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.
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“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)
I was not previously familiar with this story but became intrigued by the Audible description and took a chance. It was well worth it. An engaging, anthropomorphic metaphor for much of the human communal experience. I found it particularly interesting in light of current issues. I won't say more at risk of giving too much away, but highly recommended -- it can be enjoyed by young children (5 and up) at the simplest level, and inspire thoughtful consideration of broader meanings in older youth and adults. Nicely done narration as well.
I would highly recommend this story to readers of all ages. A classic in it's own rights, creativity blending story and characters in a fashion to keep the listener enthralled with little or no effort.
I particularly liked the blend of character personalities.
Ralph Cosham's gift of narration brings to light the complexity of personalities that I don't
think the average reader could appreciate or reveal with only one reading.
Watership Down was a classic that I had often heard of but had never read. It was well worth checking out and I can't wait for my son to be old enough so I can listen to it with him.
The story was very engaging throughout. It definitely takes it's time as compared to modern popular thrillers but I never felt like it got bogged down. I would compare the pacing to The Lord of the Rings (and that is a good thing). The main characters were very enjoyable (Hazel, Bigwig, and General Woundwort especially) and it was great to see them grow and mature throughout the book. The tales of El-ahrairah were wonderful and only added to the flavor of the world of Watership Down.
The narration was was positively top-notch. I can't imagine someone doing a better job. Great as a narrator, superb as a voice actor, Ralph Cosham really knocked it out of the park. Each character had an incredible amount of life and energy.
I'd avoided reading Watership Down for ages, but I finally got curious enough to listen when this book became available. I liked it much better than I expected to. The rabbits weren't twee or cutesy, which is what I was mostly worried about.
A good, serious story.
The story is rich with details, the characters vivid, and the narrator was the perfect choice to bring these wonderful, courageous characters to life. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to listening to it again to catch everything I missed. Really exceeded my expectations.
This book is classic and the message is a great lesson for the young and old.
I had heard about this story about rabbits and I anticipated a childrens story. However there were so many levels that I continued thinking about it for weeks after.
I read Watership Down when it first was published and I have memories of truly enjoying this tale of rabbits and their daily life and struggle. I purchased WD on sale and I am delighted with this excellent presentation. The story is thrilling and the characters are charming, intelligent, strong and captivating. I highly recommend this excellent both for book and narrator.
As a diehard fan of murder mysteries I purchased this title only because it was on sale. The best choice I made. How a story about rabbits could enthrall me as it did, surprises even me now.
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