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The Wind in the Willows | [Kenneth Grahame]

The Wind in the Willows

Here is a timeless tale of waterside Britain that has been loved by generations of children and acclaimed as a classic. The story of Mole, Ratty, Badger, and Toad, and their escapades, whether messing about on the river or poop-pooping in Toad's shiny new car, cannot fail to enchant.
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Here is a timeless tale of waterside Britain that has been loved by generations of children and acclaimed as a classic. The story of Mole, Ratty, Badger, and Toad, and their escapades, whether messing about on the river or poop-pooping in Toad's shiny new car, cannot fail to enchant.

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    Adriana Bate Pasadena, CA USA 05-26-10
    Adriana Bate Pasadena, CA USA 05-26-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Classic classic classic"

    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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Carl Smith 11-14-08
    Carl Smith 11-14-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Wonderful story and really good narration"

    The descriptions of forests and rivers and the personalities of the characters are delightful listening.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    J. Glemby long Island ,NY usa 09-18-14
    J. Glemby long Island ,NY usa 09-18-14 Member Since 2010
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    "My favorate read version of the willows!"

    This of course is a masterpiece of a novel..My review is more about the naration of this classic childhood story(therfore best for adults as well).There realy are so many great readings to choose from here..I have found ralph coshums reading very good.however,i like michael hordens the best..this is why..first, he has a grandfather type voice which is great for this book .second he reads nice and slow[note the difference in time length.]he realy makes this book perfect JOY...hope this helps you choose...enjoy...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    richard 04-20-14
    richard 04-20-14
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    "A classic read with charm"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Wind in the Willows to be better than the print version?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Old Greenwich, CT, USA 09-05-07
    Andrew Old Greenwich, CT, USA 09-05-07
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    "One drink too many?"

    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.

    7 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Michael 11-08-13
    Michael 11-08-13

    Classics, history, historical fiction, marketing, Napoleonic stuff and of course 'Boys own Adventure'. This is my bent. Occasional self help as well.

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    "What is the point?"

    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.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Molly Lancaster, PA, United States 08-18-11
    Molly Lancaster, PA, United States 08-18-11
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    "Love the book. Not loving the narration"

    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.

    1 of 11 people found this review helpful
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  • G. Hagley
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    4/19/13
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    "Childrens Classic"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Annika
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    "Great performance"

    A wonderful reading by Michael Hordern, which greatly adds to the text itself. Would give it six stars if available!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Patty
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    "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!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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