The Wind in the Willows
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 acknowledge 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)
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i enjoy good reading... reader sounds very nice. Doesn't sound like he is reading, sounds like he is telling a story.
Great job! 5 star for everyone!!!cute story I really enjoyed it.
A jolly time
Excellent readers, great voices, what more can I say, LISTEN TO IT! Fall in love with a classic again!
glorious story, beautifully read
Richard in Alabama
You don't have to listen to many librivox recordings to figure out that some of the readers are just much better than others. These readers all do a good job. Some do the voices, and at least two sing, with one even playing the piano! Great fun to listen to. Thank you, readers, for taking the time. And thank you for a job well done. The book itself is wonderful, and has survived the test of time for good reason. Toad, of course, is my favorite of the characters, and had me rolling on the floor laughing.
I love this book SOOOOOO MMMMUCCHHH i read this book when I was a kid and i still read! Some cons are: 1. The person who read Chapter 11 is not that good. 2. There are no Women in the book, the characters are very sexist they degrade Women.
As a newcomer to Librivox, I am totally thrilled with the joy audio books has given me. This book is indeed entertaining, and although I initially put it on as a sleep story, I have to listen to the reading with joy. I am quite happy indeed
great as always
I listen to this book often, it always gives me a cheery feeling inside!
I have always loved this story and hearing it brings me back to my childhood.