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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.
Public Domain (P)2017 Chris Guy Randal MacDonnell
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By Sam Elliot on 05-23-17

Great Listen and a Great Story

This is a wonderful classic tale and the narrator does a fantastic job of bringing the characters to life. There are a few options for narrators to choose from, but I can't imagine anyone doing a better job than Chris MacDonnell. His accent and character deliveries are on point, and feel perfectly in place within the narrative.

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By Pearl Hewitt on 08-17-17

Excellent Performance of a Brilliant Classic

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audiobook. Chris MacDonnell is a talented narrator with a great voice. He's easy to listen to and does a great job of bringing each character to life. I especially loved his meek little mole and pretentious, bossy Toad.
This is one of my all-time favourite stories and one I have read to myself multiple times over the years. I am delighted with this audio version. Chris's performance kept me engaged to a point where I just wanted to listen. I didn't want to be multitasking and doing other things whilst wearing my headphones. I kept sitting down to enjoy it. A good storyteller will do that for you!

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By stewart on 10-09-17

Brilliantly read

A truly wonderful rendition of this children's classic, beautifully read by Chris MacDonnell. His clear diction and classically British voice does the story great justice. His character voices bring the whole thing to life. He has several more narration to his credit and I will be looking out for more. Fabulous reason to spend money!!,

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By Anonymous User on 09-04-17

A fantastic reading of a timeless classic

What made the experience of listening to The Wind in the Willows the most enjoyable?

As a child I have fond memories of not only reading ‘The Wind in the Willow’s but also being in a school production of the story. To hear Chris MacDonnell’s reading of this timeless tale brings back so many memories. Chris’s rich, charming tone, combined with the wonderful voices he creates for each character make for a very easy and enjoyable listen. I’d recommend this audio to anyone, be that parents, kids, or those, like myself who enjoy this timeless classic.

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