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The Wind in the Willows

Narrated by: Alan Bennett
Length: 3 hrs and 13 mins
Categories: Children, Ages 5-7
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Summary

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.

©1988, 2002 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)1988, 2002 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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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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Listening to Alan Bennett is a "comfort listen"

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!

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Great for sleep

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 😊

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  • mary
  • Dingwall, United Kingdom
  • 24-11-13

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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classic, amazing and beautiful

so brilliant I listen to it again and again etc....

this is a brilliant book and thus version is beautifully performed.

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A funny, heartwarming tale brought to life

Alan Bennett reads this story perfectly. He gets all the characters just right. I laughed out loud many times and fell in love with Kenneth Grahame's perfectly lovable characters. I can't recommend the Wind in the Willows enough, to children and adults alike. It's life affirming.

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badger Miley and ratty

lovely tale beautifully read and played. voices are just perfect and a classic children's story ideal for adults too

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Love it!

Already knew I loved the story but Alan Bennett is an excellent choice for narration! Would highly recommend.

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Forgotten memories

Read this in my youth. Read to my sons & they loved it too. Now enjoying Alan Bennets dulcet tones reading to me!
Love the characterisation & tempo.
PS my youngest son, now a grown up actor is playing Otter at Kew.

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  • Candice
  • 22-12-10

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!

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