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.
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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?'
Alan Bennetts voice, just love him
Memories of having this read to me by my father
What is not to love
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I was read this book by a teacher at school and loved it. Listening to Alan Bennett is even better. He becomes "Ratty", "Mole", "Badger" and most importantly of all "Toad". I have lost count of how many times I have listened to this audiobook and yet I never tire of it. Mr Toad's lisping over-confidence and conceit are a delight as are all the other character's voices. A must-listen - lots of times!
I loved the Wind in the Willows as a child, and when I experienced sleep problems as an adult and someone suggested an audio book I decided to give this a try along with some more grown up books. Bennett's voice is relaxing, there are no sudden changes in volume, and he reads at a good pace. I haven't cured my sleep problems but I find I can relax and enjoy the story, often falling asleep by the time Mole and Rat are breakfasting with Badger - the voice for Badger is my personal favourite 😊
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!
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