I put them at equal value. What lacked from the hard copy to go back & forth for things I'd forgotten or didn't understand, I could go online & ask the question. For instance the language; I could reference on the internet a word I couldn't remember or didn't know the meaning of.
I have written my own book Quest on the Marl Road in which I'd used the indigenous animals to plead for a human conscious in their development of our island home we share. I also liken it to Animal Farm which is another well written anthropomorphic fantasy that tells a true tale that needs to be heard. Sometimes it just takes hearing the story from a different perspective to understand the gravity of the book's cause.
Possibly emotions I wouldn't have picked up on in the story the 1st read.
I have a hard time picking out or reading greeting cards, so yes, I did cry & got physically fearful throughout the book.
I remembered reading the book when it 1st came out & my children watching the animated show. This was a very good medium to bring back the memory of the tale in my life. In fact I spoke to my 33 yr old daughter when I was through listening. She reminded me that her & her brother watched it so many times they would recite the script as they watched the movie. I remembered that as well & we had a really good laugh together.
Who knew a story about adventuresome rabbits would grab me so? The narrator was wonderful, giving each rabbit his own voice and speaking perfect Lapine. It's a fantastic, somewhat slow moving tale, with a few "edge of your seat" moments. I loved all the little rabbit personalities, some of which were a far cry from the cute little fluffy bunnies I envision running around in Spring. My teenage son listened to portions of the book with me and was very interested. I'll have to pass it on to him now.
The book did not disappoint at all! The book was even better! So happy I uploaded it! Thank you Audible
Since discovering audible, my life is richer. I live in a small rural KS community, with higher than average IQ which can be a bad combo at times. Audible allows me to be myself.
This is one of my top 10 books now. It sounds like a children's book but it isn't. I totally got lost in the story. Even King's character in his new book makes a reference to the book.
I have never reviewed anything from my aubile library, which ranges from extreme to fantasy, until Watership Down. My goodness, I have traveled, fed, ran, dug a borrow, hid, and listened to El-ahreirah, felt the weariness and the triumphs of these wonderful rabbits.
The author has totally captured Hazel, Fiver, Bigwig and the main rabbit characters into symbolical human characters. I missed great stories being told but after listening to the narrator, I believe i would never miss a next team up from the same author and narrator.
Thank you for bringing these rabbits to life.
What an incredible mind Richard Adams has to have created this whole world - something as common as rabbits become such individuals - it is truly amazing! I laughed and cried (how's that for unique and original) and learned at least one new word that has become part of my vocabulary (tharn - read the book and see what that's all about). The characterization of each individual rabbit in this book is as rich and deep as any human character I've loved through literature (like the boys in "Lord of the Flies" or the kids at Hogwarts) and the fact that they were rabbits didn't take away from that - and yet, they were not anthropomorphized - they had rabbit traits, not human traits. How'd he manage that?
To sum it up, this book is a great adventure, and I think I'll never look at the myriads of bunnies running around our neighborhood in quite the same way again!
Loving my life and hanging out with my four grandchildren!
This was an all around wonderful stroy! The narration was right on the money and really made me see everything in my minds eye! Good Job!!
My friend wanted me to read this book and just couldn't get into it. When I saw it on audible I thought finally she will get off my back. NOW, I am telling all my friends they MUST read or listen, I love this book. I have listened to it twice since I purchased it a month ago. Ralph Cosham is a great reader, it makes it literally come alive. Great book, Great Reader! I highly recommend!
I never read the book Watership Down in print, though I always wanted to, so I decided to listen to the audiobook instead. The author has a made up language for rabbits included in the story, and I think if I had tried to read the words in print, I would have gotten hung up on the unfamiliar words.
The ending was exciting, and all the adventures the rabbits get into are very thrilling.
I think it was easier to follow the characters with the distinct voices the narrator used, more so than trying to read the book.
I really felt strongly for the rabbits, and I kept trying to figure out what was going to happen next. I wished I hadn't waited so long to get to this book.
I never read this in the 70s when it was popular, but I did now, and am so sorry that I did not read this to my kids when they were growing up. One of my favorite features of this book is the stories told by the rabbits within the story. This book is both fun and thoroughly engaging, by providing drama and danger. Love the lapine word for car... "hrududu"!