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Watership Down Audiobook

Watership Down

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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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    Laura Moncton, NB, Canada 06-28-12
    Laura Moncton, NB, Canada 06-28-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Stressful at first, but then I relaxed and enjoyed"
    Any additional comments?

    At first I found the odyssey stressful, but when I relaxed and let myself stop worrying, I enjoyed these tough, resourceful little rabbits. When the story was over, I grieved to leave my friends! I will never see rabbits the same again!

    The narration was incredible! Bravo!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    kathleen vandenburgh wilton, NH United States 05-28-12
    kathleen vandenburgh wilton, NH United States 05-28-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Fun to listen to a non-human adventure."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I loved the story and the Lapin language was charming. The rabbit characters showed respect for each other which seems to be lacking in most of the adventure books I've read lately.


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

    Not necessarily but I looked forward to turning it back on.


    Any additional comments?

    Narrator was great! Very soothing voice that easy to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Groton, NY, United States 05-22-12
    Michael Groton, NY, United States 05-22-12 Member Since 2015

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    "I cried at the End! Wow!"
    Where does Watership Down rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top 10


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Bigwig. Courage and continued loyalty to his friends. Stayed on his purpose despite having every opportunity to switch.


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

    Hazel wouldn't eat as much as Bigwig.


    Any additional comments?

    Wow! There's a reason why this book has captivated so many! (spoiler) I cried and cried when Bigwig took his stand! Great to see bravery like that.

    So much about what Hazel and Fiver stand for is what I would stand for in terms of community and resistance to tyranny.

    Adams did what I would like to do in my life--to create a story based on shared experiences with his children ( he began to make the story up by telling it to them) and then embellish it and follow it through to become something that really blesses many.

    Just a terrific tale!

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    Katherine New Hartford, CT, United States 03-12-12
    Katherine New Hartford, CT, United States 03-12-12
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    "Utter delight"

    This is one of the books that turned me into a devoted reader almost 30 years ago. To be transported so completely by a story and to care so deeply about the fate of a group of rabbits - this is magic and a rare treat. Lucky you if this is your first foray onto Watership Down. If you read it and loved it - give yourself a gift and listen!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    John Menlo Park, CA, United States 03-01-12
    John Menlo Park, CA, United States 03-01-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Phenomenal . . . what fiction should be . . ."

    In recommending this book--enthusiastically--to my mother (who HATES anthropomorphic stories) I asked her: "did you like 'Charlotte's Web'?"

    I can understand the publishing conundrum--a "children's story" that isn't written like a children's story . . . who buys it?

    Nonetheless---it's simply an excellent tale. Well-written, engaging . . . I enjoyed it immensely and can't wait until my daughter is a few years older . . . I'll be reading it to her someday.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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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 Member Since 2016
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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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    Ignatz 02-04-12
    Ignatz 02-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Epic & Wonderful"
    What about Ralph Cosham’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Cosham's performance was exactly how I heard the book inside my head when I first read it back in the 1970s.


    Any additional comments?

    For my money, this epic rivals Tolkein's Lord of The Rings or Homer's The Odyssey. I believe Richard Adams when he says in the introduction that this is no parable, only a story for his children. But it is such stories that guide children to greatness.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Los Altos, California, United States 01-30-12
    Christopher Los Altos, California, United States 01-30-12

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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