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The Wind in the Willows Audiobook

The Wind in the Willows

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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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    04/09/2017
    04/09/2017
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    "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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  • Sam Elliot
    USA
    23/05/17
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    "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.

    This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pearl Hewitt
    League City, Texas, US
    17/08/17
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    "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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lovely Rod
    Adelaide, South Australia
    12/06/17
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    "An excellent reading of a great children's classic"

    First published in 1908, The Wind in the Willows is an enduring children’s story that follows the adventures and misadventures of a series of creatures living in the English countryside. It’s been developed multiple times for stage, radio and screen over the years, and remains a popular family entertainment in all its formats.

    Mole, Rat, Badger and Toad discover there’s more to life outside of their own immediate existence, becoming fast friends in the process of learning the rights and wrongs of Edwardian society. Toad, in particular, needs to learn responsibility and he ultimately does so with the help of his frustrated friends after a number of troublesome incidents that send him to prison.

    Alongside the main novel are a series of short stories which are included in this comprehensive reading by Chris MacDonnell, whose light English accent adds even more character to this charming tale.

    MacDonnell adds enough characterisation to make each personality distinct and believable, but his real skill is in the sense of excitement and wonder he brings to Grahame’s book, allowing the listener to feel a part of the adventures. His reading of the prose is excellent. It’s not too slow and it captures both the era and the wonder that are so essential to the story’s success.

    There are many audiobook readings of The Wind in the Willows around, particularly now that the story is in the public domain but, dramatizations aside, this is one of the better versions I’ve heard. Like the Mole, you’re sure to be “bewitched, entranced, (and) fascinated.”

    For this and other children’s audiobooks, check out my audiobook review site at SaidNotRead dot wordpress dot com. There’s plenty of reviews and articles there for adults too! This adaptation of The Wind in the Willows runs for just under 7 hours so is a great length to listen to with your kids over multiple bedtimes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cycletrash
    10/06/17
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    "An Enchanting Tale"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Easy to listen to story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The water rat. All around good guy.


    Which character – as performed by Chris MacDonnell – was your favorite?

    Mr. Toad because Chris portrayed his different personalities very well.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A classic tale comes to life.


    Any additional comments?

    “I was provided this free review copy audiobook by the author or narrator." This review is for the audio copy of The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame and narrated by Chris MacDonnell.
    I had always known about the Disney version of Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride but had never read The Wind in the Willows. This was an entertaining tale and was read superbly by Chris MacDonnell. His inflections, accents and pacing helped tell the story in a manner that made it easy to listen to and hard to put down.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • JJLarson
    Plymouth, WI
    04/06/17
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    "Mr. Toad and Friends"

    I thoroughly enjoyed hearing all the adventures Mr. Toad, Ratty, Mole, and the wise Badger had throughout this delightful tale. I especially enjoyed the sports car fiascos and the Washer Women roles. It was a very entertaining read.
    Chris MacDonnell is perfect as a narrator. He really had me captivated through every adventure. Each character was unique.
    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher courtesy of Audiobook Blast.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nickie
    Louisville,Kentucky
    01/06/17
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    "A Good Performance And Story..."
    Would you listen to The Wind in the Willows again? Why?

    Its A Children's Book And As An Adult It Was A Break From The Norm...However Once Was Enough...


    What other book might you compare The Wind in the Willows to and why?

    Alice And The Looking Glass... So Many Different Animal Characters And Their Adventures...


    What does Chris MacDonnell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He Brought All The Characters A Different Voice...It Was Very Entertaining...


    Any additional comments?

    "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Calinurseguy
    28/05/17
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    "Fun fun fun"
    What did you love best about The Wind in the Willows?

    I received this free in exchange for an unbiased review. I found the story to be much fun and brought back a lot of memories of reading it when I was younger and later to my children. I got a lot more detail listening to the story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bill Beaulac
    NEK Vermont
    24/05/17
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    "The narration cinched it for our grandson . . ."

    Our grandson has refused to listen to anything else since I loaded this version of The Wind in the Willows onto his iPod. He is almost 8-years-old, but already is finding out that the narrator (the "storyteller" in his words) can make all the difference in the world in listening to a story. Chris MacDonnell hits this one out of the park with the perfect Brit accent on this English classic tale. Truth be told; I have loaded it on my iPhone to listen to at night and fall peacefully asleep with. LOL

    Although I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the narrator in exchange for an unbiased review, I would highly recommend it for either the price of a credit or a flat out purchase . . . it's worth every penny!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • S. Weaver
    Indiana
    23/05/17
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    "This is the Narration You Want!"

    Fantastic book, which is much beloved from my own childhood. I've been sharing this version with my kids at bedtime each evening, and they've been very happy to dive into the adventures of Mr. Toad and his friends. This is an unabridged version, which I greatly prefer, but what really shines in this version is the narration by Chris MacDonnell. He has been added to my list of favorite narrators! He has a fantastic British accent, and the pacing of Neil Gaiman. That makes the story really enjoyable to listen to, even over long stretches. This will definitely be one we listen to over and over again!

    I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher. I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review. That being said, it really is fantastic, and I would have gladly purchased it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tiasdolls
    22/05/17
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    "A Classic and an Enjoyment"
    What did you love best about The Wind in the Willows?

    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!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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