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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (62,182 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kenneth Grahame Narrator: Mary Woods Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Wind in the Willows is a book for those “who keep the spirit of youth alive in them; of life, sunshine, running water, woodlands, dusty roads, winter firesides.” So wrote Kenneth Grahame of his timeless tale of Rat, Mole, Badger, and Toad, in their lyrical world of gurgling rivers and whispering reeds, a world which is both beautiful and benevolently ordered. But it is also a world threatened by dark forces—”the Terror of the Wild Wood” with its “wicked little faces” and “glances of malice and hatred”—and defended by the mysterious Piper at the Gates of Dawn.

In the end, Grahame triumphantly succeeds in conveying his most precious theme: the miracle of loyalty and friendship. This tale of four friends and their adventures is a timeless classic that will inspire and delight listeners of all ages.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A Household Book...a book which everybody in the household loves, and quotes continually...a book which is read aloud to every new guest and is regarded as the touchstone of his worth.”

    A. A. Milne

  • “The book is an urbane exercise in irony at the expense of the English character and of mankind. It is entirely successful.”

    Arnold Bennett

  • The Wind in the Willows is a wise book.”

    Vainty Fair

  • The Wind in the Willows, like A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh, tunes us into childhood mysteries with pitch-perfect style ” .

    The Globe and Mail

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Cheryl | 2/20/2014

    " Wish I could give it ten stars... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Leigh | 2/20/2014

    " I read this abridged and beautifully illustrated version to Cam over the last week or so. It was such a joy to share the characters and the precise, lingering language with him. Eg. "As he hurried along, the Mole saw clearly he was an animal of field and hedgerow, the ploughed furrow, the frequented pasture, the lane of evening lingerings, the cultivated garden-plot. For others the conflict that went with Nature in the rough; he must be wise, must keep to the places in which his lines were laid and which held adventure enough, in their way, to last for a lifetime. " "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by George Berkeley | 2/19/2014

    " Fantastic book. The parts that were not hilarious bore unfathomable beauty of language. My favorite character was Mr. Toad! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Kristen | 2/19/2014

    " I find myself aligned with the minority of people who didn't like this book; I wanted to like it but it's not at all my kind of story. The descriptions of the woods/river/fields/weather are incredibly long-winded and unnecessary, the characters don't have many appealing characteristics and are flat caricatures besides, and Grahame's decision to put animal characters like rats and toads alongside humans and to have them interact on equal terms struck me as incredibly bizarre and jarring. So, pretty much everything other people describe as "charming" was just weird and wrong to me. "

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