobbish 19-year old like me can fall in love with a story like this, I bet you will too.
Note: My lone complaint is that 'Watership Down' has a mostly male cast of characters, and even this serves a sort of lofty ideal of honesty. Nature divides along gender lines. And there are still more strong female characters in 'Watership' than in say 'Lord of the Rings'. The novel can of course still be enjoyed by all, but if you want to listen to this with your daughter, you should be aware of this going in.
Surprisingly so, given how much I loved reading the book more than 30 years ago. Ralph Cosham brings the right gravity to characters that might otherwise have been dishonored by caricature.
It is hard for me to compare, because Adams did so masterful a job of avoiding mere anthropomorphic cartooning, while investing his characters with recognizably lapine natures.
There is no hint of foolishness or coyness in Cosham's performance. He delivers the text in a suitably dignified and moving manner.
Many moving moments, when the characters are in great stress, yet exhibit courage and loyalty to one another.
Watership Down is an experience that defies easy description. It is neither a comic trifle, or a ponderous bore, but instead a lively, moving tale of heroism and brotherhood, of leadership and sacrifice and the value of life. It is a profoundly peaceful and rewarding experience, for reasons that are difficult to articulate. Go ahead and listen for yourself.
This is the first time to rate an audio book. I haven't listened to that many but a few, mostly library CDs. This one engaged the children and adults, we listened to it together as a family. At times it was gripping and at other times you could see the kids trying to warn the rabbits or make connections.Luckily we have read and studied some of the classics used within the chapter openings so they were also able to see the similarities and subtleties within them and do good a fair analysis. I am overall very happy with this product.
We most enjoyed all the stories within the basic story both direct and indirect and how the story weaves itself around the fabric of our lives even years after reading and goes deeper with each reading. In my opinion it is an excellent example of work that is destine to become a classic.
There were so many good characters and some that only appear as back characters. Loved Kehaar, which he added the levity and was one where the reader did a good job at making him sound foreign. Hazel, he showed honor and valor doesn't need muscle and brawn. Then there is Bigwig and even though I didn't much care for him at first he grew into my favorite character, but then often those are the best kind.
I did. It was not as expressive as it could have been, then I have listened to my husband and eldest daughter read books and they change voices with characters and have developed a world of accents, tones, and textures with each character. Even her college professor has her doing the readings in her literature class now. So I may not be a good judge. I think it could have been more expressive though. The story is read much like I imagine it was read to the authors children during their trip so it somewhat adds to that texture.
Yes and no. It was a gripping story so in that we wanted to continue but the themes needed digesting and discussing and time helped give some added depth. There are lags but only if you are into shallow reading which we are not.
If you haven't read Watership Down and you enjoy classic style reading with good themes, depth, and substance this is a book you don't want to miss. This is our third time through it and the first time in audio form.
Watership Down is a story of courage, survival and accomplishment featuring a small but growing band of modest but smart guy rabbits who rely on one another, stick together and utilize each other's best strengths. I particulary liked the contrast in leadership between their leader, Hazel, a soft spoken, resourceful strategist and his counterpart and opponent, Woundwart, a warrior who runs a warren right out of 1984. The guys nuture and care for each other along the way, figure out how to succeed and eventually prevail. The narrator was superb. I highly recommend the story.