Mr. Cosham's performance was exactly how I heard the book inside my head when I first read it back in the 1970s.
For my money, this epic rivals Tolkein's Lord of The Rings or Homer's The Odyssey. I believe Richard Adams when he says in the introduction that this is no parable, only a story for his children. But it is such stories that guide children to greatness.
USC grad, Audiobook lover of all kinds. Favorite narrator is Ralph Cosham.
This is perhaps my favorite audiobook of all time. I've only listened to about a dozen so far in my life and, much like my favorite book, I find myself coming back to it and just picking a random chapter to listen to when the mood strikes me.
There's so much in this book to like: the wonderful story arc, the many tales of El-ahrairah that make up individual chapters, the amazing character development, and of course, Lapine, the rabbit language developed for the book.
I have no other point of reference for something this good in an audio book.
He nails every character, is spot on with the narrator voice, and doesn't try to stray too far from his typical voice to
I won't say it made me cry, but, to borrow from Jake Epping (11/22/63),
Buy this now if you have a credit. If not, get an account and get a credit. It's a truly wonderful listen and perfect evidence for what makes audible so awesome: I never would have listened to this book had it not been for the listener reviews, specifically of the narrator.
Watership Down is a classic quest story. A group of rabbits looking for a new home. Along the way the have numerous adventures an meet a menagerie of interesting characters.
But underneath this fun and exciting adventure story is an allegory about evolution, mythology, politics, and leadership. Like many great books it has multiple entry points one can enjoy a fun adventure story with rabbits or a well crafted (very adult) observation on the nature of political ideologies and myth. This would be a great family car trip story as the kids would love the adventure story and the parents would find the allegory extremely interesting and insightful.
the many stories that are woven together. There is an overall story line that holds things together perfectly, but the sub-stories are gems in themselves--genius!
Fiver--who wouldn't want access to his insights for an evening?
I read this book hard copy years ago and loved it. I decided it was time to revisit it, so listened this time. Still love it--one of the best adventure stories ever told.
I loved this book as a kid and enjoyed the audiobook version of it as well.
I've resisted this book, even though I'd read critical acclaim for Watership Down. A book about rabbits? The characters fascinated me, the descriptions of interactions, motives, and action were told with a storytellers eye to keeping the story moving. I loved it.
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.