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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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    Alexandru OLYMPIA, WA, United States 09-24-12
    Alexandru OLYMPIA, WA, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2012
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    "wonderful and captivating story"

    This is imagination let loose. A fantastic saga about rabbits, very entertaining. The narrative flows like a river, it was like seeing it happen before me, very difficult to stop if you need to interrupt the story.
    It was very well read too.

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    Al SURPRISE, AZ, United States 08-29-12
    Al SURPRISE, AZ, United States 08-29-12
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    "Fun Iisten"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, parallels some of the political rhetoric of today...exemplifies that we are not going though new problems.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When "fiver" convinced the wayward rabbits to leave the snare laden warren. in his speech he described the axiom of "a Government big enough to give you anything is big enough to take everything."


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    movie already done...


    Any additional comments?

    The narrators "Brit" accent is captivating and fits the story very well!

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    Mary Dallas, Texas USA 08-27-12
    Mary Dallas, Texas USA 08-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "One of my favorites"

    Read it years ago and loved it. This format was very enjoyable too, due to the excellent narrator.

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    Jamie Nauvoo, IL, United States 08-13-12
    Jamie Nauvoo, IL, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2009

    I love to read!! These days I don't have the time so Now I LISTEN!!! and I LOVE it!!

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    "I completely enjoyed this book!"

    My father read this book to me when I was a child and I have wanted to read it again for years. I finally found it on audible. Listening to this book again brought back all my childhood visions with the twist an adult insight. it has secured this book forever as a favorite. My daughter listened to it for the first time this week and at 17 years old she loves it as much as me. The Narration was perfect. It is a wonderful listen for all ages!

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    Catherine CHEYENNE, WY, United States 08-04-12
    Catherine CHEYENNE, WY, United States 08-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Everyone should read this story"
    What made the experience of listening to Watership Down the most enjoyable?

    The story made me think that rabbits as well as other animals do communicate with one another and have a social hierarchy.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the story so much that I bought it for my grandsons.

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    Aaron Tucson, AZ, United States 08-02-12
    Aaron Tucson, AZ, United States 08-02-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Classic"
    Where does Watership Down rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a great classic that still runs true to todays life.


    What about Ralph Cosham’s performance did you like?

    The true features and behaviors of rabbits was very evident in the story.


    Any additional comments?

    so glad a re read this story as an adult.

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    Mona Nanaimo, BC, Canada 07-31-12
    Mona Nanaimo, BC, Canada 07-31-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Worth the credit"
    What did you love best about Watership Down?

    The character development.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Watership Down?

    I haven't finished it yet but so far it's the moment when fiver realized that hazel was alive because of his vision of hazel following the other rabbits home.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was read to me years ago in school and I remember being lost in the story and the characters. For years I wanted to read it again and then I decided to enjoy it like I originally did by having it read to me and I'm glad I did. The narrator has really brought the characters to life and Ive found myself feeling like I did as a child but with a better understanding of the political and religious influences that are underlined throughout the story.
    Defiantly a credit well spent.

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    Steve Hurlock 07-31-12
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    "Ralph Cosham brings this classic to life. Loved it"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Watership Down to be better than the print version?

    I loved this classic when I first read it years ago. Cosham's performance is alive, but print and audio are different media. I don't think a comparison is possible.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Fiver because of his spirituality and his eventual acceptance as a special menber of the warren. Hazel trusted him always, but others needed repeated examples of his powers.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    BigWig's breakout from General Woundwort's warren and the raft escape down the river.


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

    Hazel, because of his quiet leadership and democratic approach to being chief rabbit.


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    Leon Brisbane, Australia 07-28-12
    Leon Brisbane, Australia 07-28-12 Member Since 2014

    If at first you don’t succeed; call it Version 1.0 ...

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    "Classic Literature"
    Any additional comments?

    It can be difficult to explain how a book about rabbits can feel so touchingly human. Before I was even past the fifth chapter, I felt for Hazel, Fiver, Big Wig, and the rest of their company so completely that I had trouble not listening to the rest of the book.

    Richard Adams paints a beautiful story using the wilds of the English Countryside as his canvas, and Ralph Cosham is a masterful narrator of this classic.

    This is one I will certainly be listening to again in the future.

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    Louis 07-18-12
    Louis 07-18-12
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    "My favorite"

    I think this book should be a must read for all school children and then again when they are through with school. ( You never look at rabbits the same again). I think Richard Adams wrote this for his kids for entertainment and to learn a bit about life and that you will never know what you can do if you have the courage to persist.

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