Watership Down has been reviewed by many with more insight and far more clever than me. There is sufficient reason that it has become so well loved. No need to recover that well-tread ground.
I want to focus on the narration, however. The late Ralph Cosham's performance is masterful and beautifully suited to the material and characters. Truly lovely.
I've listened to this audible probably 4 times now and I love it more and more. Incredibly epic and engaging story and Ralph Cosham is a genius. It's my favor in thing to listen to of all time!
I love WSD. every time I read it I notice something new. I also enjoyed the narrator and his whispy airy way of speaking Lapine
Having read the book many years ago, I still thought of bit and pieces of it from time to time. When I decided to listen to the audible version, I was delighted to find Ralph Cosham the narrator. Through all the Louise Penny books, I fell in love with his manner and voice and he did a lovely job here. And once again, I found much courage, strength and loyalty in this beautifully written story.
This story was so wonderful and the narrator, Ralph Cosham, was incredible. He deserves the Oscar!..if they only had one for narrators., he gave an oscar worthy performance!!!!!
Watership Down is truly a 5 star story and will be my favorite forever and ever! Thank you, Richard Adams (thank you Ralph Cosham) and THANK YOU "Audible" for bringing this to us!
We read/listened to this for a summer class. This would not have been as wonderful without Mr. Cosham's skill at narrating. He has a different voice for each character. We were held captive!
I had the misfortune of having a bad first impression of Watership Down. It was assigned to me as homework, and though I love to read, I do not like to do it under such stressful conditions. For over a decade I was convinced that Watership Down gets far too much credit as a classic.
I finally revisited the story through this audio book. This time around, I enjoyed every single minute of it (well, every minute that wasn't a story-pausing fable). I fell in love with the characters. I felt horrible suspense when they were in danger. Watership Down has a bit of a slow start, but it's a wonderful story. I'm so glad I have it a proper chance.
The narration in this production was superb. I would certainly recommend this reading of the book to others.
I approached this book with some trepidation as I had read it over 30 years ago when I was nine or ten years old and wasn't sure how it would stand up to the passage of time.
I shouldn't have been disappointed. I loved the story just as much now as I did then.
Its the perfect story. Talking animals, a bit of danger, lots of adventures, beautiful descriptions of nature, and a happy satisfying ending.
The narrator also does a great job with the perfect range of voices for the large cast of characters.
So, put the drudgeries of life to one side and joine with Hazel, Fiver and their company of rabbits on their romp across the Downs.
This is a tale of a few brave rabbits who learn freedom isn't free and their adventures and narrow escapes as they seek it. It teaches us that sometimes the weakest is also the wisest.