The Book of the Dun Cow

  • by Walter Wangerin
  • Narrated by Paul Michael
  • 8 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Walter Wangerin's profound fantasy concerns a time when the sun turned around the earth and the animals could speak, when Chauntecleer the Rooster ruled over a more or less peaceful kingdom. What the animals did not know was that they were the Keepers of Wyrm, monster of evil long imprisoned beneath the earth....and Wyrm was breaking free.


What the Critics Say

National Book Award, 1980
"Paul Michael enlivens the text with a deep, robust voice that keeps a good pace." (AudioFile)
"Belongs on the same shelf with Animal Farm, Watership Down, and The Lord of the Rings." (Los Angeles Times)


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Customer Reviews

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The Barnyard Battles Heinous Evil

This book is best listened to. You know how some books paint vivid images in your mind? Well, this book paints audible sounds in your mind. I love the voices and personalities Paul Michael paints with his narration. I would have never envisioned Chantacleer with a southern drawl, but it fits!

The story -- is more than just a classic struggle of good against evil. The evil is so evil you can taste it; Wangerin paints the evil creatures as vividly as he creates the "good" animals. The "good" animals each have fully developed personalities that make the barnyard and its environs very like a human community; you have the innocents, the conniving, the thieves, the naive, and everything in between.

My absolute favorite scene in the book is the night before battle, when Chantacleer gently crows blessings and affirmations individually on each creature in his realm, singing away their fears with his voice and replacing them with peace. He sings the entire night away, filling his "people" with the strength they need to face what they all fear will be their death, death at the hands of the most gruesome and nasty creatures ever to fill the earth.

The writing is sheer delight, the characters are full-fleshed, and the story itself is, well, you'd best read for your self; I guarantee the battle will keep you fully engaged!

This book is Good, in the best sense of the word. A must-read (or, in this case a "must-listen"). Well worth it at any price.
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- HopSez

a well kept secret

I read this book in college and loved it - it was fantastic to listen to it again as I drove around in my job. Anyone who loved Animal Farm will adore this different twist on the life inside a barnyard.
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- Linda

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-08-2009
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