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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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    Frank 03-17-17
    Frank 03-17-17 Member Since 2016
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    "The Fellowship of the Ring but with rabbits"

    I needed to slow the narration down to 80% (just me I think) and it took a while for me to get into the story. The narration was perfect and the characters are so beautifully drawn. This is a quiet book, but with characters I will remember forever!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    P. M. Lipker here 10-23-17
    P. M. Lipker here 10-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "❤"

    A long time family favorite. This audio version did not disappoint. It was well read with characters artfully depicted.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daddy-O 10-20-17
    Daddy-O 10-20-17
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    "8th Grade Reader's Mom"

    Reading the book & then listening helped our 8th grader comprehend and even enjoy this big summer assignment.

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    Anonymous 10-19-17
    10-19-17 Member Since 2017
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    "my forever favorite "

    I first read this book when I was a fourth grader, which was a handful of decades ago. After coming to the last page, I then started over again. Both my children love this book, today finished the first reading for my youngest. I have never grown tired of this novel, and I love having Mr. Cosham read it to me while I work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    flores606 Abilene, Texas 10-18-17
    flores606 Abilene, Texas 10-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Outstanding Listen.."

    a good book, a real good story while traveling down the road. perfect to hear time and again..

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    nemille Houston, TX USA 10-18-17
    nemille Houston, TX USA 10-18-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved this book!"

    I remember friends reading this book way back in high school, but I never did. This is a wonderful story, and most excellent narration.

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    Amazon Customer 10-16-17
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    "Four decades later I enjoyed it even more. "

    I loved it in the 70's and now in 2017, I've enjoyed it even more. A timeless story!

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    zach glover 10-12-17
    zach glover 10-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Wonderful story"

    Glued to this audiobook until the finish and wasn't let down in the least bit.

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    Georgia Little Rock, AR, United States 10-07-17
    Georgia Little Rock, AR, United States 10-07-17 Member Since 2012
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    "A disappointment"

    After reading the reviews I was looking forward to this book. It's not a bad book ... it's fantasy, which is not my genre, but it's a classic, right? The author had the rabbits making up words throughout the book for things that they had no words for. Such as a cigarette was a white stick. Anyone can understand that. But oddly the rabbits had enormous vocabularies, yet didn't know the words for very simple things. The words the rabbits used all sounded just like the other made up words. You couldn't keep up with what made up word meant what. ??? It was just simply weird. The rabbits would talk paragraphs and paragraphs using complex words throughout, then suddenly, they would toss in one of the made up words to which you had no clue what meant. If you read it, you will see.

    I waded through the complete book but was happy when it was over.

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    Rose A Stanek-Tiedeman 10-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "awesome classic story"

    loved the story and the narrator. great connection of animals to human behaviors. thank you.

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  • Rory
    6/10/16
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    "great book"

    I love this book . Its so good .I am just an 8 year old and I love it . 10/10bGreat for you as well

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Miko
    Guildford, United Kingdom
    7/31/13
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    "Flawless"

    I had only vague memories of this story from when I was a child and doubt I would have chosen it to listen to now had the other reviews not been so good. I'm am so glad I allowed those reviews to convince me. Brilliant story, which was elegantly written and perfectly narrated. Recommend to anyone who like a good story - don't let that it's about rabbits turn you away.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • S. H. Yeomans
    England
    4/13/13
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    "Wonderful"

    Regretfully, I find myself with little time for reading these days. I've never listened to an audio book before and I wasn't sure if I could stop my overactive mind wandering enough to concentrate on a story, so I decided to try a book that I know well so I didn't lose the plot if my mind did wander. Watership Down has been a favourite book of mine since I was 9, and I chose it to try out listening to audio books at work. Well, I was hooked from the first line. Ralph Cosham narrates this story beautifully; his voice fits the story and writing story perfectly. I'm a fast reader (actually I rush to tell the truth) and having the story read out gave me a much deeper experience of reading the book as every word was heard and enjoyed. Thoroughly recommended.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • M. Price
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    5/21/15
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    "A True Classic"

    I read Watership Down in the 1970s when it first came out in paperback and was delighted to see the unabridged edition appear on Audible. That being said I was somewhat nervous in case the book had failed to stand the test of time, after all I first read it at the age of 20 and I will be 60 in a few weeks time! What can I say? Hazel, Fiver, Bigwig et al and their adventures, have worn far better than I have! They are as fresh today as they were back then, Ralph Cosham's performance is faultless and I am sure that the book will appeal to a whole new audience, as well as remind old enthusiasts like myself, why the book was such an enormous success at the time.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • helen
    2/26/15
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    "Wonderful wonderful"

    This is so beautifully read - our family (Incl all the children aged 8,10,14,16) were all captivated for the whole 51 hours! Imagine, 51 hours of peace.....!!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher
    Telford, United Kingdom
    2/10/14
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    "It exceeded my high expection"


    I never read this story as a child, so there was no nostalgia, but I still absolutely loved it.

    Story – 4.5/5

    Although this story is quite brutal in places (death, violence and peril), it wasn’t as brutal as I was expecting. I have seen parts of the film years ago, and I remembered some things being worse than they actually are in the novel.

    It is a fantastic tale of adventure, friendship and ethics. Although it is a fictional world of rabbits that communicate and think on the same level as humans, there are a lot of real elements of wild rabbit life included that makes the reader think.

    I honestly think everyone should give this story a read, child and adult alike. There are happy, sad, scary and funny moments – it will take you through all of the emotions. Richard Adams has done an excellent job in writing a classic for all ages.

    Performance – 4.5/5

    Ralph Coshom is an excellent narrator, he helped to take the reader/listener through all of the emotions evoked in the story. I didn’t find myself drifting from the story once, which is a very rare occurrence

    His voice acting is flawless, each animal had a distinctly recognisable voice. His tone portrayed the story’s mood perfectly, and I would definitely not think twice about picking up another story narrated by him.

    I absolutely loved the introduction to the story, and how Richard Adams decided to start writing Watership Down, and how it got published etc. A very nice touch for a classic such as this

    Overall – 4.5/5

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • G
    Swindon, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Brings the world of rabbits to life"

    Only ever previously seen the film and loved it as a child, its one of those books I never got around to reading. This is really nicely narrated and has really opened up the magical world of rabbits for me, I never realised how much more there was in the book that was cut out of the film. I especially like the little tangent stories about El-ahrairah great fun and a great listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Victoria Miller
    England, UK
    10/19/16
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    "Excellent classic story everyone should read."

    Heroic, brave characters and compelling story, interspersed with stories of of the Rabbit Spirit everyone should know. Perfect for long car rides :p

    Shame about the narrator though. The narrator is pretty monotone, doesn't differentiate between voices too much, and barely has any change in pace during exciting vs calm times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    8/26/16
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    "A magical story"

    Few books have described the English countryside with a more loving eye for detail. This helps realise the world in which our rabbit heros and villians live out their adventures. It's hard to know whether it was I or my 8 year old daughter who loved it more. It was I however who shed more tears.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    London, United Kingdom
    8/25/16
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    "As Beautiful As Ever"

    A gorgeous story full of emotion and adventure, and narrated beautifully as any great British story should be; gentle intonation and inflection. Loved it. Gave me a chance to reminisce about my childhood.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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