The Wind in the Willows

  • by Kenneth Grahame
  • Narrated by Chris MacDonnell
  • 6 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This quintessentially English novel is considered by many to be a masterpiece of storytelling. Set for the most part on a riverbank in rural England, against a backdrop of social, agricultural, and industrial change typical of the early 20th century, Kenneth Grahame's portrayal of the anthropomorphic characters (which include Mole, Ratty, Badger, Otter, and, of course, the incorrigible Mr. Toad) is imaginative, lyrical, and without doubt uniquely humorous. Above all, in this work, the writer strikes a deep and resonant chord of human emotions. There are other audio versions of The Wind in the Willows; however, this rendering brings a fresh, clear, and enthusiastic narration inspired by a lifelong affection for the book.

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An excellent reading of a great children's classic

First published in 1908, The Wind in the Willows is an enduring children’s story that follows the adventures and misadventures of a series of creatures living in the English countryside. It’s been developed multiple times for stage, radio and screen over the years, and remains a popular family entertainment in all its formats.

Mole, Rat, Badger and Toad discover there’s more to life outside of their own immediate existence, becoming fast friends in the process of learning the rights and wrongs of Edwardian society. Toad, in particular, needs to learn responsibility and he ultimately does so with the help of his frustrated friends after a number of troublesome incidents that send him to prison.

Alongside the main novel are a series of short stories which are included in this comprehensive reading by Chris MacDonnell, whose light English accent adds even more character to this charming tale.

MacDonnell adds enough characterisation to make each personality distinct and believable, but his real skill is in the sense of excitement and wonder he brings to Grahame’s book, allowing the listener to feel a part of the adventures. His reading of the prose is excellent. It’s not too slow and it captures both the era and the wonder that are so essential to the story’s success.

There are many audiobook readings of The Wind in the Willows around, particularly now that the story is in the public domain but, dramatizations aside, this is one of the better versions I’ve heard. Like the Mole, you’re sure to be “bewitched, entranced, (and) fascinated.”

For this and other children’s audiobooks, check out my audiobook review site at SaidNotRead dot wordpress dot com. There’s plenty of reviews and articles there for adults too! This adaptation of The Wind in the Willows runs for just under 7 hours so is a great length to listen to with your kids over multiple bedtimes.
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- The Lovely Rod

An Enchanting Tale

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Easy to listen to story.


Who was your favorite character and why?

The water rat. All around good guy.


Which character – as performed by Chris MacDonnell – was your favorite?

Mr. Toad because Chris portrayed his different personalities very well.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A classic tale comes to life.


Any additional comments?

“I was provided this free review copy audiobook by the author or narrator." This review is for the audio copy of The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame and narrated by Chris MacDonnell.
I had always known about the Disney version of Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride but had never read The Wind in the Willows. This was an entertaining tale and was read superbly by Chris MacDonnell. His inflections, accents and pacing helped tell the story in a manner that made it easy to listen to and hard to put down.

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- Cycletrash

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-04-2017
  • Publisher: Listen2aBook.com