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The Wind in the Willows | [Kenneth Grahame]

The Wind in the Willows

These are the exploits of Toad and the efforts of his friends, Ratty, Mole, Badger, and Otter, to control the rascal.
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Publisher's Summary

These are the exploits of Toad and the efforts of his friends, Ratty, Mole, Badger, and Otter, to control the rascal.

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What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Jennifer United States 05-18-06
    Jennifer United States 05-18-06
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    "perfect"

    My favorite 'children-of-all-ages' story, beautifully read.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Anderson, IN, USA 10-24-08
    Bonnie Anderson, IN, USA 10-24-08
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    "Family favorite"

    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.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Angie Kalispell, MT, United States 02-23-13
    Angie Kalispell, MT, United States 02-23-13
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    "Recording Brings Out the Loveliness of the Writing"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Wind in the Willows to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wind in the Willows?

    Rat and Mole going out all night to look for the little lost otter.


    What about Ralph Cosham’s performance did you like?

    His performance, most especially his accents and voices, was outstanding.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not necessarily. I enjoyed stringing it out and being able to listen to it in segments when I wanted to.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you, Mr. Cosham, for this contribution.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Holly Portsmouth, VA, United States 12-19-11
    Holly Portsmouth, VA, United States 12-19-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Kid-Level Story, College-Level Language"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ms Winston East Coast U.S.A. 08-12-14
    Ms Winston East Coast U.S.A. 08-12-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Beloved Classic"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Did Ralph Cosham do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and I almost did!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Eleanor 08-07-14
    Eleanor 08-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Ok but a little boring"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was worth the small price I paid. I would do it again.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Simon 05-10-14
    Simon 05-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Droning narrator"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ralph Cosham’s performances?

    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.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. I don't really know what the story would offer with a different reader.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Hall 12-17-13
    Jim Hall 12-17-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Gentle pleasures"
    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What does Ralph Cosham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Many of the parts of the story dealing with Mr. Toad are very funny.


    Any additional comments?

    This rendition of The Wind in the Willows makes it obvious why this novel is a classic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    CHESTER LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 03-18-12
    CHESTER LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, United States 03-18-12 Member Since 2007

    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.

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    "A Teaching Moment"

    ???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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Melbourne, Iowa, United States 11-22-11
    Mary Melbourne, Iowa, United States 11-22-11

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    "Great for the adult reader"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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