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)
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!
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.
Not necessarily but I looked forward to turning it back on.
Narrator was great! Very soothing voice that easy to listen to.
Bigwig. Courage and continued loyalty to his friends. Stayed on his purpose despite having every opportunity to switch.
Hazel wouldn't eat as much as Bigwig.
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!
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mr. Cosham's performance was exactly how I heard the book inside my head when I first read it back in the 1970s.
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.
USC grad, Audiobook lover of all kinds. Favorite narrator is Ralph Cosham.
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.
I have no other point of reference for something this good in an audio book.
He nails every character, is spot on with the narrator voice, and doesn't try to stray too far from his typical voice to
I won't say it made me cry, but, to borrow from Jake Epping (11/22/63),
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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