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Watership Down Audiobook

Watership Down

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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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    Patricia S 10-18-13
    Patricia S 10-18-13
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    "Not just a bunny tale. A bunny tale with teeth!"
    If you could sum up Watership Down in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging, heart-rending, uplifting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it details a microcosm of human society, with emphasis on the qualities needed to become an effective leader. At the same time, it's just a simple story about rabbits.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Probably the one involving Hazel's delivery by motorcar.


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

    Not so much. The book was deep enough that there were times I wanted to consider the thoughts presented, or even go back a bit and re-listen. Since I'd read the book as a child, I already knew the ending so I didn't rush through this as much as savor it.


    Any additional comments?

    Ralph Cosham was the perfect narrator for this. I'd never listened to him before, but he has a clear, cultured, soothing British accent that reminds the reader that the setting of the story takes place in the English countryside.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Anne McCune KEENE, NH, US 09-19-13
    Anne McCune KEENE, NH, US 09-19-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Finally found time to read a wonderful tale"
    If you could sum up Watership Down in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging from the beginning


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the characters with all their limitations and strengths. What a wonderful group of adventurers. I also liked that a Dad made up the story while on a long trip, to keep his restless kids mentally involved while driving.. I do like heroes, and found them all worthy of respect. They were real, with limitations living in a flawed environment.

    I had seen this book on a bookshelf while visiting a friend. At the time it was written,I was too busy living my own life to just sit back and enjoy it, but am delighted to have finally had a chance to read it now. I'd rate it among the top 3 books I have read in the past year, and I do read a lot now.


    Have you listened to any of Ralph Cosham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't think so.


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

    No


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robin52000 Silver Spring, MD United States 07-29-13
    Robin52000 Silver Spring, MD United States 07-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "especially nice to read on kindle + audio combined"

    I read this years ago when it first was published, and remembered liking it but couldn't remember anything else. Now my son has to read it for school, so it motivated me to re-read. Usually I just go with the audio book since I like to listen while walking outside. But for this one I got the e-book as well as the audio. Since there are a number of words that are in "Lapine" or rabbit vocabulary, it was nice to be able to pause and check the glossary any time. It also prevented me from questioning myself as to whether I misheard a certain word or name, or if it was just an unfamiliar Lapine term. The story is great and the reading is excellent -- I particularly liked the accents the narrator used when voicing the characters who weren't rabbits.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Chad J. USA 07-26-13
    Chad J. USA 07-26-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Story about rabbits? Yes! And it is wonderful!"

    This book is about rabbits. One could assume that a book about rabbits is only for children but you would be wrong. This book is an adventure and sometimes very sad and I would say kids younger than about 8 or 9 would not enjoy it. But if you like captivating stories that are hard to put down you will find this book very entertaining. I read this book for the first time about 15 years ago and was excited to listen to it. The narrator did an excellent job of bringing the characters of this adventure to life. The character development of the rabbits in this story is simply amazing. I will never again look at rabbits the same. I will always wonder if the rabbit I see nibbling at the grass is one of the rabbits from the story on silflay. Ahh... don't know what silflay means? You'll have to read the book to find out. You will not be disappointed in this book. It will have you laughing and crying and sometimes at the same time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Benjamin 07-02-13
    Benjamin 07-02-13

    thedarkrabbit

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    "A great listen!!"

    For those who don't know - this is a story about rabbits. And it's just a great story. Plain and simple. It was meant as a story for children, but is oh so much more. I have always loved this book. I first read it when I was 12 or 13. Now I'm 38 and I still read it every other year or so.

    When I found this on Audible, I was excited. I had a long trip in the car coming up and I thought I'd re-visit Hazel and BigWig as I drove... could not be happier with this version.

    The narrator is excellent and he carries the story right along. When my road trip had ended I still had some of the book left and found myself wanting to sit in the car and keep listening to the end that day instead of waiting.

    You will not be disappointed with this addition to your library.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bridgett Gaines 06-05-13
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    "A great listen from a childhood favorite!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Watership Down to be better than the print version?

    In the print version the made up words sounded much different in my head than the audio version.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl United States 05-10-13
    Cheryl United States 05-10-13 Member Since 2015
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    "One of my favorite books!"

    I read this book many years ago and had been wanting to read it again. When I saw the audio version, I decided to give it a try and I'm so happy I did. I love everything about this book -- the story, the characters, etc. Who would ever dream that a story about a group of rabbits could be so intriguing? The narrator did a superb job, too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Vira Pretoria, South Africa 05-09-13
    Vira Pretoria, South Africa 05-09-13 Member Since 2017
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    "A Rabbit's-Eye View"

    What fun to get this rabbits-eye view of the world! I simply loved these creatures - their innocence, loyalty, friendship, and absolute heroism. (Who'd think of rabbits as being heroic, but it seems all creatures, great and small .....).

    Pure, clean, innocent, and touching. A wonderful listen.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra R. Proesch Jupiter, FL 05-08-13
    Sandra R. Proesch Jupiter, FL 05-08-13 Member Since 2007

    Sproe from Jupiter

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    "Best book I've read or listened to in a long time!"
    What did you love best about Watership Down?

    This is just a well-told tale. I listened to it on my drive to work and spent more than one day sitting outside in my car until I could bear to turn off the player and go in to work. I got so caught up in the story that I thought about it even when I wasn't listening to it. A really good tale enjoyable on many levels.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Fiver. A very wise, but strange rabbit that no one respected until they discovered his worth.


    Have you listened to any of Ralph Cosham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but he is excellent


    Who was the most memorable character of Watership Down and why?

    Hazel-Ra, a lot of leadership lessons to be learned there.


    Any additional comments?

    It has been a long time since a book has captured my attention so well, and it made for a very good break from a stressful work life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Eric Koch MONTEVALLO, AL, US 04-19-13
    Robert Eric Koch MONTEVALLO, AL, US 04-19-13 Member Since 2013

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Defining Example of Young Adult Fiction"
    Any additional comments?

    Watership Down is a monumental piece of young adult fiction and one of those books you can enjoy again and again. Written for children but never condescending or silly, this novel follows the adventures of a group of rabbits as they struggle to overcome catastrophe. The novel begins with a group of male (buck) rabbits escaping their home and venturing into the wild with hopes of finding a new home in a place far from the natural enemies of rabbits (mainly men). Along the way they overcome numerous obstacles and trials and each of them grow and develop through these various trials. At times allegorical and at other times a high adventure story, there are deep themes at play all through this novel from the dangers of communism to the role of religion and myth. Taking his cues from the ancient beast fable, Richard Adams creates a rich and vibrant world for his characters complete with history and language and occupied by characters so well developed you’ll feel a personal connection to each one of them by the novels conclusion. Highly recommended and an excellent audiobook.

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