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Publisher's Summary

These are the exploits of Toad and the efforts of his friends, Ratty, Mole, Badger, and Otter, to control the rascal.
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Critic Reviews

"Cosham sounds as if he is reading his favorite work of fiction, and his affection is contagious. Keep this nearby, it's the prescription for happiness." (AudioFile)

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perfect

My favorite 'children-of-all-ages' story, beautifully read.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Family favorite

Mole, Rat, Toad and friends are real personalities in Ralph Cosham's brilliant narration. All the joy and humor packed into this terrific story come through. Listening to Wind in the Willows with Christmas tree lights on and hot chocolate in hand has become a Christmas tradition for our family. Even our teens carve out 4 or 5 evenings during the season to settle in and enjoy.

13 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Dill
  • Kalispell, MT, United States
  • 02-23-13

Recording Brings Out the Loveliness of the Writing

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

I tried reading the print version aloud, but it was this audio version that really did it justice and helped me see the poetry of the book. I loved listening while I did chores--it was entertaining, yet soothing.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wind in the Willows?

Rat and Mole going out all night to look for the little lost otter.

What about Ralph Cosham’s performance did you like?

His performance, most especially his accents and voices, was outstanding.

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

Not necessarily. I enjoyed stringing it out and being able to listen to it in segments when I wanted to.

Any additional comments?

Thank you, Mr. Cosham, for this contribution.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Gentle pleasures

What did you like best about this story?

I had seen the Disney cartoon version of The Wind in the Willows years ago, but had never read the book. The idyllic settings and rather lyrical prose, coupled with a charming cast of characters, make this a very enjoyable story.

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

Listening to Mr. Cosham is like hearing a favorite uncle tell a story (a Welsh uncle, actually; I can't help but remember his wonderful performance of How Green was My Valley). The voices he gives to each character are unique enough to be recognizable without being over the top, and his narration is very easy to listen to.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Many of the parts of the story dealing with Mr. Toad are very funny.

Any additional comments?

This rendition of The Wind in the Willows makes it obvious why this novel is a classic.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Holly
  • Pittsburgh, PA, United States
  • 12-19-11

Kid-Level Story, College-Level Language

I am 40 years old and college-educated; I never read this book as a child or teen. I loved the writing of this book: beautiful, descriptive language, just really fantastic, classic prose. But the story was still basically a children's story. If I were to read this to my 7-year-old son, who has an excellent vocabulary for his age, I would still be stopping frequently to explain the meaning of words. As as adult, I thoroughly loved the language, but appreciated the story more out of nostalgic whimsy.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Perfection!

No one should miss this one. The "Wind in the Willows" is the most charming piece of literature I have ever read. It is brilliant in it's descriptive power and the ability to draw the reader into a cozy, real fantasy world where creatures take on the most lovely, eccentric behavior. It's truly charming.
Ralph Cosham's performance is as masterful as Kenneth Grahame's writing. I could listen to Mr. Cosham read anything. He gave us many fantastic performances before he passed away in 2014. He is my favorite audio performer of all time. I have listened to this book over and over because for me, it's like being with delightful friends. Ralph Cosham was a gift to those of us who love audio books. He is greatly missed by this listener.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Beloved Classic

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this version for an adult who loves the original book as much as do I. I am not sure that I would buy this version for a young child who might have trouble with the narrator's pronounced British accent.

What did you like best about this story?

I have loved the Wind in the Willows for decades -- it is the perfect story for those who love the idea of exploring loyalty and friendship without it getting in the way of the story.

Did Ralph Cosham do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

I thought he did an okay job, although I didn't care particularly for his Mole and Toad. Mole was too soft and Toad just wasn't my idea of the character. I think he did an admirable Rat and an excellent rendition of the old sea-fairing Rat -- he sounded like an Old Salt. As I indicated above, I gave the narrator a 3 star rating because I felt younger children might have difficult understanding the very British accent. I was fine with it, other than indicated.

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

Yes, and I almost did!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Oh Toad... you disagreeable you

Beautifully narrated by Ralph Cosham.
I have come to this book in my winter years.
Toad was a surprise!! All the characters are finely written, however, I fell for Water Rat quickly. Badger is a delight too. I knew about this classic of course, and have finally listened... in one sitting!!, because I can drive and listen at the same time.
I'm so pleased I did.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Simply Beautiful.

I had not known I was getting a kid's book. it is written for adults to read to kids.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Enchanting but technically flawed

There are errors in the recording of this classic, but it is otherwise an excellent presentation.

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  • Catwat
  • 06-24-15

Pure mindfulness in all but name.

This is the most beautiful telling of a tale that adults and children will adore. The narrator is perfect and warm for night time sleepiness! voices are quite distinct from each other and match the characters perfectly. Loved it loved it loved it! Zzzzz

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Judy Corstjens
  • 05-24-12

Why do some books become famous?

At school my class read this book. Since I was a bad reader (haha, before audiobooks!) I didn't keep up and missed the story. So, I thought I would catch up, 40 years on. Better left as a vague memory, probably. What is this strange religious episode where a half-man half-goat demi-God rescues a baby otter - that Victorian throw back is conveniently deleted from the collective memory of this whimsical, children's story. Why the fame? Must be the character Toad. I know a man like him, I guess everyone does, and I guess that is genius.

1 of 6 people found this review helpful