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"Cosham sounds as if he is reading his favorite work of fiction, and his affection is contagious. Keep this nearby, it's the prescription for happiness." (AudioFile)
Mole, Rat, Toad and friends are real personalities in Ralph Cosham's brilliant narration. All the joy and humor packed into this terrific story come through. Listening to Wind in the Willows with Christmas tree lights on and hot chocolate in hand has become a Christmas tradition for our family. Even our teens carve out 4 or 5 evenings during the season to settle in and enjoy.
I tried reading the print version aloud, but it was this audio version that really did it justice and helped me see the poetry of the book. I loved listening while I did chores--it was entertaining, yet soothing.
Rat and Mole going out all night to look for the little lost otter.
His performance, most especially his accents and voices, was outstanding.
Not necessarily. I enjoyed stringing it out and being able to listen to it in segments when I wanted to.
Thank you, Mr. Cosham, for this contribution.
I am 40 years old and college-educated; I never read this book as a child or teen. I loved the writing of this book: beautiful, descriptive language, just really fantastic, classic prose. But the story was still basically a children's story. If I were to read this to my 7-year-old son, who has an excellent vocabulary for his age, I would still be stopping frequently to explain the meaning of words. As as adult, I thoroughly loved the language, but appreciated the story more out of nostalgic whimsy.
I would recommend this version for an adult who loves the original book as much as do I. I am not sure that I would buy this version for a young child who might have trouble with the narrator's pronounced British accent.
I have loved the Wind in the Willows for decades -- it is the perfect story for those who love the idea of exploring loyalty and friendship without it getting in the way of the story.
I thought he did an okay job, although I didn't care particularly for his Mole and Toad. Mole was too soft and Toad just wasn't my idea of the character. I think he did an admirable Rat and an excellent rendition of the old sea-fairing Rat -- he sounded like an Old Salt. As I indicated above, I gave the narrator a 3 star rating because I felt younger children might have difficult understanding the very British accent. I was fine with it, other than indicated.
Yes, and I almost did!
The narrator was dull and droning. We tried twice to listen to this as a family for 30 mins to an hour each time. Both times parents and child got bored quickly. I can't really judge the story (which I realise is a classic) as we couldn't maintain interest past the narrator. Each character sounded the same and missed the distinct personalities and interest I am sure they could have offered.
No. I see other reviewers like his performances.
I managed to get through Watership Down (a great story!) but I lost my family along the way to the deep drone of Ralph Cosham.
Disappointment. I don't really know what the story would offer with a different reader.
I had seen the Disney cartoon version of The Wind in the Willows years ago, but had never read the book. The idyllic settings and rather lyrical prose, coupled with a charming cast of characters, make this a very enjoyable story.
Listening to Mr. Cosham is like hearing a favorite uncle tell a story (a Welsh uncle, actually; I can't help but remember his wonderful performance of How Green was My Valley). The voices he gives to each character are unique enough to be recognizable without being over the top, and his narration is very easy to listen to.
Many of the parts of the story dealing with Mr. Toad are very funny.
This rendition of The Wind in the Willows makes it obvious why this novel is a classic.
Faced with mindless duty, when an audio book player slips into a rear pocket and mini buds pop into ears, old is made new again.
???Wind in the Willows??? charms its audience with animal characters that live near a river, probably the Thames, in London, England. Rat is the brains; Badger is the brawn; Mole is the anti-hero, and Toad is the fool; the fool that learns an important life lesson. ???You are a Toad??? is not what one wants to be called; Kenneth Grahame???s 1908 anthropomorphized animal tale tells why.
Back to school and taking a Children's Literature course. This was a great way to keep up on the readings and enjoy the story, as though listening with children's ears! Well told and the voice changes were consistent. Listened during my hour commute. Should have started doing this sooner.
It was worth the small price I paid. I would do it again.
The narrator dragged on a little and I could barely differentiate between characters. I think he made it a little more boring than it otherwise would have been.
"Why do some books become famous?"
At school my class read this book. Since I was a bad reader (haha, before audiobooks!) I didn't keep up and missed the story. So, I thought I would catch up, 40 years on. Better left as a vague memory, probably. What is this strange religious episode where a half-man half-goat demi-God rescues a baby otter - that Victorian throw back is conveniently deleted from the collective memory of this whimsical, children's story. Why the fame? Must be the character Toad. I know a man like him, I guess everyone does, and I guess that is genius.
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