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The Wind in the Willows | [Kenneth Grahame]

The Wind in the Willows

"...there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats." So says Rat, as he welcomes the lonely Mole to the community of the River. Whether messing about in boats, touring in Toad's motorcar, or simply relaxing at home, Mole, Rat, Otter, Toad, and Badger demonstrate the honorable human characteristics of kindness, patience, and tolerance toward all that have made this classic tale beloved by generations since it was first published in 1908.

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Publisher's Summary

"...there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats." So says Rat, as he welcomes the lonely Mole to the community of the River. Whether messing about in boats, touring in Toad's motorcar, or simply relaxing at home, Mole, Rat, Otter, Toad, and Badger demonstrate the honorable human characteristics of kindness, patience, and tolerance toward all that have made this classic tale beloved by generations since it was first published in 1908. Narrator Terry Jones of Monty Python fame produced a version of The Wind in the Willows for British television in 1995.

Copyright (P)1996 by Dove Audio, Inc.

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    Richard Castro Valley, CA, USA 05-25-04
    Richard Castro Valley, CA, USA 05-25-04 Member Since 2003
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    "Timeless Classic, Inspired Reading"

    You should definitely listen to a sample before purchasing, because Terry Jones will not be perfectly clear to the average American. However, if you are willing to spend the time getting used to his accent (or if you were raised on Monty Python) this is a very rewarding reading of the Wind in the Willows. Mr. Jones reads this story with a great deal of emotion and brings each character to life with a distinct and interesting voice. Highly Recommended.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Niwot, CO, USA 07-11-05
    Jonathan Niwot, CO, USA 07-11-05
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    "Wonderful book, wonderful reading"

    I sampled all the audiobooks on Audible to see which reading my kids would like best, and I picked this one, and I'm glad I did. Terry Jones does a fantastic job at giving each character his own voice; the other narrators hardly did so, or didn't even try. The extra characterization and the intonation made this a really great book for my kids to listen to.

    I don't recommend it for younger kids because of the complicated language and words the author used. A lot of the story went over the head of my 6 year old, though my 9 year old understood most of it.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Donn Edwards Johannesburg, South Africa 09-08-05
    Donn Edwards Johannesburg, South Africa 09-08-05

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    "A great classic that is expertly read"

    Terry Jones reads this classic with great skill, wonderful accents and a sunny enthusiasm that is delightful. I found myself smiling along as he read, although the pace is a little brisk for listening in a very noisy environment.

    Children of all ages will be enchanted by this book, and I'm glad I bought it. I look forward to listening to it often. It cheers me up whenever I'm feeling gloomy.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Peggy Sausalito, CA, USA 03-21-10
    Peggy Sausalito, CA, USA 03-21-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Fabulous narration!"

    Terry Jones brings the little creatures to life. The pace and his voices for each of the creatures: the gentle mole, the clever water rat, the gruff but wise badger, and the crazed toad, were perfection. The only part of the story that dragged a bit was the overly long portion involving the sea rat. This story is still thoroughly enjoyable at any age.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Josie 04-19-12
    Josie 04-19-12 Member Since 2007
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    "As it should be"

    Terry Jones does a truely beautiful job of narrating this classic childrens tale. This is a story to you will listen to over and over again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dorothy Boksburg, South Africa 01-03-12
    Dorothy Boksburg, South Africa 01-03-12
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    "Fun and easy to imagine!"

    Downloaded the book for my grandson - it is fun, the best part was listening at bedtime and not having to read myself.

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    Paul SligoIreland 10-23-03
    Paul SligoIreland 10-23-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Classic - Careful"

    While the book is a classic that no one will fail to enjoy it might be worth listening to a preview to check if the reading is comprehensible to you. I struggled with the readers accent and so did other listners. Perhaps downloading a different format will improve things.

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    Keri TX 02-12-13
    Keri TX 02-12-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Wonderful!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Wind in the Willows to be better than the print version?

    I love both the printed and audio version of this classic book. I alternated between reading this book aloud to my eight year old and listening to the audio. I definitely think this is a book that should be heard and not just read silently. The author is a master at poetic devices. Alliteration, repetition, assonance, internal rhymes and more are easily heard!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator, Terry Jones, is incredible. I chose this narrator after listening to the others because I knew I wanted a British accent and a male. He does the different characters with different voices, yet in a natural and not contrived way. I took considerable time listening to the samples of all the versions available. I am completely happy with this narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    The WInd in the Willows is a children's classic and rightfully so. Some have commented that it is boring. My child loved it! As we read we grew to love the characters especially Ratty and Mole. The vocabulary is challenging, but my daughter was able to narrate and understand the story. I think books like this must be read in childhood for our children to have any hope of loving the more challenging classics they will encounter in high school.

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    "The Wind in the Willows (Unabridged)"

    This was an excellent reading of one of my favourite children?s story of all times. The toad was as full of life and energy as always, the characters and surroundings of the riverbank really came alive. It is lovely to have all of the book rather than just the bits used in the dramatisations. I would strongly recommend this version to both those who know and love the book and those who have never come across it.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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