The Wind in the Willows


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(4.4 stars; 120 reviews)

This much-loved story follows a group of animal friends in the English countryside as they pursue adventure … and as adventure pursues them! The chief characters - Mole, Rat, and Toad - generally lead upbeat and happy lives, but their tales are leavened with moments of terror, homesickness, awe, madcap antics, and derring-do.
Although classed as children’s literature, The Wind in the Willows holds a gentle fascination for adults too. The vocabulary is decidedly not “Dick and Jane”, and a reader with a love of words will find new ones to treasure, even if well-equipped for the journey. Parents will appreciate the themes of loyalty, manners, self-restraint, and comradeship which are evident throughout the book. When the characters err, they are prompt to acknowlege it, and so a reading of this book can model good behavior to children, who will otherwise be enchanted with the many ways in which the lives of these bucolic characters differ from modern life.
This book was so successful that it enabled the author to retire from banking and take up a country life somewhat like that of his creations. It has been adapted for screen, stage, and even a ride at the original Disneyland. (Summary by Mark F. Smith)

(6 hr 30 min)

Chapters

The River Bank 27:12 Read by Peter Yearsley
The Open Road 29:04 Read by Meredith Hughes
The Wild Wood 32:00 Read by Kara Shallenberg
Mr. Badger 30:12 Read by Betsie Bush
Dulce Dolmum 35:54 Read by Peter Yearsley
Mr. Toad 27:52 Read by Vinny Bove
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn 27:50 Read by Chip
Toad's Adventures 41:03 Read by Denny Sayers (d. 2015)
Wayfarers All 41:03 Read by Peter Eastman
The Further Adventures of Toad 33:41 Read by Kymm Zuckert
'Like Summer Tempests Came His Tears' 28:59 Read by Kirsten Ferreri
The Return of Ulysses 34:53 Read by Catharine Eastman

Reviews

Good Reader

(4 stars)

i enjoy good reading... reader sounds very nice. Doesn't sound like he is reading, sounds like he is telling a story.

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(5 stars)

Great job! 5 star for everyone!!!cute story I really enjoyed it.

A jolly time

(5 stars)

Excellent readers, great voices, what more can I say, LISTEN TO IT! Fall in love with a classic again!

great as always

(5 stars)

I listen to this book often, it always gives me a cheery feeling inside!

A Favorite

(5 stars)

I have always loved this story and hearing it brings me back to my childhood.

Pleasant book for kids

(4 stars)

Pleasant book for little kids. Well read by various readers.

Enjoyable

(5 stars)

Very worth listening to, beautifully written and, to my memory, very well read.

(4 stars)

not crazy about different readers per chapter but it wasn't too bad.