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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Great Listen and a Great Story
- Sam Elliot
A Classic and an Enjoyment
I like listening to a classic. I love the storytelling approach to the various adventures going on with the various characters of Toad, Rate, Mole. It's fun to have the humans thrown in there as well. I vaguely remember reading from this book as a child. It was fun to listen to it as an adult. Wow...lot's going on and beautifully written by Mr. Grahame. Reminds me that I need to look up more of his works. Thanks!
I thoroughly enjoyed Toad's car adventure. I just kept shaking my head. He is just such a funny character and doesn't learn his lesson or realize what wonderful 'friends' he meets along the way.
In my opinion, this book is meant to be enjoyed over a long period of time. Just like when you were a kid and looked forward to those 30-60min with your parent at bedtime to discover what will happen next. Mr. MacDonnell's storytelling was a pleasure to listen to and I enjoyed how he played up the various characters (especially Toad).
I received a free copy of this audiobook from the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. Thank you.