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Publisher's Summary

A wonderful, highly-acclaimed dramatic performance of Kenneth Grahame's classic novel.

Many of the original cast from Alan Bennett's acclaimed National Theatre production appear in this special dramatisation for BBC Radio 4, including Richard Briers as Rat, Adrian Scarborough as Mole, and Terence Rigby as Albert.

When Mole goes boating with the Water Rat instead of spring-cleaning, he discovers a new world. As well as the river and the Wild Wood, there is Toad's craze for fast travel and motor-cars that leads them all on a timeless adventure.

©2006 BBC Audiobooks

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Wonderful narration, not the full text though...

Being a fan of Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, I was pleased to find this reading my Derek Jacobi! He does a lovely job of narrating and capturing the various character's personalities. I was only saddend to find out (due to not paying attention) that this is not the full text of the book, but a 1hr condenced dramatized version. I would love to hear Jacobi read the full book!

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B A Uu T Full

Loved the story and the reading was just perfect for the story. I'm 35, but I'm feeling 7 right now :)

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What a treasure!

I grew up with the stories of Ratty, Badger, Mole and, of course, Toad. I have named all my houses "Toad Hall" to remind me that life is meant to be enjoyed and friends are the salt to keep the flavor fresh and fun. At 67, I suppose I should become stodgy and earnest, but what's the point? Derek Jacobi relates the tale the way it was meant to be and I have found yet another reason to appreciate his mountainous talent. Great thanks to all involved in this treasure.

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Love this story

What did you love best about The Wind in the Willows (Dramatised)?

It was lovely listening to all the different voices.

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

Rat and Mole being on the River

What does Sir Derek Jacobi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His ability to change from character to character.

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

I would've loved to but it's not feasible.

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  • Andrea
  • Hyde Park, VT, United States
  • 01-01-10

Always great.

Have loved this book since I was a child and to hear it read to me once again, now I'm old, well, was simply delightful. Well done!

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  • AK47
  • 08-28-16

Brilliantly narrated by Sir Derek, a real treat!

Having never been inclined to want to read the book, Sir Derek breathes such life into the characters with his brilliant narrative, I was riveted throughout the whole story. Excellent, I'd recommend for all ages.

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  • Mrs. C. J. Hale
  • 10-27-17

Too Abridged

Derek Jacobi is brilliant, naturally, one would not expect anything else. However this is not a long book and there is absolutely no need to abridge it. It is not as if it is dramatised where you might expect it to be adapted by a scriptwriter. So very good but not enough of it. The balance of the story has been so affected the spirit is lost.