The Wind in the Willows

  • by Kenneth Grahame
  • Narrated by Alan Bennett
  • 3 hrs and 16 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's 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.

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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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- Rebecca

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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- Nancy Bowring

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-04-2005
  • Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited