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Summary

Farthing Wood is being bulldozed and a drought means the animals no longer have anywhere to live or drink.

Fox, Badger, Toad, Tawny Owl, Mole and the other animals band together and leave their ancestral home and set off to move to a far-away nature reserve.

Their journey is full of adventure and fraught with disasters: a fire, a storm, a treacherous river crossing and a hunt. The animals must unite in adversity and in doing so they learn about each other’s habits and limitations.

This is a story about tolerance, cooperation, survival and friendship from Colin Dann, which inspired the major BBC children’s series of the 1990s. The Animals of Farthing Wood is one of the most popular animal stories in children’s literature and is still in print nearly 35 years after first publication.

©1979 Copyright © 1979 Colin Dann (P)2014 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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  • Sam.
  • London, England
  • 26-04-15

Brilliant book

Remember reading this as a child, loved it then, more so now - you can truly appreciate the brutal honesty aimed at us greedy humans.

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This is when kids books where real

Remember reading this as a child, the book that got me into reading. This audio version is true to the text and the alternate voices for chapters is a nice change.

Forgot just how brutal the story is though considering it's aimed at very small children (the animal characters for instance are just name after their species, so you get Fox, Badger and Mole).

It is true to life though and I think children will like the fact it's not a whitewashed sanitised view of the animal kingdom.

It has dated a little though (for instance on the male characters are allowed a drink when they find the alcoholic beverage) but it's off its time and there's nothing too bad in it.

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difficult to follow due to switching narraters

each chapter alternates between being read by either a man or a woman and my daughter struggled to follow the story and we couldn't use it.

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  • Nadia
  • United Kingdom
  • 16-03-18

The best animal story ever witten

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It's just so well written and the characters are fantastic

What other book might you compare The Animals of Farthing Wood to, and why?

Wind in the Willows because it has some of the same animals in it and Watership Down because it's also about animals being forced to find a new home.

What about Paul Whitehouse and Esther Coles ’s performance did you like?

The put a lot of expression into their narrations.

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

Neither, but you'd be inhuman not to feel for the plight of animals. It may be fictional, but the cruelty of humans is all too real and well depicted in this book. It makes you ashamed to be human.

Any additional comments?

I loved this book as a child and I love it still. In my opinion, it puts all animal stories, even such wonderful classics as Black Beauty and Wind in the Willows in the shade. It's believable, gripping and at times very moving. The characters are very individual and readers of all ages will fall in love with them.

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Brilliant

It had existing parts and crazy parts but some of it was a bit sad

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what a amazing story

one of those lovely old tale's where you just get lost in the story making friends along the way Never wanted it to finish

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Childhood memories

Such a lovely story, I remember having the books as a child and love that I can re-live the memories with my niece and nephew as an audiobook

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Animals of farthing wood is epic!!

A five star performance five star story and also it have been listening to it for months 😀😴💤

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A beautiful story!

What a beautiful story, with many subtle lessons on kindness, loyalty and care of our environment.