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The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
By: (1859-1932)

The Wind in the Willows allows every person who has always wished animals could talk to dream a little more. In this amazing book, Toad, Ratty, Mr. Toad and Badger form a tight friendship and have many adventures.

At the beginning of the book, Mole is busy spring cleaning is home when he suddenly decides he is simply sick of the job and that he wants to see what the big world outside his home is really like. He discovers the world is a busy, crazy place and it takes a while for him to adapt. While he is wandering along the river, he meets his first friend, Ratty.

Ratty is fun-loving and has a relaxed attitude about life. He tells Mole he will show him the world and proudly shows Mole how much fun life along the river can be. Ratty does not like new things, though, so he and Mole learn some things together.

Mr. Toad is the next friend they meet. He lives in Toad Hall and is smart and kind, but he is also spoiled and believes he is the most important person in the world. He likes doing new things and gets obsessed over motor cars and houseboats. His wild ways get him into trouble several times.

The final friend in the group is Badger. He lives alone and he likes it that way. Badger does not want anyone to bother him and has little use for company. Mr. Toad’s father was Badger’s best friend and he is disappointed in how Mr. Toad is living his life.

The Wind in the Willows is full of fun and adventures for the best friends. It has serious themes at times, such as Mr. Toad and his prison time, but mostly it is a timeless story of friends who will do anything for each other. Children of all ages are enchanted by the thought of talking animals that have very human-like adventures together. This is definitely a cannot-go-wrong title for all ages!

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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 21 reviews)

Reviewer: - April 22, 2016
Subject: Exactly what I was looking for
This is my first foray into audio books as an adult. This beloved tale is read perfectly. I loved every minute.
Reviewer: - September 29, 2015
Subject: awesome
this is GREAT!!!!!!!!!
September 23, 2015
I think he needs to do the voices
Reviewer: - August 19, 2015
Subject: fake accents?
I think Mark Smith does a wonderful job. I have no idea what the problem was understanding what he said, but then, I AM from Texas!
Reviewer: - May 22, 2015
Subject: great book.
Thanks for your work. I jenjoy a lot this audio book.
Reviewer: - March 23, 2015
Subject: Great book!
I thought the reading of this book was great. I never read this as a child, but I enjoyed it quite a bit as an adult. The narrator did a nice job of using different voices for each character, though he does not use a British accent. That seems important to many reviewers, but it didn't bother me.
Reviewer: - February 9, 2015
Subject: PERFECT Recording
Thank you so much! Very grateful to have found this! I'm elated that this was read by an American. The narrator has a very nice voice. My kids love this. Thank you, sincerely. :)
Reviewer: - November 15, 2014
Subject: Wind in the Willows
To the credit of the narrator, this recording seems perfect for young children raised in the western US. For the time being, I have to pass over many audio books read with a British accent, because my children cannot understand. Are most reviewers British? I know this is not American lit., but it's currently in my favor to have it recorded by an American.
Reviewer: - April 12, 2014
Subject: It's OK
Come, don't be so harsh on the poor narrator. He's really done a very good job trying to imitate David Davis (blessed Uncle David of Children's Hour). I wonder how much time he spent trying learning Uncle David's very proper pre-war accent (very rare to find that accent these days!). All in all, it's a fairly good job, and apart from a few letters, his American doesn't really come out so heavily at all. Full marks for the effort.
Reviewer: - April 7, 2014
I think this would be a great story had a native British person read it. While the accent is appropriate, and an attempt at voices is appreciated, this reader is simply horrific at annunciating words to the point that at points it is impossible to understand if you are not reading along. Please someone re-record this book. I think it is a good story, but the reader does the text a real disservice!
Reviewer: - February 28, 2014
Subject: The Wind in the Willows
Couldn't handle the fake accent.
Reviewer: - February 17, 2014
Subject: Difficult to follow
Wish I had bothered to read the reviews. The narration is very up-and-down as a rule, with little attention to content. The accent is hard to follow. I miss about half of the words and am not drawn in at all. It's not the best. Props to the guy for reading the whole book out loud, but I can't finish this.
Reviewer: - January 31, 2014
Subject: Good intention..
I too was looking forward to listening to this... But I found the accent very distracting.
October 28, 2013
Subject: Re-record
I was so excited to listen to this...I really think someone else should re-record this audio file without the accents. It is almost impossible to understand what he is saying...
Reviewer: - September 20, 2013
Good story. TERRIBLE narration. If this story had just been read normally without the fake accent, it would have been great.
Reviewer: - September 13, 2013
I was so looking forward to listening to this one. Totally ruined by the narrators horrific accent.
August 20, 2013
Subject: Wind and the Willows
Too heavy on the Fake British accents. So strong that it was difficult to understand! Classic tale ruined by obnoxious reader!
July 18, 2013
Ugh! WHY do readers try to do accents? I could only listen for a few minutes. Horrible.
June 8, 2013
A classic English tale that is ruined within the first minute by an American trying to put on what he ultimately considers to be an English accent. Sorry, it just doesn't work.
December 6, 2012
Subject: This books was not good!!!
Had no concept and had a bad story line. This was the worst book I have ever read.
Reviewer: - October 25, 2012
Subject: Children
An animal's eye view of life. Full of the awesome wonder of days and nights in new environments: the cozy home, the grand home, the river, the highway. Laced through with adventures, "quests" and toils. This book touches the humanity within you and you'll say "Yes!".
The reader is excellent and seemed to love the book too.

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