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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Terry Jones understands the characters deeply: his voicing of each player makes them unique and incredibly appropriate to who they are. A soothing tale, the aural equivalent of slipping into a warm bath robe and slippers, the characters quickly become old friends to re-visit when you just need to escape to the comfort of a sweet and satisfying story.
I love the atmosphere and comforting world that you can immerse yourself easily in.
Terry Jone's gift for character and narrative makes this book expressive and fascinating in a way a less skilled performer could never do. His talent for narration is also in full display: not only is his voice work perfection, his telling of the vignettes in each chapter is so vivid you can close your eyes and see the book unfold like a play.
The emotion is joy and peace, and satisfaction. This is not designed to work you up or make you think terribly hard, but to enjoy your time with the characters, and maybe glean a little moral from the characters about life, but nothing too strenuous.
As with many audio books, the chapter cutoffs don't match the actual chapters. It's still a great listen... if you have a favorite chapter be sure to bookmark it.
Downloaded the book for my grandson - it is fun, the best part was listening at bedtime and not having to read myself.
"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.
I've been looking for an unabridged version of the Wind in the Willows since listening to an Alan Bennett version on cassette when I was younger. After hunting around for ages I was delighted to discover this Terry Jones version. I love him as an actor and knew he would give life to the characters in his reading and I wasn't disappointed. His characters voices are all unique so you can tell who is speaking at the time and wonderfully paced although the narration its self maybe a little fast to start with but you get used t o it pretty quickly. Children and adults alike will definitely enjoy this animated reading of this classic book.
I read this book because I had to read Counselling for Toads as recommended reading for a course. That was a charming and gentle intro to counselling, techniques and what might be expected when you attend therapy. Ratty and Mole thought Toad was rather down, so contacted someone they had seen advertised in their local paper.
I loved that book, but realised I knew nothing about the original. I did not enjoy Wind in the Willows half as much. Perhaps this is a book you have to read when you're a child?!
There were some beautiful descriptions of countryside, and an excellent surmise as to what the swallows must feel when they start collecting ready for flying south for the winter.
The story was just a bit questionable. Toad escapes from prison, goes straight home to live happily ever after at Toad Hall, and no one from the authorities goes to find him? Also his friends are happy to have him home and collude with him? What does this say to your children about facing up to mistakes?!
Anyway, I'm sure those who fell in love with the book when they were kids will enjoy the narration, although I could have done with a little more variation between character voices to know who was speaking.
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