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Watership Down

Narrated by: Peter Capaldi
Series: Watership Down, Book 1
Length: 17 hrs and 31 mins
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Summary

One of the most beloved novels of our time, Watership Down is an epic journey, a stirring tale of adventure, courage, and survival.

Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave immediately. So begins a long and perilous journey of survival for a small band of rabbits.

As the rabbits skirt danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band, its humorous characters, and its compelling culture, complete with its own folk history and mythos. Fiver’s vision finally leads them to Watership Down, an upland meadow. But here they face their most difficult challenges of all.

A stirring epic of courage and survival against the odds, Watership Down has become a beloved classic for all ages. Both an exciting adventure story and an involving allegory about freedom, ethics, and human nature, it has delighted generations with its unique and charming world, winning many awards and being adapted to film, television, and theater.

©1972 Richard Adams (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Fantastic and comforting

As great an audio book as you could ever ask for. Peter Capaldi does a wonderful job - aptly using his acting abilities to their best. He brings each character to life and his deep voice is very comforting and positively silken to listen to. I'm not sure why you'd ever need a different version :)

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Wow! One of the best books Ive ever encountered!

One of the best books Ive ever encountered! Same for the narrator! Amazing work! Give it a try, you wont regret it!

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  • Becca
  • 19-05-19

Capaldi is FANTASTIC; tech editing, not as much

Watership Down has been one of my favorite books since my childhood. I have often sought it out on Audible, but it was only there in foreign languages. Imagine, then, my utter delight when I searched one day and discovered it, unabridged, in English! It was released that very same day in fact, and even better, Peter Capaldi was the narrator! (If you are a Whovian as I am, and one who thoroughly enjoyed Capaldi's Twelfth Doctor as I did, you may have some inkling of my sheer excitement over this discovery. 😁)

Capaldi does an amazing job with the voices of the different characters. I had no idea his voice acting skills were so diverse and well-developed - what a delightful surprise as I listened! I admit, the choice of tone for some (Pipkin and the mouse, for example, though Kehaar was spot-on) were not quite how I always heard them inwardly as I read the book, but they worked, and more importantly, all the character voices were consistent throughout the book. There was great emotion in the telling and made it a riveting story to listen to, which I did with great pleasure.

However, there is one particular technical issue which I could not overlook. I have worked as an audiobook technical editor before, working on long novels of a similar length. I know how time-consuming and detailed this work often can be, so I generally don't get TOO picky, particularly when the narrator does a terrific job, as Capaldi did. The issue I have here is that in at least three separate places (chapter 12, chapter 13 or 14, and again much later somewhere around chapter 23 or so - couldn't see it at that time), the tech editor missed a splice, resulting in a repetition of lines. The listener thus heard Capaldi read the line, then read it again exactly the same a second time. Now, I used to do this in my own editing as a bookmark to ensure I had enough audio to seamlessly blend tracks from separate recording sessions, matching tone, volume, inflection, etc. The trick was to remember to go back to the bookmarks and listen to the entire sequence, removing one of the duplicate crossover lines. It almost sounded to me like someone removed the bookmarks and forgot to check the final edit of tracks. Once, that's an "oopsie" and life goes on. This happened clearly and distinctly on three occasions, however - though I give credit to the tech editor in that even with this, the actual track playback contained no obvious cuts or changes in ambient noise. (Well done!)

Other than that one issue, my only other note would be regarding the use of Lapine terminology without references. In the book, the first use of a Lapine work was often footnoted for the reader with the English translation. This was not done here. Narrating footnotes can be difficult, though I think this could be worked around by including a downloadable supplemental material upon purchase, consisting of a Lapine-English glossary. Many audiobooks I have purchased do similar things with worksheets or diagrams, or even full workbooks, so this would be no challenge that I can see, and it might make it easier for the listener to know right away what/who "Inlé" and then "fu-Inlé" might be, or "silflay" or "hraka" and the like. Contextually, the meaning becomes somewhat understood, but it is not so clear that a word like "embleer" has a more crude meaning than it is generally used in the book (until the end - I do love Bigwig's comment to the General). Not to mention the names of the rabbits, particularly the does. Capaldi speaks them casually and confidently and well, but I know how they are spelled and it rang true. For a first time listener, though, it might almost sound like he spoke with marbles in his mouth. If I recall correctly, one of the copies of this book that I own also has what amounts to a "Cast of Characters" page, listing the rabbits and their originating warrens/locations. That too could be a useful supplemental download, as would the map of where the Down and the Nuthanger and Efrafa were located in relation to each other.

These are merely suggestions intended to aid the new listener who is unfamiliar with this wonderful book. I highly recommend reading the print copy as well. Capaldi did a superb job bringing this story and these characters to life, and I can say with certainty that tech "oopsie" edits and all aside, I will be listening to this more than once in the future. Bravo! Highly recommended to all! ❤️

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  • Deborah
  • 09-05-19

Fantastic!

You already know you love the book; now Peter Capaldi brings it to stunning, unadulterated life.

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  • C.C. Rider
  • 25-06-19

Narrator was phenomenal

Capaldi’s reading made this audiobook very enjoyable. The story wasn’t my favorite, but Capaldi did an excellent job voicing all of the various characters. Kudos to him for such a great reading.

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  • Felix Steiner
  • 23-06-19

great story, wonderful narration.

The narrator (Peter Capaldi) is a genius! Each rabbit voice expertly matches their rabbit character . There are quite a lot of characters and it can get confusing to remember who is who, but with the change in voice for each rabbit you are able to follow the story along without confusion. Even the dogs' voice had a bark like quality to it. This mans narration made this audio book a joy to listen to

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  • GSut
  • 17-06-19

Best Watership Down Adaptation to Date

This audio adaptation of Watership Down is by far the finest adaptation of any kind to date for this book. Peter Capaldi does an excellent job narrating the story, as well as creating individual voices and personalities for each character. He brings out the perfect level of emotion and drama in each scene. I highly recommend this audio book for fans of Richard Adams's novel, and for those looking for a great adventure story.

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  • Adrien
  • 23-05-19

A Whimsical Tale with an Excellent Narrator

This version of Watership Down is told exceptionally well by Peter Capaldi. A great story all the way through.

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  • Michael J. Greiner
  • 23-08-19

A Story of Courage and Danger

I had begun this book many years ago but set it aside after one chapter. What a mistake that was.

A great story. Listen for yourself and see.

I will add only one observation: I believe the writers of The Walking Dead graphic novels are quite familiar with this book. Long before Rick led his band of survivors to a safe home, there was Hazel-Ra!

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  • Jessica Clapp
  • 20-08-19

Finally back--and worth all your credits!

I've been writing to Audible for years--practically BEGGING for them to add Watership Down to their collection. It's finally here and it does not disappoint. The narration is superb and the story is just such a classic. Read no further. Just go add it to your library.

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  • Katherine Cox
  • 20-08-19

Phenomenal performance

Best narration of a novel I’ve heard. Amazing actor. And of course such a wonderful book I remember from childhood

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-08-19

great classic re-read

this is a great stoey a clasic . i enjoyed reading it in middle school and i have enjoyed it again as an adult.