The Wind in the Willows

  • by Kenneth Grahame
  • Narrated by David Thorn
  • 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Since publication in 1908, The Wind in the Willows has established itself as one of the most popular children's books ever written. The animals Rat, Toad, Mole, Badger, and many more share their trials and tribulations as well as joys as they progress through the seasons of the year. The magical fantasy of their journeys starts on the river bank and goes to the heights of Toad Hall, a truly fine mansion of many secret passages. All children will delight and be taken away on the wings of imagination.
Read by David Thorn and a supporting cast.

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Unabridged (but dramatized)

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator (David Thorn) is actually pretty good, and his style is good for kids (a little theatrical). I listened to the samples from several versions, and bought this because I felt Thorn would be the most interesting for my younger girls. Unfortunately, I didn't listen to enough of the sample. Thorn is the narrator, but the direct quotes of the animals are dramatized. No real problem there, but the accents/voices of mole and badger (I stopped listening when badger was introduced) are so strangely done as to ruin the whole production. Mole is done in a whiney, jarring style that is off-putting, and badger is done in a high-pitched scratchy voice that does not seem


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- Yunae

One bad voice can ruin the whole thing

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

a difference voice actor for Mole


Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Thorn?

He was awesome.


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Frustration and disappointment. The narrator (who is wonderful) treats Ratty as an Englishman. But the voice for Mole is stylized, childish, cartoony (and a woman playing a man's part?) The characters in this book are meant to remind us of humans. The voice actress of Mole thought she was supposed to play a cartoon animal. Very distracting; I couldn't finish. Too bad, because the one who played Ratty was perfect.


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- Ruth

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-03-2010
  • Publisher: Alcazar AudioWorks