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Author: Jonas, Kenneth Grahame, More Narrator: Nigel Anthony, Nigel Lambert, James Saxon Publisher: Penguin Audio Audio Length: Release Date: August 1997 Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781101082508

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This hardcover edition of the classic tale of THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS has been read and loved by children for generations. Start a new tradition of reading this timeless tale in your home today! •Fully illustrated in color, bringing each tale to life •Filled with humor, adventure and imagination for children of all ages •Great first-time reading for children as well as reading again for parents and grandparents •Beautiful story and unforgettable characters

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Read this book with my 7yo son and saw myself in his eyes. It is a timeless classic children's book. The animals can be easily replaced with humans and you could get a book that would feel like a Scott Fitzgerald story. "

    - Amrish, 2/20/2014
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    " I wanted to like this book because it is a children's classic but the chapters didn't really connect and I didn't care for Toads adventures. I love Mole and Rat and Badger but it just wasn't enough "

    - Isobel, 2/19/2014
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " My all time favourite book. From the first time I heard the story when my mum read it to me a chapter a night, to now some 40 years later when I read it every year. It will always hold a special place in my heart. Oh and I know we all associate with one of the characters, well I'm mole! "

    - Jill, 2/19/2014
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " An excellent book read long back that I would surely like to read again. "

    - Ankur, 2/18/2014
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    " This BBC radio broadcast of Wind in the Willows, adapted for production by playwright Alan Bennett, is perfectly delightful. One wishes one could have seen the stage production. "

    - Betty, 2/18/2014
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Read with James my baby son "

    - Chris, 2/18/2014
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Dawn, 2/18/2014
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Lisa, 2/14/2014
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Slow and sweet and wonderful. I loved Mole and Rat and Badger. I found Toad to be an irritating blowhard, but I think you're supposed to. A nice little book to curl up with when you're in the mood to read something, but don't want it to be too long, too involved or complicated. "

    - Lindsay, 2/13/2014
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Bennett, 2/10/2014
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    " An endearing story of personified creatures. "

    - Eugene, 2/10/2014
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    " if you've never read this book then you must! Mr. Toad is fantastic! "

    - Katrina, 2/10/2014
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    " I loved this book as a child! "

    - Dierdra, 2/8/2014
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    " I have loved this book every time I've read it, whether as a child or as an adult reading it with my children. "

    - Ronda, 2/7/2014
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    " I absolutely adored this book as a child and have every intention of reading it to my own children. It is a classic "

    - Alison, 2/5/2014
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    " 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. "

    - Liene, 1/30/2014
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Cynthia, 1/28/2014
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " No one needs my rehashing of this turn-of-the-twentieth-century children's book, but my love for it has burned steadily for fifty years. Oh, how I wanted to be out with Mole and Ratty messing about in boats, and how I enjoyed Toad's worrying exploits. His behavior was satisfyingly naughty and his friends couldn't curb him. How delightful! "

    - Holly, 1/28/2014
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I think this might be a good step-up for kids who love the Frog and Toad books. Old-fashioned in a way that may not translate well today. Or I could just have an allergy to anthropomorphized animal books for middle-grade readers (besides Charlotte's Web, that is). "

    - Andreaiu, 1/26/2014
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    - Bob, 1/23/2014
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    " A pastoral English story of warm friendship amidst the beauty of the natural world. This read to me as a child and I just finished reading it out loud to my wife as we fell asleep. The familiar story was comforting, and while the characters were hilarious and noble while sometimes selfish and dangerous, the underlying mystique of friendship and the excitement of adventure were still there. Highly recommended. "

    - Scott, 1/21/2014
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " My favorite book as a kid. "

    - Cristi, 1/19/2014
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    - Tom, 1/18/2014
  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " This book was a bit old and I think I would recommend it to for me and I really didn't know what the problem or exciting part was "

    - I, 1/15/2014
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    " I am attempting to read this to my kids ... I am loving it but I think my kids need to a be a bit older to enjoy it! "

    - Sara, 1/1/2014
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " A sweet book I read whilst being "the judge" in a play version of Toad of Toad Hall "

    - Sophie, 12/24/2013
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    " It is the exact opposite of boring. "

    - Meagan, 12/16/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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! "

    - Robin, 12/9/2013
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " One of my childhood faves! "

    - Kelly, 12/8/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Fabel anak-anak, yang katanya terbaik sepanjang masa. Tidak menyangkal, memang fabel ini selain menghibur juga mengandung makna yang mendalam secara tersirat. Setting, perwatakan, dan kejadiannya dapat diasosiasikan dengan manusia di sekitar kita, bahkan diri kita sendiri. "

    - B-zee, 12/4/2013
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " There is nothing , absolute nothing, half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats! "

    - Arne, 11/30/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " this was a entertaing book "

    - Kimi, 11/29/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " The Wind in the Willows is an a children's tale that adults should also enjoy. The Barnes and Noble classics edition gives needed background information on the book and Kenneth Grahame. "

    - James, 11/27/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    - Fox, 11/25/2013
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Drug addiction, peer pressure, stick to your guns. "

    - Kevvy, 11/20/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Of its time, of its class, and a delight. "

    - Howard, 11/19/2013
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    - Lucy, 11/16/2013
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    - John, 11/5/2013
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " A joyful dip into a classic I read as a child... "

    - Ros, 10/25/2013
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Wow, I never read this as a child, my only exposure was from Mr. Toad's Wild Ride at Disneyland. What an amazing book. Just finished reading this book to my five-year-old son. We both loved it. A wonderful story, such expressive writing. Great characters. I'll be reading this again. "

    - Darrin, 10/18/2013
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I read this with my girls. And we loved it! Obviously, I explained a lot of things, but they LOVED wild Toad's escapades and even learned a few values too. I would definitely recommend it! "

    - Jenni, 8/21/2013
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " There are lots of colours. The story made me feel happy. "

    - Cameron, 5/2/2013
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    - Leopold, 4/20/2013
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

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

    - Dameon, 3/30/2013
  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

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

    - Jaimie, 3/17/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Jillian, 3/16/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I remember being read this by my Grandpa when he came out to visit us in Australia one time- he was amazing at doing all the voices, I loved it! "

    - Rebecca, 1/23/2013
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " love it every kid should hear this one out loud! "

    - Rob, 1/8/2013
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " One of my favourite childhood books. "

    - Teresa, 12/15/2012
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    - Layvon, 11/6/2012
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I really enjoyed "The Wind in the Willows". Even though it is considered a children's book I found myself absorbed by the adventures on Toad, Rat, Badger and the other animals. For me it was one of those books that you're sorry to see finished. "

    - Joe, 11/2/2012
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Elisabeth, 10/22/2012
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " this was a entertaing book "

    - Kimi, 9/28/2012
  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Dawn, 9/3/2012
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

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

    - Rosalie, 8/27/2012
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I think I expected too much from the book. It was just an ok book for me. It is basically about a mole befriending a water rat. While staying with his new friend, mole gets to meet Toad, Beaver, Otter etc. Some parts of the book was real cute and I liked toad,, but some parrts were really boring... "

    - Anu, 6/20/2012
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " such a piece of my childhood I really love toad "

    - Michelle, 6/19/2012
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " A sweet book I read whilst being "the judge" in a play version of Toad of Toad Hall "

    - Sophie, 5/29/2012
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    - Raniera, 4/23/2012
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    - JR, 3/27/2012
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    " I read this book to my children. Classic. "

    - Linda, 2/28/2012
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    - Stella_bee, 2/28/2012
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I first read this book (or had it read to me) as a young child. Now, I read it to my own kids (currently 6 and 4); it's one of their favorite bedtime stories. :) "

    - Dennis, 2/2/2012
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Anna, 1/23/2012
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Tessa, 1/20/2012
  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " I didn't read this book as a child and maybe that is why I didn't like it. It was more of a series of short stories with the same characters and it put me to sleep (which is rare for me while I read). "

    - Missie, 10/26/2011
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Are the people animal-sized or the animals people-sized? And why no female animals? "

    - Mara, 10/22/2011
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I just loved this story! I was quite surprised at how fast I read it. :) "

    - Rachel, 10/18/2011
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " The adventures of four friends – Toad, Mole, Water Rat, and Badger – are depicted in this classic story. Toad is especially hilarious. After he is imprisoned for stealing a car, he escapes (with the help of a little girl) and the fun begins! "

    - Amy, 10/8/2011
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Oh was I scared to read this book when my mum brought this for me and my brother to read. It took me ages to pick it up...the front cover was not very appealing to us. They could have drawn a better picture to lure us in to reading this classic story. Still was never to be a childhood Favourite. "

    - Mey, 10/8/2011
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " My kids loved this book, it was like pulling teeth to get me through it. When we finished they kept asking to read it again! I did finally at the end understand why it is a classic--it does teach about consequences and responsibility. "

    - Andrea, 10/7/2011
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I have read this several times, and it is not one of my favorites, but it is very good nonetheless. I like rat and badger (especially rat.) Really not a big fan of Toad. "

    - Brenna, 9/28/2011
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " All of life's lessons in a single book. "

    - Annetteb, 9/24/2011
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    " What a delightful book. We are reading it for Classic Rereads book club. I loved it. Stephanie was in our community theater's production of it when she was in HS. "

    - Elaine, 9/21/2011
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Great, great book! Read it when I was a kid. Awesome book! "

    - Cody, 9/3/2011
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " I'm so glad to finally check this book off the list. It is one of those books that I feel I "should" read, but don't really like. The only thing that made it bearable was listening to Jim Weiss's audio version of it. "

    - Elaine, 8/23/2011
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This book is so beautifullly written, no wonder it's a classic! "

    - Ruth, 7/28/2011
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " A favourite book from childhood - a big influence in my life that gave me a love of rivers and messing about with boats! "

    - Peter, 6/24/2011
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Read with James my baby son "

    - Chris, 6/17/2011
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " My right year old son gives this four stars. I rather enjoyed reading it, too, with the animals' grand ways of speaking and Toad's songs. "

    - Barb, 6/7/2011
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Really enjoyed reading this with my 7 year old and 4 year old daughters. Great characters, great descriptions and a beautifully warm tone. The illustrations in this edition are great, they match the book well -- I don't think my 4 year old would have tracked with the story without the illustrations. "

    - Bill, 5/22/2011
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    - Callie-shea, 5/11/2011
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Loved this one as a child. "

    - Wendy, 5/8/2011
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Emily, 5/4/2011
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    - Leopold, 5/4/2011
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " water rat mole toad and all fun childrens story "

    - Mike, 5/3/2011
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " 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! "

    - Angela, 4/30/2011
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

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

    - Amber, 4/26/2011
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

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

    - Janosch, 4/26/2011
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Erin, 4/17/2011
  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " 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. "

    - Amber, 4/14/2011

About the Author

Kenneth Grahame (1859–1932), Scottish-born author, was raised by his grandmother in Berkshire, England, along the banks of the Thames River. He began working at the Bank of England in 1879. 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.

About the Narrators

Nigel Anthony is best known for his extensive broadcasts for BBC radio as a leading actor and for his Earphones Award–winning audio narrations. He has also appeared many times on television in series such as Casualty and Coronation Street, while on the stage he has appeared in Sick Dictators and Ghosts and has worked with Alan Ayckbourn and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Nigel Lambert has appeared in Doctor Who, Bergerac, and Heartbeat. A frequent narrator for audiobooks and television, he provided the narration for Look Around You, a parody of educational science programs.

James Saxon’s (1955–2003) long acting career included roles in such television series as Doctor Who, Tales from the Crypt, and Vanity Fair.