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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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    Melinda UT 03-25-12
    Melinda UT 03-25-12 Member Since 2009

    So hooked by audio that I have to read books aloud. *If my reviews help, please let me know.

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    "DITTO"
    What made the experience of listening to Watership Down the most enjoyable?

    It was original, creative, imaginative, and written wonderfully. The narration also added to a flawless and enjoyable production.


    What other book might you compare Watership Down to and why?

    Charlotte's Web, Felidae, Lion King, Firebringer trilogy


    Which character ??? as performed by Ralph Cosham ??? was your favorite?

    Each had qualities I thought added to the story; probably Hazel for his leadership qualities and his integrity, Bigwig for his boldness and courage, Blackberry for his cleverness and dedication, Fiver for his tenderness. I understand the reason for Cosham's Norwegian accent with the character Kehaar, but found his rendering a little difficult to understand.


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

    General Woundwort--with some Bataka bats to work out his anger and abandonment issues; Fiver for obvious reasons.


    Any additional comments?

    A lovely listen. At times I thought it became just little tedious towards the end and suggest it be listened to over a period of time to really appreciate it fully.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    SirOrin 04-29-12
    SirOrin 04-29-12
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    "Favorite Book of All Time"
    If you could sum up Watership Down in three words, what would they be?

    Best Book Ever


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hazel, though I have always loved Bigwig, Dandelion, Blackberry, and many others (especially Kehaar). Adams ability to give each rabbit such strong personalities as well as unique roles is what makes this book and its characters great. Hazel the valiant leader, Fiver the doom-fearing fortune-teller, Bigwig the strong-willed warrior, Dandelion the quick-footed bard, Blackberry the clever advisor. Each of these characters are so clearly detailed it is incredible.


    What does Ralph Cosham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    First of all, I believe Ralph Cosham is a wonderful voice-actor. His work on the Elder Scroll Series is great and to find out he was the reader of my all-time favorite book was perfect. He is able to bring a unique voice to all of the characters and could not have done a better job.


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

    Yes, repeatedly.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a story I first read when I was 14 and instantly became my favorite book. I used to read it at least once a year as a teenager. Although I hadn't heard the story in several years I continued to champion it as my all-time favorite book. After coming back to it this year thanks to Audible, I still stand firm in my belief. Watership Down by Richard Adams is an amazing story and Ralph Cosham's execution is flawless.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Scott 08-23-11
    Scott 08-23-11 Member Since 2004

    still tilting at windmills, after all of these years.

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    "yikes!"

    i read this years ago and remember how moving it was then. i went on to read shardik, the plague dogs, and the girl in a swing. all good. funny, i have read that adams had some trouble publishing because the *sigh* "target audience" was not clear: books about rabbits were going to turn off the adults and books written in an adult style were going to turn off the children. i handed the book to a reasonably bright teenage girl who came back with the latter response ... "nothing happened!" maybe she will give it a try later on. my advice: give yourself a treat, listen to the book for its use of language, its development of character, and its development of plot. be an adult for part of it, be a child for the rest. you shouldn't be disappointed.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jonnie Panama City, FL, United States 10-11-10
    Jonnie Panama City, FL, United States 10-11-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Nice story"

    I bought this book because of all the great reviews. For the first hour and a half I was wondering when the "great" was going to kick in. After about two hours I started to enjoy the book and it continued to get better. I ended up giving it a five and really did enjoy it.

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    Kasey Portland, OR, USA 06-25-10
    Kasey Portland, OR, USA 06-25-10
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    "FINALLY"

    I have been waiting for an unabridged audiobook to be made for such a long long time. I have a battered old hard copy much loved and an ancient abridged version that cut out all the adventures of El-ahrairah (so you could hardly call it Watership Down)

    This is without a doubt my favorite book. I could read it over and over again and It just increases in loveliness. I hope this audiobook helps others discover a literary treasure that so many of us already hold so dear.

    If you like this book be sure to look up the animated film which is a bit dated but still does the story full justice.

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    CatBookMom 04-22-14
    CatBookMom 04-22-14
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    "What took me so long?"

    This has been a favorite book for many years, but I never seemed to get around to listening.

    Ralph Cosham is really outstanding. As an example, when he's reading the part of the dog, Rowsby Woof, he uses a sharp speech pattern that almost sounds like short, sharp barks. And a perfect Scandinavian accent for the seagull, Kehaar. I'm sad that I took so long to finally listen to this old favorite, and I'm sorry that it's over. It will definitely be a favorite re-listen.

    Highly recommended.

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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 02-11-12
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 02-11-12 Member Since 2010

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "Water Colored Memories"

    Like everyone else, I first read this in the 70's. It was required reading in my English Class in college. My memories of it, were that it was an excellent book, six stars. I felt like I was one of the rabbits and I loved the book.

    With this audible version, and with it over 30 years later, I have to wonder about my water colored memories, could it be it was all so simple then or did time rewrite every line. Then I was young, I was not as well read, matter of fact I did not like to read in High School.

    I enjoyed the book the second time around, but no where near as much as I did 30 years ago. This is a good audio version, so I don't know if it is better to read the book or listen. Most likely I am more critical when I read now. This is a very intelligent book and is not a children's book, anymore then Bullwinkle and Rocky was a children's cartoon. I think a child would greatly enjoy the book, but not totally understand all that is going on and an adult will enjoy the book, understanding the more adult themes of the book. You have to shut out the more critical part of your mind and just enjoy.

    Hazel is a great leader and a make love, not war type rabbit. I had problems with Big Wig and war like rabbits who fight cats. That was a little hard to swallow the second time around. Doe's are good for one thing and one thing only and sometimes they are not even good at that. A modern women could have problems with that message.

    I recommend the book, but suggest you don't over analysis.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica minneapolis, MN, United States 03-06-11
    Jessica minneapolis, MN, United States 03-06-11 Member Since 2006

    i'm listening

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    "brilliant peformance"

    a classic tale, enjoyable for kids and adults. This is one of those books that u read as a kid and then go back to every 10 years or so because it such a good story. All I really wanted to comment on is the performance. Frith in a pond! It was great.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra United States 08-10-10
    Sandra United States 08-10-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Watership Down"

    THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! I have been trying to locate an unabridged recorded copy of this book forever. Thanks for listening and getting it!!! Great Birthday Present! General Woundwort Lives!

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    Jean Reston, Virginia 09-25-14
    Jean Reston, Virginia 09-25-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Does Ralph Cosham have a fan club?"

    Like everyone else, I loved this book when I read it to my children years ago. It is one of the most brilliant books I've ever read.

    It was even better to listen to under Ralph Cosham's steady, comforting, brilliant narration. He subtly renders each rabbit's voice and personality perfectly. And his accents for non-lapine characters, especially Kehaar the Norwegian seagull, were hilarious yet somehow moving.

    I confess I was already a huge fan of his because of his flawless inhabiting of the character of Inspector Gamache in the Louise Penny mysteries. I may be a grandmother, but I still have a crush on Ralph Cosham!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Classic book which was lovely to revisit"

    When my husband chosse this I was a bit peeved - after all I had read it many times over the years. However, I soon got caught up in the story and the characters. I liked the narrator's voice and characterisation.

    Worth listening to even if you think you know it well. Very entertaining.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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