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The Wind in the Willows | [Kenneth Grahame]

The Wind in the Willows

When the Water Rat invites the unassuming Mole to spend his first day ever in a boat on the river, and wise Badger comes along for the ride as well, so begins a marvellous season of adventure for the three friends. Mr Toad (he of Toad Hall) completes a happy foursome, but his tendency to get into hot water leads him into some rather hair-raising scrapes of his own.
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When the Water Rat invites the unassuming Mole to spend his first day ever in a boat on the river, and wise Badger comes along for the ride as well, so begins a marvellous season of adventure for the three friends. Mr Toad (he of Toad Hall) completes a happy foursome, but his tendency to get into hot water leads him into some rather hair-raising scrapes of his own.

From an idyllic riverside picnic to a snowy encounter in the Wild Wood, and from poop-pooping in Toad's shiny new motor car to battling the massed ranks of Stoats, Weasels, and Ferrets in a battle for Toad Hall, there's never a dull moment when they are all together!

In his own inimitable style, Alan Bennett gives voice to each and every character in Kenneth Grahame's beguiling novel.

© and (P)1988, 2002 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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    Rebecca Kenilworth, United Kingdom 06/07/2006
    Rebecca Kenilworth, United Kingdom 06/07/2006 Member Since 2006
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    "The definitive version!"

    The Wind in the Willows is one of the greatest ever children's classics (with 'Alice', 'Pooh','Tom Sawyer', 'Narnia' and 'the Hobbit'. OK, there are others.....), although it has been accused of sentimentality, anthropomorphism and even of class distinction! Forget all that - it's wonderful: beautifully written, romantic, funny and exciting, with animal heroes more real than many humans. And this reading is the best on the market- Bennett is gentle,dry, whimsical and as appealing to adults as he is to very small children. If you're looking for the definitive reading, to take children from baby books through to literature, this is the one. My own daughter listened to it from age four, and came home from her post-graduate college recently shouting 'Where's my tape of Wind in the Willows?'

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    mary Dingwall, United Kingdom 24/11/2013
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    "Another form of time travel"
    What made the experience of listening to The Wind in the Willows the most enjoyable?

    Alan Bennetts voice, just love him


    What did you like best about this story?

    Memories of having this read to me by my father


    What about Alan Bennett’s performance did you like?

    What is not to love


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes Warm safe and cosy


    Any additional comments?

    None

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  • Candice
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    22/12/10
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    "delicious"

    Alan Bennett's narration of this novel is a delightful rendition. He brings the language to life with fantastic characterizations and the irrepressible smile in his voice. I'm addicted!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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