The Wind in the Willows (version 3)


Read by Adrian Praetzellis

(4.8 stars; 429 reviews)

The classic story of how Rat, Mole, and the other river-bankers saved Toad from his excesses. This book has it all: excitement, sentiment, destruction of private property (plenty of that), paganism, and a happy ending. The prose is beautiful and occasionally requires the use of a dictionary - I had to look up “asperities.” Written as a children’s story, The Wind in the Willows is enjoyed by many grown-ups who relish Grahame’s ability to evoke the long summer days of childhood. (Summary by Adrian Praetzellis)

(6 hr 55 min)

Chapters

The River Bank 29:30 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
The Open Road 31:28 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
The Wild Wood 31:17 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Mr. Badger 33:39 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Dulce Domum 38:23 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Mr. Toad 33:30 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn 28:08 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Toad's Adventures 33:52 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Wayfarers All 39:42 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
The Further Adventures of Toad 41:12 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
"Like Summer Tempests Came His Tears" 41:06 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
The Return of Ulysses 33:34 Read by Adrian Praetzellis

Reviews

Delightful!

(5 stars)

A fantastic adventure story about kindness in friendship. Read by a masterful voice actor who really makes you see each character uniquely by his choice of tone and dialect that is consistent throughout. The only negative is that it makes light of real world consequences & the judicial system, so I wouldn't recommend it for youth who have been legitimately placed in juvenile detention. Otherwise, an all-around pleasant tale!

Excellent Reading!

(5 stars)

Not only have I listened to this fine reading of _Wind in the Willows_, but a number of my friends have as well, and we all agree that this audiobook is as good as any commercially-made production. I recommend it highly!

A very nice recording

(5 stars)

Mr. Toad, Ratty, Mr. Badger, and Mole are among the many creatures and characters who inhabit Grahame's version of Victorian era England. He weaves their riverbank life and many adventures in magical yet universally appealing style. A great literary classic who will appeal to children and adults alike. A remarkable recording indeed! Many thanks to Adrian Praetzellis. Highly recommended.

Delightful!

(5 stars)

I only listened to the last three chapters, because I had been reading a print copy and I just could not make myself finish it. I wish I had listened from the beginning. The narration is lovely and the reader does a fabulous job with voices for the different characters - I particularly enjoyed his Toad.

(5 stars)

Adrian Praetzellis, if you aren't already you must go pro! Simply, wow! You blew me away! I can honestly say that I've never enjoyed an audio book narration more. I'll even go so far as to promise prospective listeners that they never have nor ever will find a person more talented than Adrian at giving each individual character a distinctive personality. You know so much about these wonderful creatures because this narrator brings them to life so beautifully. I've just sampled several versions of this book by excellent narrators such as Terry Jones and Derek Jacobi. As wonderful as they are Adrian Praetzellis is in a league of his own. So very happy to have stumbled upon this gem. I'd have happily paid top dollar to add this to my collection and made sure all my friends did too! I shall look for his name. whenever I'm browsing audio books. I feel certain I will buy based simply on his name alone. Higher praise I cannot think to say.

Excellent reading

(5 stars)

Wonderful voices for all the characters, enjoyable renditions of the songs. I remember enjoying this book when I was little, but was surprised to discover Toad's woeful lack of conscience and glorification of lawbreaking. If sharing this book with children, you might want to start a discussion of whether a friend who really acted like this would be fun or annoying. (PS: the word "epitome" in the text should be pronounced "uh-pit-o-mee," not "ep-ih-tome," does not rhyme with "home.")

One of the Best Audiobooks

(5 stars)

This novel is a delightful, sometimes mystifying, little tale about four little characters and their big adventures. Anyone who enjoys Winnie-the-Pooh, English humour, or simply lovely and idyllic stories will probably love this book. There is very little to say beyond urging anyone with a sense of fun to read this. The really important point about this particular recording is that it is simply one of the best I have ever heard. This narrator leaves most professionally produced audiobooks behind and accomplishes an incredible feat in making each character come distinctly alive. His singing of the songs is so good, his narration is flawless, and above all, the voices that he gives to the characters are absolutely perfect. Please keep reading, sir!

Enthralling

(5 stars)

Beautifully read with superb attention to detail; with regards to the varying accents and mannerisms. Took me back to being a little girl, laying in bed on a Sunday night, giggling at my dad's renditions of Mr. Toad! Thank you to all involved. This was a true pleasure.