One of the most enjoyable works I've listened to via Audible. Not every book works for me when it's converted to audio. But this story, both complex and simple on different levels, was a joy to listen to--and thought provoking. I'd forgotten the tension the author creates in terms of staying true one's nature versus learning to adapt.
A fantasy and science-fiction lover - I'm also trying to find new voices and new authors.
Cosham's narration of this classic is superb, especially his telling of the rabbit legends, Rowsby Woof and the Fairy Wogdog is a delightful story all on its own.
Simply wonderful, will listen to it again and again.
Great Book! I first read this book as a kid and took it at kid values. Though Adams says the book is just a story made up on a long trip with his kids and that it has no hidden meanings, you certainly get the feeling that he is making statements on social issues. Putting that aside, the rabbit characters are wonderful with a wide range of personalities. They have different motivations, ambitions, and roles within their community. You live the rabbit life for the entirety of the book and enjoy it. It is a fun ride and ends on a great note. If you haven't read the book, do. If you have, take another look. You will not be disappointed.
Very creative story.
Good accents for some of the voices, but uses kind-of a same tone voice.
Watership Down is a great story. I have read the book a few times and really loved it in audio form. This was very well narrated and the book shines as an audio book. A classic made even better!
Watership Down is a tremendous work of imagination. All great writing is an exercise in empathy and Richard Adams transforms the reader into the mind, culture and body of a rabbit. There is so much careful work done to keep the physical actions and limitations of the rabbits true while opening up the interior landscape of the characters. They have honor, history, fear, bravery, duty, humor and cleverness. Their social interaction and structure is believable and mirrors how you would expect a warren to work. The myth making and history is pitch perfect; an oral tradition of cleverness and bravery. The language of the rabbits and their patois with the other animals, and the onomatopoeic nature of human and dog naming are another example of rich world-building. Watership Down is beautifully conceived and crafted folktale.
Keep your mind active.
I was a freshman in High School when I had to read Watership Down for an English class. Typical of a 13 year old boy just arriving in High School, I approached the assignment with dread. A children’s book, about rabbits, please do not let my friends see me reading it. From the moment I picked it up, I could not put it down. I still have that original paperback, worn and tattered, I have read it more times than I can remember. Re-reading the book always seemed like reuniting with old friends. It had been years since I last picked it up. Listening to the audible version added a new dimension to a story I love, and the narration was wonderfully done. If you have never read this book or if it has been a long time, I encourage you to listen to it again. I believe you will enjoy the experience. I look forward to the day when I can share Watership Down with my Grandchildren.
One of the very best.
It's such a great story but is such a great expose of the shortcomings and strengths of humankind, if we were rabbits of course.
I've read this book in print at least a dozen times, and even once in a translated version in Spanish while traveling in Spain as a young man. This book is right up there with The Lord of the Rings in my library as a must read every few years or so. I'm 60 years old now, so I'm guessing I'll have the pleasure of rereading this one a few more times before retiring myself to the great warren in the sky.
My first memory of Watership Down is of being terrified, as a young child, by General Woundwort in the cartoon version that came out in the 1970s. The story stuck with me and I read it while in school, then again when I was about 28, and then this year (substantially older) I listened to this version. The book never gets old for me, I seem to enjoy it more every time I listen. It is a classic adventure story in the truest sense of the word, as it draws inspiration from The Iliad, The Odyssey, Hamlet, and probably numerous other classics that I missed or just can't recall right now. The characters are incredibly likable, the story is fast-moving and compelling, and I can honestly say that as an adult, driving from one medical clinic to another, I found myself genuinely concerned about the fate of clan of fictional rabbits. Adams' technique is brilliant; a hallmark in my opinion of a well written novel is when you find yourself caring about even extremely minor characters.
The two books that come to mind as most comparable to this one are The Lord of the Rings and Steven King's The Stand. Epic adventure stories with a core group of characters, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, and contributing in their own way, facing a series of dramatic and varied challenges of existential importance. If you liked either of those, you'll probably like this. Considering the true "classics," certainly Hazel calls to mind Odysseus in many ways, with his propensity to solve problems through cleverness and deception rather than force; the structure of the book is more like the Aeneid, in that it combines an Odyssey-like section with an Illiad-like section, and in the same order as in Vergil's book.
The introduction is a hilarious bit of misdirection. The story Adams tells of how he just sat down out of nowhere and wrote the book after dinners with family in order to please his daughters strains credulity. He makes it seem so easy! But I am made more suspicious of that by the obviously, 100% certified untruth of his assertion that it is foolish to look for meaning in the book, because "It's just a story about rabbits." Meaningless stories about rabbits rarely introduce chapters with quotes from Homer, Aeschylus, and Shakespeare. Adams gives us his thoughts on friendship, on government, on freedom, on what it is important to value in life. I believe he poured his heart into this work and I'm grateful for the result.
A final note on the narrator, Ralph Cosham, who did an excellent job. The perfect choice for this book, he brought every character to life in a unique way. Keehar's accent was delightful. This audio version is now my preferred vehicle for this enchanting story.
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.