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Watership Down | [Richard Adams]

Watership Down

Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave immediately. So begins a long and perilous journey of survival for a small band of rabbits. As the rabbits skirt danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band, its humorous characters, and its compelling culture, complete with its own folk history and mythos.
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Publisher's Summary

Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave immediately. So begins a long and perilous journey of survival for a small band of rabbits. As the rabbits skirt danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band, its humorous characters, and its compelling culture, complete with its own folk history and mythos. Fiver's vision finally leads them to Watership Down, an upland meadow. But here they face their most difficult challenges of all.

A stirring epic of courage and survival against the odds, Watership Down has become a beloved classic for all ages. Both an exciting adventure story and an involving allegory about freedom, ethics, and human nature, it has delighted generations with its unique and charming world, winning many awards and being adapted to film, television, and theater.

©2000 Richard George Adams (P)2010 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

“Quite marvelous...A powerful new vision of the great chain of being.” (New York Times Book Review)

“Spellbinding....Marvelous....A taut tale of suspense, hot pursuit, and derring-do.” (Chicago Tribune)

“A classic....A great book.” (Los Angeles Times)

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    Fiona 02-15-12
    Fiona 02-15-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book, but does contain some violent scenes."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would most definitely recommend this book. I read this when I was a kid and decided to listen to it about 25 years later and I'm very glad I did. It is very well written and doesn't


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    Teresa MARION, NC, United States 02-11-12
    Teresa MARION, NC, United States 02-11-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Everything that makes audiobooks great..."

    I was first introduced to Watership Down as a young teen. I loved it at first reading and loved it every reading after that. Much can be read elsewhere about the plot and story line and I see no need to rehash what others can state much more eloquently. Suffice it to say, this will always be one of my favorite books. It is timeless and ageless, a beautiful and compelling allegorical novel with surprising depth and drama.

    As for the narration, Mr Cosham really delivers in this reading and it is a stellar performance. His characters are perfect and easily distinguished one from the other. In addition, he gives this story the respect and seriousness that is deserves. It may be a story about bunnies, but he treats it like the masterpiece it is.

    I cant imagine an audiobook getting any better than this. It has everything: wonderful story and superb narration.

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    Matt Everett, WA, United States 02-10-12
    Matt Everett, WA, United States 02-10-12
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    "The More i listened The more i loved it."
    Would you listen to Watership Down again? Why?

    Yes, Sometime in the future, when i run out of other books to listen to, i will most likely listen to this again. His book reminds me of my favorite author's books. I am a Brian Jacques fan, and this has a familiar feel to it. It reminds me of the redwall series. Surprisingly it is not very childish at all. It is a story that people of all ages can enjoy. Before i got into the redwall series, i probably would not have picked this up. I use to interpret books about animals, as being for children. However, if they are written well enough, no matter what a book is about, it can entertain an audience of all ages.


    What other book might you compare Watership Down to and why?

    Well as i stated above, i would compare it to the books in the redwall series. If you like books about animals going on adventures, with plenty of action sequences, then this is the book for you.


    Which character – as performed by Ralph Cosham – was your favorite?

    I would have to say Fiver. It seems to me he gets overlooked at times, not just in the book, but in peoples opinions of their favorite characters as well. I was a little upset, how after they escaped their warren, he kinda took a backseat to bigwig, and hazel. Bigwig was their enforcer/bodyguard, and Hazel was their leader. Yet if it wasn't for Fiver, none of them would even be alive right now. Quite often throughout the book, they continuously ignore Fiver, no matter how many times he is right about his predictions.


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

    I listened to this book while i was at work doing price changes. I only did price changes once a week and it was the only day i was allowed to listen to my own devices while at work so i had to pace myself. I always hated when i got done, because yes, i did want to keep listening. However, if i finished it all in one day, i would not have had anything to listen to the next couple of weeks during that one night doing price changes. And it gets really boring just hanging tags without having something other than music to listen to. However, now i no longer do price changes and just listen to them in my free time at home. So if i was listening now, i would probably have finished it in the first to days instead of over 3-4 weeks span.


    Any additional comments?

    The only other thing i can say about this book is, i wish that it was a series. Then i could have more great stories to listen to in the future.

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    Christopher Los Altos, California, United States 01-30-12
    Christopher Los Altos, California, United States 01-30-12 Member Since 2014

    USC grad, Audiobook lover of all kinds. Favorite narrator is Ralph Cosham.

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    "Listening to this made me want to buy a rabbit"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is perhaps my favorite audiobook of all time. I've only listened to about a dozen so far in my life and, much like my favorite book, I find myself coming back to it and just picking a random chapter to listen to when the mood strikes me.

    There's so much in this book to like: the wonderful story arc, the many tales of El-ahrairah that make up individual chapters, the amazing character development, and of course, Lapine, the rabbit language developed for the book.


    What other book might you compare Watership Down to and why?

    I have no other point of reference for something this good in an audio book.


    What about Ralph Cosham’s performance did you like?

    He nails every character, is spot on with the narrator voice, and doesn't try to stray too far from his typical voice to


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

    I won't say it made me cry, but, to borrow from Jake Epping (11/22/63),


    Any additional comments?

    Buy this now if you have a credit. If not, get an account and get a credit. It's a truly wonderful listen and perfect evidence for what makes audible so awesome: I never would have listened to this book had it not been for the listener reviews, specifically of the narrator.

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    Julia Grant Rocky River, OH, US 01-02-12
    Julia Grant Rocky River, OH, US 01-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "One of the best adventure stories ever!"
    If you could sum up Watership Down in three words, what would they be?

    Great story-telling!


    What did you like best about this story?

    the many stories that are woven together. There is an overall story line that holds things together perfectly, but the sub-stories are gems in themselves--genius!


    Which character ??? as performed by Ralph Cosham ??? was your favorite?

    Hazel


    If you could take any character from Watership Down out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Fiver--who wouldn't want access to his insights for an evening?


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book hard copy years ago and loved it. I decided it was time to revisit it, so listened this time. Still love it--one of the best adventure stories ever told.

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    S. Smith Memphis, TN 12-20-11
    S. Smith Memphis, TN 12-20-11 Member Since 2015
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    "One of my all-time favorites"
    Would you listen to Watership Down again? Why?

    I loved this book as a kid and enjoyed the audiobook version of it as well.


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    Susan 12-06-11
    Susan 12-06-11 Member Since 2008
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    "This book surprised me!"

    I've resisted this book, even though I'd read critical acclaim for Watership Down. A book about rabbits? The characters fascinated me, the descriptions of interactions, motives, and action were told with a storytellers eye to keeping the story moving. I loved it.

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    Kathleen Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands 12-03-11
    Kathleen Cayman Brac, Cayman Islands 12-03-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Animals say it so much better"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Watership Down to be better than the print version?

    I put them at equal value. What lacked from the hard copy to go back & forth for things I'd forgotten or didn't understand, I could go online & ask the question. For instance the language; I could reference on the internet a word I couldn't remember or didn't know the meaning of.


    What other book might you compare Watership Down to and why?

    I have written my own book Quest on the Marl Road in which I'd used the indigenous animals to plead for a human conscious in their development of our island home we share. I also liken it to Animal Farm which is another well written anthropomorphic fantasy that tells a true tale that needs to be heard. Sometimes it just takes hearing the story from a different perspective to understand the gravity of the book's cause.


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

    Possibly emotions I wouldn't have picked up on in the story the 1st read.


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

    I have a hard time picking out or reading greeting cards, so yes, I did cry & got physically fearful throughout the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I remembered reading the book when it 1st came out & my children watching the animated show. This was a very good medium to bring back the memory of the tale in my life. In fact I spoke to my 33 yr old daughter when I was through listening. She reminded me that her & her brother watched it so many times they would recite the script as they watched the movie. I remembered that as well & we had a really good laugh together.

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    Pat Anaheim, CA, United States 12-01-11
    Pat Anaheim, CA, United States 12-01-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Added to My List of Favorite Books"

    Who knew a story about adventuresome rabbits would grab me so? The narrator was wonderful, giving each rabbit his own voice and speaking perfect Lapine. It's a fantastic, somewhat slow moving tale, with a few "edge of your seat" moments. I loved all the little rabbit personalities, some of which were a far cry from the cute little fluffy bunnies I envision running around in Spring. My teenage son listened to portions of the book with me and was very interested. I'll have to pass it on to him now.

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    Jennifer Scappoose, OR, United States 11-30-11
    Jennifer Scappoose, OR, United States 11-30-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Was a fan of the movie when I was a child."

    The book did not disappoint at all! The book was even better! So happy I uploaded it! Thank you Audible

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