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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (62,378 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kenneth Grahame Narrator: Alan Bennett Publisher: AudioGO Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2005 ISBN:
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When the Water Rat invites the unassuming Mole to spend his first day ever in a boat on the river, and wise Badger comes along for the ride as well, so begins a marvellous season of adventure for the three friends. Mr Toad (he of Toad Hall) completes a happy foursome, but his tendency to get into hot water leads him into some rather hair-raising scrapes of his own.

From an idyllic riverside picnic to a snowy encounter in the Wild Wood, and from poop-pooping in Toad's shiny new motor car to battling the massed ranks of Stoats, Weasels, and Ferrets in a battle for Toad Hall, there's never a dull moment when they are all together!

In his own inimitable style, Alan Bennett gives voice to each and every character in Kenneth Grahame's beguiling novel. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dawn Trlak-Donahue | 2/18/2014

    " While I appreciate the book as a classic, it just isn't my style. I tend to not enjoy excessive description and for whatever reason, the old school British novels are never my favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa Cook | 2/14/2014

    " There really wasn't much that was too special about this novel, but I was curiously drawn to it nonetheless. I fell into the category of the masses who thought this was a mere children's book. I knew of its existence as a novel, but to be honest, my only exposure to the concept was Mr. Toad's Wild Ride. I was pleasantly surprised with Grahame's sophistication of writing and the rich allegorical text he was able to create. I feel like I would have gotten much more out of this novel if I had any familiarity with British history or aristocracy, but even with my limited knowledge I could appreciate the deeply symbolic characters of Rat, Toad, Mole and Badger. Definitely more than a simple children's story. I will never ride Mr. Toad's the same way again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bennett | 2/10/2014

    " i can't think of a better bedtime read. well, i probably can, just can't be bothered to right now. still an amazing ability of the writing to put you into a different but believable world. and there really is nothing better than simply messing about in boats. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eugene | 2/10/2014

    " An endearing story of personified creatures. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liene Apsalone | 1/30/2014

    " It used to be a traditional bedtime story read for me as a child, definitely one of the books I associate most with my childhood and with the warm feeling that I do not have to care about anything. I do not really know why, but I always loved Chapter XII: The Return of Ulysses much more than any other part of the book; in fact, I used to ask exactly for this one and refused to listen to any other chapter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia E Sherman | 1/28/2014

    " I enjoyed the various characters and all of the adventures. I was not a huge fan of the way in which this material is worded. I found my myself drifting as I was reading. This never happens to me. I realize that this book was first written in 1908, so that may be why the choice of words are as such. Although, once you get used to the format, the characters are fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob Lehto | 1/23/2014

    " One of me and my son's favorites! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tom | 1/18/2014

    " Abi Really liked this - much more than I ever thought she would. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meagan | 12/16/2013

    " It is the exact opposite of boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robin Horton | 12/9/2013

    " I started reading this to my son, but he wasn't interested yet. I became attached to dear Mole and Ratty, so I continued on my own. I haven't read it since grade school. I enjoyed it all over again! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly Hiscott | 12/8/2013

    " One of my childhood faves! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fox | 11/25/2013

    " I'm afraid I cried along with Mole when Rat refused to go back to look for his house. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucy | 11/16/2013

    " Still good. Re-reading this always makes me happy and a bit nostalgic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Sherman | 11/5/2013

    " A good story but I enjoy Redwall better. Maybe because it is a more of a medieval time setting without modern technology. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dameon Huber | 3/30/2013

    " This book tends to drag on, if you want the story watch the cartoon from Disney. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jaimie O'Dell | 3/17/2013

    " I HATED THIS BOOK AND IT WAS TORTURE TO READ!HOW IT MADE 100 GREATEST CHILDREN'S BOOKS IS BEYOND ME! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jillian | 3/16/2013

    " I don't know how I didn't read this as a child, especially since I adored the Frog & Toad books and then the Redwall series. Wind in the Willows was quite amusing and charming, as expected, and I was fortunate to listen to a phenomenal Libravox recording narrated by Adrian Praetzellis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Layvon | 11/6/2012

    " This was really good! That Toad is a riot! Good thing he has his friend Badger "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elisabeth Brunner | 10/22/2012

    " One of the absolute sweetest and best-illustrated children's books I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Something I hope to pass on to my children, someday. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rosalie | 8/27/2012

    " This was a VERY well written book! I rate it 4 stars! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raniera | 4/23/2012

    " I love this book. Its quite unpredictable and its all about animals living their lives. I love the frog though, very dumb but great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 JR | 3/27/2012

    " Once you start this book you can't put it down. The animals are all fun and get into a pickle or two. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stella_bee | 2/28/2012

    " Kisah fabel anak yang jenaka sekaligus berat, karena muatan & pesan-pesan moral yang memang tidak ringan. Menarik untuk disimak walau bukan untuk dikenang.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 1/23/2012

    " One of my absolute favorites from childhood. I think Toad's stupidity just sucked me in and I had to find out what craziness was going to happen next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tessa | 1/20/2012

    " I would call this book charming, but I wasn't in the mood for charming. I think I would have liked it better if I had read it at a different time. There's nothing wrong with it, I just wasn't in the right mood. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Callie-shea | 5/11/2011

    " I can't wait to read this to my kids and grandkids! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 5/8/2011

    " Loved this one as a child. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 5/4/2011

    " I listened to an audio version of this, and found it somewhat entertaining. The best chapters are those with the toad.

    Fine book for children (advanced reading level), lots of lessons that can be learned, though they use "ass" about 12 times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leopold | 5/4/2011

    " A classic. Every bit as good when reading it in my adult life as it was in my youth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 5/3/2011

    " water rat mole toad and all fun childrens story "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 4/30/2011

    " Where have I been all my life? I had never read this book and didn't know what I was missing! The whimsical descriptions, the characters, and the charming pastoral setting make it a delightful escape. I can only wish I had read it as a kid; guess reading it now is the next best thing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 4/26/2011

    " Mine is a leather bound issue, part of a collection Dalmatian Press released in 2004. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janosch | 4/26/2011

    " Fantastische Welt. Tolle Charaktere und vieles zu entdecken in dieser Geschichte. Lässt sich schwer beschreiben, sollte man erlebt haben. Für jedes Alter geeignet. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 4/17/2011

    " Such a cute story... could read it over and over again. and it would be a quick read if I didn't read it on my phone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amber | 4/14/2011

    " I never read this as a kid, but I kind of wish I had. I loved books about animals that were pretty much people (Redwall, anyone?) and this was really good. The characters were funny and the book made me laugh pretty much throughout. "

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About the Author
Author Kenneth Grahame

Kenneth Grahame (1859–1932), Scottish-born author, was raised by his grandmother in Berkshire, England, along the banks of the Thames River. He was educated at Oxford and then worked for the Bank of England. As a pastime, he wrote light nonfiction and articles for newspapers. The Wind in the Willows, originally written as letters to his son, established him as a writer of children’s books and had a deep influence on fantasy literature.