This book is about rabbits. One could assume that a book about rabbits is only for children but you would be wrong. This book is an adventure and sometimes very sad and I would say kids younger than about 8 or 9 would not enjoy it. But if you like captivating stories that are hard to put down you will find this book very entertaining. I read this book for the first time about 15 years ago and was excited to listen to it. The narrator did an excellent job of bringing the characters of this adventure to life. The character development of the rabbits in this story is simply amazing. I will never again look at rabbits the same. I will always wonder if the rabbit I see nibbling at the grass is one of the rabbits from the story on silflay. Ahh... don't know what silflay means? You'll have to read the book to find out. You will not be disappointed in this book. It will have you laughing and crying and sometimes at the same time.
For those who don't know - this is a story about rabbits. And it's just a great story. Plain and simple. It was meant as a story for children, but is oh so much more. I have always loved this book. I first read it when I was 12 or 13. Now I'm 38 and I still read it every other year or so.
When I found this on Audible, I was excited. I had a long trip in the car coming up and I thought I'd re-visit Hazel and BigWig as I drove... could not be happier with this version.
The narrator is excellent and he carries the story right along. When my road trip had ended I still had some of the book left and found myself wanting to sit in the car and keep listening to the end that day instead of waiting.
You will not be disappointed with this addition to your library.
In the print version the made up words sounded much different in my head than the audio version.
I read this book many years ago and had been wanting to read it again. When I saw the audio version, I decided to give it a try and I'm so happy I did. I love everything about this book -- the story, the characters, etc. Who would ever dream that a story about a group of rabbits could be so intriguing? The narrator did a superb job, too.
What fun to get this rabbits-eye view of the world! I simply loved these creatures - their innocence, loyalty, friendship, and absolute heroism. (Who'd think of rabbits as being heroic, but it seems all creatures, great and small .....).
Pure, clean, innocent, and touching. A wonderful listen.
Sproe from Jupiter
This is just a well-told tale. I listened to it on my drive to work and spent more than one day sitting outside in my car until I could bear to turn off the player and go in to work. I got so caught up in the story that I thought about it even when I wasn't listening to it. A really good tale enjoyable on many levels.
Fiver. A very wise, but strange rabbit that no one respected until they discovered his worth.
No, but he is excellent
Hazel-Ra, a lot of leadership lessons to be learned there.
It has been a long time since a book has captured my attention so well, and it made for a very good break from a stressful work life.
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Watership Down is a monumental piece of young adult fiction and one of those books you can enjoy again and again. Written for children but never condescending or silly, this novel follows the adventures of a group of rabbits as they struggle to overcome catastrophe. The novel begins with a group of male (buck) rabbits escaping their home and venturing into the wild with hopes of finding a new home in a place far from the natural enemies of rabbits (mainly men). Along the way they overcome numerous obstacles and trials and each of them grow and develop through these various trials. At times allegorical and at other times a high adventure story, there are deep themes at play all through this novel from the dangers of communism to the role of religion and myth. Taking his cues from the ancient beast fable, Richard Adams creates a rich and vibrant world for his characters complete with history and language and occupied by characters so well developed you’ll feel a personal connection to each one of them by the novels conclusion. Highly recommended and an excellent audiobook.
The story is amazing, especially since the author began by making it up as a story to entertain his daughters.
This is a creative story that is as relevant today as it was 30 years (or so) ago when I first read it.
The story is engaging, witty and fun. I wish it never had to end. Mr. Cosham brings the characters alive. Each rabbit has their own way of communicating and Mr. Cosham emphasizes that.
Hazel and General Woundwort are memorable characters. Fiver is also wonderful.
When I read all the reviews of how wonderful this book is, I thought I'd give it a try. I liked it! They were right. It really is a book about rabbits and the adventure they go through to find a new home. It was a nice ride and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I especially liked the author's prologue explaining the whole premise of the book and how he came to write this story. It was really touching. If you've ever wondered whether you should give this book a try, go ahead. I bet you'll like it too. I was quite surprised I liked it as much as I did.
Love to read, and Audible has made the two-hour daily commute enjoyable!
This is one of those books I've heard about for years, but never got around to reading. It is fabulous and much deeper than I would have thought.
Adams originally made up this tale for his daughters on a road trip. They then begged him to write it down. The title is based on an area near where they lived in Hampshire, England. The story is loosely based on Adams' experiences in battle in the Netherlands during WWII. Many characters (good and bad) were loosely based on people involved in this battle.
The tale is a historic fantasy of a band of rabbits lead by Hazel, a small unimposing rabbit, after his younger brother Fiver has a vision that something horrible will happen to their warren. Think of it as"The Odyssey" for bunnies. The rabbits who follow Hazel and Fiver leave their home and face all sorts of adventures.
Even though the book anthropomorphizes the rabbits, and they have their own lapine speech, Adams worked with a scientist who studied rabbits, and they never do anything that isn't characteristic of rabbits. He wanted to make it more in the mode of "The Jungle Book" rather than Bugs Bunny.
Adams' rabbit culture is steeped in a story-telling/shaman tradition. Fiver is a seer and the other rabbits tell lesson fables of El-ahrairah, the great trickster rabbit. Weaved throughout the book is finding possibilities in what was impossible before. The rabbits never dreamed they could get across a stream on a piece of wood that floats. Also, they never had collaborated with other animals, but Hazel makes alliances that end up saving their group. Also they looked at how to adapt new things they saw. For instance after visiting a warren with a huge central room that was supported by the roots of a tree, they looked at how they could do the same. Their leaders were not frozen, but kept their minds opened.
The narration was Ralph Cosham was very fun. I definitely recommend this book highly.