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.
Public Domain (P)2003 Alcazar Audioworks
Listen to the whole of the sample before choosing to buy this. The narrator uses several voices. The narration is clear and suitable to the story, however, the voice he uses for the mole is American (why?) and the voice of the rat is working class. He has clearly misunderstood the point that the rat is well off and providing new experiences for the less well to do mole. These bizarre choices spoilt the story for me and I don't recommend it. If I'd listened to the whole of the sample I'd have found this out. Make sure you listen carefully before choosing to buy.
"Unabridged (but dramatized)"
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
"Made a school assignment EASY!"
In our homeschool, The Wind in the WIllows is to be read to a second grader. With our style of schooling I end up doing a lot of reading to the children. These chapters are long and my voice was dying. Audibles to the rescue!! My 7 year old and I enjoyed curling up on the couch and listening to this story as we followed along in the book and enjoyed the illustrations. David Thorn does an amazing job with the voices. They just seem so right. You can picture the characters by his voice.
So if your voice is tired, snuggle up with a youngster and a copy of the book and share the love as you listen to David Thorn reading to both of you. You won't regret it!
"One bad voice can ruin the whole thing"
a difference voice actor for Mole
He was awesome.
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.
The narrator's voice, which I heard in the preview, was what I expected to hear throughout the performance; however, whenever one of the animals spoke it was a strange effeminate little characterisation with a silly American accent (as opposed to nice American accents), that entirely undid the listening experience. So I went with the Michael Hordern recording instead. That one is very good.
"Very bad narration"
While we know the story is good, this narrator is about the worst I have encountered.
"its actually dramatised version"
awful - such a shame about the dramatistion. The narrator is lovely - the extra voices - especially mole - make this unpalatable. could not get beyond the first time molé speaks. waste of money. The two stars are for the story.
"Sadly the narration ruins the story"
Can't put my finger on it, buy very difficult to listen to and makes the characters sound whiney. The group of children I bought it for were very disappointed.
"Dramatization is grating"
The story is delightful, and the narrator is very good, but the character dramatization was horrible. While the narrator has a smooth tone with a lovely accent, the character voices were sharp and grating making me cringe whenever they spoke. I had to stop listening because I couldn't stand it anymore.
I love Rat's comment that "there is nothing...absolutely nothing, half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."
I felt like the storyline was really weak. There were random chapters that didn't really have anything to do with the story. And being a children's book I was surprised by the swears. The one redeeming quality this book had was the imagery. The language to describe things in this book was really beautiful but the story line kind of ruined it for me.
I love this book it is happy and good for kids. I really recommend this book!
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