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This a not only a story for children all about the adventures of stalwart Rat, loyal Mole, down-to-earth Badger and the ever-irrepressible Toad. Kenneth Graham appears to have been also a keen and loving observer of nature: his descriptions of the English countryside, its herbs and animals, are breathtakingly beautiful. Add to this the simply delicious reading by Michael Hornden, complete with spot-on characterizations and the jauntiest motorcar horn you're likely ever to hear and what you have is an audiobook to put right next to that old hardback copy you have stashed away among your treasures.
No. Nothing can replace the cognitive experience of reading printed words. However many of us do have learning disabilities and audio books are a lovely solution. In addition , a book of this quality would be ideally suited for younger readers to listen to as they develop their reading skills. I listened to it while recovering from heart surgery when fatigue made managing a book far too difficult. The lovely gentle adventures and friendships , the beautiful descriptive language - it was all very calming and restorative.
Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.
This story goes nowhere and is quite a lot of waffle. Nicely prosed but really, these characters seem a little mentally stupid. The toad is a fool and as for the rat and mole, well best have them put out of their misery. The recording was 'tinny'. Michael Hordern did a good job but that is about the best you could say for Kenneth Grahame's 'The Wind in the Willows'. He would of been better cleaning his carpets or teeth rather than writing this dribble.
Narration is of poor quality. Sounds like the narrator has had one too many drinks the night before reading this! Very hard to understand. There are so many great potential English narrators - why this old guy was selected is completely beyond me!
I grew up with this classic kids story (actually lived just down the street from Pangbourne where Kenneth Graham wrote this ). Thought this would be great for my kids on a recent road trip to the UK. I wasted my money - don't waste yours. Stick with the classic book and enjoy reading it to your kids at bed time.
I got this for my children to listen to, but yhr thickish British accent and the dry way of reading it made it difficult for them to wade through. I get these so that great books come alive for them in a way I cant, but Im pretty sure my version will be more entertaining.
Narrated by the wonderful Michael Horden, this is and all time classic. You follow the well known adventures of Ratty, Mole, Badger and Mr Toad as they have fun on the river, scares from the weasels in the Wild Wood and deal with the extravagances of Mr Toad. If you don't know the story i urge you to read it, children of all ages will love it. If you do then this is the version to get.
A wonderful reading by Michael Hordern, which greatly adds to the text itself. Would give it six stars if available!
"Son loves it"
We read Winnie the Pooh with our three year old, and he loves listening to this version of the stories over and over again, and often goes to sleep listening to it. The narration is lovely, not too fast, and the characters voices are easy to tell apart. I find Piglet's voice a bit irritating, but he loves it! Each chapter is separated by some gentle music and easy to navigate too. We're just bought The House at Pooh Corner as well!
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