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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,997 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Adams Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2011 ISBN: 9781470802028
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Richard Adams, the author of Watership Down, creates a lyrical and engrossing tale, a remarkable journey into the hearts and minds of two canine heroes, Snitter and Rowf.

After being horribly mistreated at a government animal-research facility, Snitter and Rowf escape into the isolation—and terror—of the wilderness. Aided only by a fox they call “the tod,” the two dogs must struggle to survive in their new environment. When the starving dogs attack some sheep, they are labeled ferocious man-eating monsters, setting off a great dog hunt that is later intensified by the fear that the dogs could be carriers of the bubonic plague.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Thousands and thousands of people will love this book!”

    Boston Globe

  • “Gripping…A compelling tale of emotional force and high suspense.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Adams takes us to places where no author has taken us.”

    Washington Post

  • “Part marvelous adventure story, part diatribe against those who needlessly torture animals…an excellent drama.”

    Newsweek

  • “Engrossing…It bears [the] abundant mark of sheer genius.”

    Plain Dealer (Cleveland)

  • “More powerful than Watership Down.”

    Providence Journal

  • “The work is excellently read by Ralph Cosham, who adds several British local dialects.”

    Library Journal

  •  A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 2/15/2014

    " I devoured this book while in my freshman year in college - probably should have been studying something! I remember enjoying it. The story is about a pair of dogs who escape from a horrid vivesection lab, and forage in the countryside to survive. Of course, the farmers whose hen houses the dogs are raiding are not pleased with the new neighbors, and when the lab leaks that the dogs may have the plague, it becomes even harder for the poor dogs to survive. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Harriman | 2/3/2014

    " Happy ending felt like a bit of a cop out, but still a quality read. Not as deep or absorbing as Watership Down, but still powerful and interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alioh | 2/2/2014

    " Strange, funny, weird, not as easy to read as Watership Down, but an interesting work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eleanor Howard | 1/27/2014

    " I absolutely loved this book. It was wonderful and it made me cry a lot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jessica | 1/25/2014

    " This broke my heart. For anyone who still thinks vivisection is ethical, you'll change your mind after reading this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melle | 1/25/2014

    " Why? Why do I pick up a book when I know it's going to break my tender puppy-loving heart in spots? This is my first foray into Richard Adams' work, having somehow avoided the alleged-tearjerker "Watership Down," and, while I'm usually not a fan of talking animals (especially ones with linguistically-complex dialects), it helped that the main protagonists were my favorite species. The book was a weird mix of pacing, and it took me a very long while to get through, but it wasn't a bad read and I don't feel like I wasted precious hours that I will never get back. However, I feel that this book would have made more of an impression on me, had I been in fifth- or sixth-grade. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan Langford | 1/15/2014

    " Other than just the well written work of Adams, part of the discussion material which comes out of this story and book is how 'fear' of the weak or helpless or powerless is used as tool to get people to act and interpret to the ends of those that try and 'create' the fear. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Victoria | 1/15/2014

    " The most depressing book I have ever read. It made me want to shot myself in the head. Watership Down, Shardik and Maia on the other hand, I loved. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob Hermanowski | 1/11/2014

    " A worthy follow-up to "Watership Down", another moving tale about animals. Adams makes several humorous references to his earlier book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lela | 12/20/2013

    " Didn't win my heart like Watership Down but still a great read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leigh | 12/18/2013

    " This one literally moved me to tears. The struggles of the poor dogs..so sad. But a great read, just remember to have some Kleenex handy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dev | 8/19/2013

    " An involving tale, but a mere shadow of Watership Down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vixenfur | 8/14/2013

    " Wonderful! Just as good as the movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 7/8/2013

    " Read this one years ago and loved it. Its one of the books that should be a classic for kids to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Taya Mathias | 5/28/2013

    " You will want to jump on the, outlaw animal testing, bandwagon after reading this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 10/23/2012

    " I guess I'd never really thought about animal experimentation until I read this book. So there's that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 9/28/2012

    " very sad but very powerful "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Fritzen | 6/19/2012

    " Great story but be sure you have a box of tissues near you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elise Hamilton | 3/28/2012

    " I love Richard Adams writing. In this book, like Watership Down, he writes from the perspective of the animals. Enjoyed the book, but it didn't have the same power as Watership. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Isabel | 1/29/2012

    " The story of Rowf and Snitter, who escape from a laboratory in the Lake District. Moving, but not as good as Watership Down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mikey G | 12/17/2011

    " Be nice to your critters! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlene | 7/8/2011

    " Wow, I read this ages ago; but I still remembered the title! Must have been a good read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pandora | 3/16/2011

    " I loved this book; I thought it was better than Watership Down. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sherry | 3/11/2011

    " It has been a very long time since I read this book, and I don't think I finished it. I thought it was goofy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Loni | 2/8/2011

    " Great, a real tear-jerker. If you wonder about animals being used for experiments read this book. It was sad and happy at the same time. I love dogs and these two were great characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fiction Fool | 2/3/2011

    " I read this before I started my goodreads account. Review forthcoming in the future. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 1/28/2011

    " An engaging book. I liked it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sam | 1/13/2011

    " I loved his other books so much but just couldn't even finish this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eleanor | 10/29/2010

    " This is a great story, told from the dogs point of view, some parts are very funny, some are sad. I'd love to find a copy of it, mine fell apart. "

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About the Author
Author Richard Adams

Richard Adams (1920–2016) grew up in Berkshire, England, the son of a country doctor. After an education at Oxford, he spent six years in the army and then went into the civil service. He wrote many novels and short stories, including Watership Down and Shardik.

About the Narrator

Ralph Cosham (1936–2014), a.k.a. Geoffrey Howard, was a British journalist who changed careers to become a narrator and screen and stage actor. He performed in more than one hundred professional theatrical roles, and several of his narrations were named “Audio Best of the Year” by Publishers Weekly. He won seven AudioFile Earphones Awards, and in 2013 he won the coveted Audie Award for Best Mystery Narration for his reading of Louise Penny’s The Beautiful Mystery.