Watership Down is one of my all time favorite books. I love the hard copy. The story is exciting and I learned so much about rabbits. The narrator did a wonderful job. Listening to this book is a great pleasure for me.
Best Book Ever
Hazel, though I have always loved Bigwig, Dandelion, Blackberry, and many others (especially Kehaar). Adams ability to give each rabbit such strong personalities as well as unique roles is what makes this book and its characters great. Hazel the valiant leader, Fiver the doom-fearing fortune-teller, Bigwig the strong-willed warrior, Dandelion the quick-footed bard, Blackberry the clever advisor. Each of these characters are so clearly detailed it is incredible.
First of all, I believe Ralph Cosham is a wonderful voice-actor. His work on the Elder Scroll Series is great and to find out he was the reader of my all-time favorite book was perfect. He is able to bring a unique voice to all of the characters and could not have done a better job.
This was a story I first read when I was 14 and instantly became my favorite book. I used to read it at least once a year as a teenager. Although I hadn't heard the story in several years I continued to champion it as my all-time favorite book. After coming back to it this year thanks to Audible, I still stand firm in my belief. Watership Down by Richard Adams is an amazing story and Ralph Cosham's execution is flawless.
still tilting at windmills, after all of these years.
i read this years ago and remember how moving it was then. i went on to read shardik, the plague dogs, and the girl in a swing. all good. funny, i have read that adams had some trouble publishing because the *sigh* "target audience" was not clear: books about rabbits were going to turn off the adults and books written in an adult style were going to turn off the children. i handed the book to a reasonably bright teenage girl who came back with the latter response ... "nothing happened!" maybe she will give it a try later on. my advice: give yourself a treat, listen to the book for its use of language, its development of character, and its development of plot. be an adult for part of it, be a child for the rest. you shouldn't be disappointed.
a classic tale, enjoyable for kids and adults. This is one of those books that u read as a kid and then go back to every 10 years or so because it such a good story. All I really wanted to comment on is the performance. Frith in a pond! It was great.
I bought this book because of all the great reviews. For the first hour and a half I was wondering when the "great" was going to kick in. After about two hours I started to enjoy the book and it continued to get better. I ended up giving it a five and really did enjoy it.
I have been waiting for an unabridged audiobook to be made for such a long long time. I have a battered old hard copy much loved and an ancient abridged version that cut out all the adventures of El-ahrairah (so you could hardly call it Watership Down)
This is without a doubt my favorite book. I could read it over and over again and It just increases in loveliness. I hope this audiobook helps others discover a literary treasure that so many of us already hold so dear.
If you like this book be sure to look up the animated film which is a bit dated but still does the story full justice.
THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I have been trying to locate an unabridged recorded copy of this book forever. Thanks for listening and getting it!!! Great Birthday Present! General Woundwort Lives!
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.
No matter what words I choose here now, in no way can they describe how much I adore Watership Down. Not only is this audiobook perfectly written, but as Ralph Cosham narrates, the characters come to life! You can literally feel their emotions. I must say, with no exaggeration, I have chosen Watership Down as my all-time favorite for life. My daily life is dedicated to caring for animals, and this has enlightened me so much more about them! I have now incorporated the Lapine language into my day to day lifestyle as well. I sincerely love rabbits very much (and ALL animals of course!) A thousand thanks dear Richard Adams for the creation of such a masterpiece, your two darling daughters, Juliet and Rosamund who encouraged you to write it down and a thousand more to dear Ralph Cosham for bringing these precious and wonderful characters to life!
Variety...the spice of life! I read a variety of genres. From historical fiction, to murder mystery, to vampires and on to teen fiction.
What a great story that made me feel young at heart. I was pulling for the rabbits every step of the way.
Hazel of course. What a courageous and unselfish hero.
I would take Hazel and Blackberry. Hazel obviously because he's the lead hero, but Blackberry is so smart and clever. I'd like to talk to both.
Great story and performance. It was entertaining and made me care for the characters all the way.