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.
“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)
My friend wanted me to read this book and just couldn't get into it. When I saw it on audible I thought finally she will get off my back. NOW, I am telling all my friends they MUST read or listen, I love this book. I have listened to it twice since I purchased it a month ago. Ralph Cosham is a great reader, it makes it literally come alive. Great book, Great Reader! I highly recommend!
I never read the book Watership Down in print, though I always wanted to, so I decided to listen to the audiobook instead. The author has a made up language for rabbits included in the story, and I think if I had tried to read the words in print, I would have gotten hung up on the unfamiliar words.
The ending was exciting, and all the adventures the rabbits get into are very thrilling.
I think it was easier to follow the characters with the distinct voices the narrator used, more so than trying to read the book.
I really felt strongly for the rabbits, and I kept trying to figure out what was going to happen next. I wished I hadn't waited so long to get to this book.
I never read this in the 70s when it was popular, but I did now, and am so sorry that I did not read this to my kids when they were growing up. One of my favorite features of this book is the stories told by the rabbits within the story. This book is both fun and thoroughly engaging, by providing drama and danger. Love the lapine word for car... "hrududu"!
Rabbits! Who in their right mind would enjoy a book about rabbits? I sure did. More than I can tell you in just these few words. What an extraordinary book. Beyond my ability to comment on. This book hooked and pulled at every emotion I have. What an adventure. Indeed. I was so very skeptical when I selected this book. After hundreds of books...I can truthfully say that this is one of my very favorites. The author has a way of creating and reaching inside your soul. If you have a heart...and a love and respect for life... You Will Absolutely Love This Book... You may even find yourself scrunching your nose a bit like our fiends as you listen... Lest I forget... the narrative is absolutely wonderful... The numerous accents, dialects etc. are a joy to the ear... Happy listening!
No matter what words I choose here now, in no way can they describe how much I adore Watership Down. Not only is this audiobook perfectly written, but as Ralph Cosham narrates, the characters come to life! You can literally feel their emotions. I must say, with no exaggeration, I have chosen Watership Down as my all-time favorite for life. My daily life is dedicated to caring for animals, and this has enlightened me so much more about them! I have now incorporated the Lapine language into my day to day lifestyle as well. I sincerely love rabbits very much (and ALL animals of course!) A thousand thanks dear Richard Adams for the creation of such a masterpiece, your two darling daughters, Juliet and Rosamund who encouraged you to write it down and a thousand more to dear Ralph Cosham for bringing these precious and wonderful characters to life!
After finishing this, the only way I could stop being sad it was over was to make all my friends listen to it too. It was the perfect blend of an adventure story and a character story. Not only are the characters and plot totally winning, but Ralph Cosham brings it all perfectly to life. In fact, I would recommend listening to it over reading it.
I may never look at rabbits the same again.
I think I would've liked this a whole lot more if I'd read it as a teenager, or younger. As an adult it's a charming story. I like how Adams was about to anthropomorphise the rabbits while still staying within the bounds of rabbit behaviour.
Worth the credit for sure.
I tried without success to get my 9 year old into this tail. It's just too slow and dull for kids these days. I did continue with the story and found that I built interest as the story progressed. Overall, I thought the story was pretty good but probably geared more towards adults.
To listen to a great book while I knit is heaven on earth.
I thoroughly enjoyed the time spent with Watership Down. I got caught up in the action. Ralph Cosham does a wonderful job bringing all the different rabbits to life.
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