One of the best books ever, truly great literature. Who would think a novel about the adventures of rabbits could be this stimulating, exciting, & fascinating? I had to listen to the last hour without stopping; the story was too gripping to stop. The introduction, which was written in the past few years, lays a great foundation, & I loved knowing how Mr. Adams came to write the book & learning about his research. It made the book even better.
It's not the same genre at all, but what Larry McMurtry did in Lonesome Dove, Richard Adams did in Watership Down. It's very visual writing, so perfect you can clearly see each character & the setting, whether an English down, a rushing river, or inside a rabbit burrow.
I probably would not have downloaded this audiobook if my husband & I had not read it & loved it in the late 1970's. However I remembered it as a very special book, & I have to say I think we both enjoyed it even more listening than reading, just because Ralph Cosham has the perfect voices for each rabbit, & his inflection & tone for the whole book are perfect in every way. There are a lot of characters, but they're easy to keep straight because of Mr. Cosham's reading. Thank you, thank you, for a revisit to one of my favorite books of all time.
I read this in 1972 and absolutely loved it. Never could look at rabbits the same way!
Charlotte's Web because you enter the world of animals completely.
Out of all the Audible books I have purchased, his rich voice and perfect transition between the characters is my most favorite.
Yes! I made myself listen in the car on frequent road trips and believe me, it was hard to not listen in other settings!
This book is violent at times, but fits the theme of the story. I feel it might be too much for a young child, although, television, video games, etc. are much more so. Not having any small children of my own, I may be underestimating their ability to understand.
Yes, I would definitely listen to this again and again; I had read this book decades ago and have recommended it to so many people, just love it. It is so well written and interesting. The narration is superb! No one trying to "do" voices....just beautifully reading this wonderful story.
Oh, how ever could I choose? I would have to say "Fiver" as I can relate to the character.
Being an American, his fine British accent adds to the setting of the story.
Wouldn't change it if I could.
I am a jewelry artist, and I listen to audio books while I work in my studio; listening to Watership Down has certainly slowed down my working, as I find myself drifting off to the English countryside and rabbit country.
Fantastic, absorbing and rewarding.
The story had the perfect ending.
Can't compare, but I will say he did the rabbits justice.
I'd pick Fiver. He is such an interest character and full of nervous energy, I reckon he probably needs a good silflay.
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.