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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,424 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Walter Wangerin Narrator: Paul Michael Publisher: christianaudio.com Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2009 ISBN:
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Walter Wangerin's profound fantasy concerns a time when the sun turned around the earth and the animals could speak, when Chauntecleer the Rooster ruled over a more or less peaceful kingdom. What the animals did not know was that they were the Keepers of Wyrm, monster of evil long imprisoned beneath the earth....and Wyrm was breaking free. Download and start listening now!

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa Rathbun | 2/13/2014

    " I didn't really enjoy this story, although the imagery of the simple animals fighting on against the dark, overwhelming waters of evil and destruction was powerful and reminded me of LotR. I also liked how the Wyrm was described as being so angry that he was kept imprisoned by humble, ignorant animals. This reminded me of the wrath of the demons in Screwtape Letters when they realize that man, a thing born in a bed, could stand before angels and not cower away the way the demons had to. Even though I know I should be more partial to a book that's supposed to have Christian insights, I'd rather read Watership Down any day! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirsten Kinnell | 2/9/2014

    " This was great-- an epic on the scale of Chronicles of Narnia. Some of it could be scary for a younger reader. I won't give it to my 7 year old yet, but also won't hesitate to recommend it to my 12 year old. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clark | 1/29/2014

    " Better than The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. More succinct than Lord of the Rings, but just as imaginative. It's a book of faith, not about about faith, deeply rooted in the Christian story and in the communal Christian practice of daily liturgy. I imagine reading it to my children. I receive it as book about leadership. I think you'll like it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lora | 1/19/2014

    " What seems to be a very docile book, just like the farm animals in it, has turned out to be incredibly deep, moving, and thought provoking. The chapters are short, making it a quick read, but the very real struggle between good and evil sticks with you throughout the day. I'd highly recommend this book, as I continue to mull over the ideas and reminders presented here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peet Nichols | 1/19/2014

    " I read it, shut it, and then sat for a long time staring out the window at the rain thinking. It wasn't even a comprehensible line of thought, I was simply mulling over the story that I had felt a part of, but very conscious that it left me feeling goosed (good and sad). I really wasn't expecting such an impact on my emotions, but it was really GOOD... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Todd | 1/17/2014

    " A powerful fable dealing with sacramental themes in the most earthy ways, nearly perfect, in the vein of _Animal Farm_ but substantially better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Conrad | 1/5/2014

    " What George Orwell did for the politics of the barnyard with 'Animal Farm', so Walter Wangerin has done for the bigger struggle in the baryard - that of good versus evil - with 'The Book Of The Dun Cow'. If one reads it carefully one can find many biblical allusions sprinkled throughout the story. The heroes are flawed - faith wavers, questions remain unanswered, self gets in the way, but still the animals press on in a life or death struggle against the evil that seeks to destroy everything. A remarkably well told tale and one worth coming back to for a second read (or more). And, of course, there is a sequel - "The Book Of Sorrows". Evil doesn't give up that easily. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rob Springer | 12/31/2013

    " I read this tale some years ago and I plan to re-read it soon. I don't read books more than once very often. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave Rench | 12/19/2013

    " much more violent than I thought a book about farm animals could be, but very good. Kept you on the edge of your seat. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bish Denham | 12/1/2013

    " I read this book when it first came out. It is another classic worth rereading every once in a while. It is something that should be passed along to younger generations and should not be lost all the other books out there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Krycho | 10/10/2013

    " This is probably my favorite fiction discovery of the last five years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Douglas Wilson | 12/10/2012

    " On the plus side of good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Benjamin | 8/24/2012

    " Strangely written, but good book with strong themes of clearly good vs. clearly evil, the seductive power of evil, the weariness and difficulty of resisting evil, champions and powerful emotions. Very enjoyable, would like to get the second book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew Acevedo | 5/1/2012

    " I mean, I know it's taken from the Canterbury tales, and I get the allegory, and I like the mythological references...but I just can't get past the fact that they live in coops, and on farms, when there are no people around... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Philip P. | 12/1/2011

    " Chronicles of Narmia? Shmronicles of shmarnia! Awesome religious fable about a roosters battle against evil, vividly and beautifully told "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rita | 9/3/2011

    " I loved this book in 7th or 8th grade. It's an allegory with animals in the parts of good and evil. Not many of my friends tried to read it, but I loved it and never forgot it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Zach | 4/15/2011

    " Well done by Wangerin. I've always wondered why there isn't more good Christian fiction in the protestant/evangelical tradition. Seems like the big names we're still reading is Lewis (brilliant but dead) & O'Connor (A Catholic) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Travis | 12/5/2010

    " 10 pages in, I was thinking, "Talking animals. I'm going to hate this." 30 pages in, I was completely hooked. Brilliant book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 8/14/2010

    " A tough book to describe to someone, but incredibly enjoyable. I have never cared so much about roosters, dogs and weasels and have never seen the gospel tied so well to them either. "

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About the Author

Walter Wangerin, Jr. is widely recognized as one of the most gifted writers writing today on the issues of faith and spirituality. Starting with the renowned Book of the Dun Cow, Wangerin’s writing career has encompassed most every genre: fiction, essay, short story, children’s story, meditation, and biblical exposition. The author of over forty books, Wangerin has won the National Book Award, New York Times Best Children’s Book of the Year Award, and several Gold Medallions, including best-fiction awards for both The Book of God and Paul: A Novel. He lives in Valparaiso, Indiana, where he is senior research professor at Valparaiso University.

About the Narrator

Paul Michael is an Audie Award-winning narrator. He has acted on stage, radio, television, and in feature films in Canada, Great Britain, and the United States. He has had leading roles in series and made-for-television movies and has guest starred in such series as VIP and Alias. He has been nominated for a Canadian Emmy (or Nellie) and has recorded over 150 audiobooks, including the international bestseller The Da Vinci Code, winning more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards.