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 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.
I hadn't read the book as a child. Now, as an adult, I'm addicted to listening to books whenever I can....during my commute to work, or puttering around the house doing chores. I've started listening to some of the classic titles I missed in my youth, and this is one.
The reader is very good, having different "voices" for different characters which makes dialog so much easier to follow. And, any one who listens to books knows that the reader is just as important as the story...and sometimes more important. A poor reader can kill a good story.
The story is a classic tale with dependable heros and selfless acts of courage, where good always triumphs over evil. The world is full of disappointment and sorrow, and I love a story full of hearts that are true and strong and brave and unwavering.
Good read, uh, er, listen.
My daughter and I have been listening to this. i read it years ago and enjoyed it but the audio version is superb. Well read and the characters really come to life. The story doesn't date and suits all ages. try it!!!
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.
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