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Author: Richard Adams Narrator: Peter Capaldi Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2019 ISBN: 9781982562700
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Fiver may be small, but he has a powerful gift. Fiver, you see, is a seer. He is also a rabbit. And because of his powers, he has seen something that nobody else has; something that will change the course of history for his entire civilization. He has seen, to put it simply, a vision foretelling the complete destruction of the warren.

Along with his brother, Hazel, Fiver does his best to convince the chief rabbit that something evil is coming, and that they have to evacuate. But the chief turns a deaf ear to their warnings, refusing to listen, let alone act. Worried and dejected, Fiver and Hazel determine that their only course of action is to set out with a few of their friends in search of a new home.

The road is not without its perils, however. Their party has barely exited the warren before they face their first obstacle: The Owsla, a caste of military rabbits, are sent to stop them, and they barely escape with their lives. From there onward, it is a non-stop adventure. Fiver's visions lead the band to their final destination, and the various talents of the party members all come in handy as they face various obstacles on their journey to Watership Down. And even if they arrive safely, their adventure will have only just begun.

Richard Adams, born in 1920 is an English novelist, best known for writing Watership Down. He was a student of modern history before joining the British Army during World War II, and after the war he completed his studies and became a member of the British Civil Service. Watership Down, his first book, was published in 1972, and by 1974 he was a full-time author. Having written over 20 books in his decades long career, Adams is now semi-retired, and lives with his wife in Whitchurch, Hampshire.

One of the most beloved novels of our time, Watership Down is an epic journey, a stirring tale of adventure, courage, and survival.

Fiver could sense danger. Something terrible was going to happen to the warren; he felt sure of it. They had to leave immediately. So begins a long and perilous journey of survival for a small band of rabbits.

As the rabbits skirt danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band, its humorous characters, and its compelling culture, complete with its own folk history and mythos. Fiver’s vision finally leads them to Watership Down, an upland meadow. But here they face their most difficult challenges of all.

A stirring epic of courage and survival against the odds, Watership Down has become a beloved classic for all ages. Both an exciting adventure story and an involving allegory about freedom, ethics, and human nature, it has delighted generations with its unique and charming world, winning many awards and being adapted to film, television, and theater.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Quite marvelous…A powerful new vision of the great chain of being.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Spellbinding…A taut tale of suspense, hot pursuit, and derring-do.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “If there is no place for Watership Down in children’s bookshops, then children’s literature is dead.”

    Economist (London)

  • “A classic…A great book.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • New York Times bestseller
  • Winner of the 1972 Carnegie Medal for Literature
  • Winner of the London Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Naching | 2/18/2014

    " One of the best books I've ever read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie | 2/16/2014

    " This is one of my most dearly loved memories of my childhood. Hidding under the covers as Grandma Libby read aloud from Watership down. I was so scared of that kingdom of rabbits, I never looked at my backyard the same.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nantz | 2/14/2014

    " wonderful allegory "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 2/3/2014

    " An incredibly engaging and unique story. The adult themes of leadership and survival somehow co-mingle with incredibly sweet and innocent moments of bunny-hood. It's no wonder this one's a classic. "

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

    " Love it, but seriously annoyed by the misogyny. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dilly | 1/30/2014

    " I read this book when I was 13 and then again two years ago. I loved it equally both times in my life. The characterisation of the rabbits is wonderful. The adventures are thrilling and you care and fear for their success in life. A warm and interesting book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheri | 12/29/2013

    " This is a great book. Read it long time ago so I think it's time to read it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 A.J. | 12/28/2013

    " One of my favorite books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 12/19/2013

    " I've read this book at least half a dozen times. One of my favorites. A legitimate classic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 12/16/2013

    " a tremendously interesting and entertaining tale, masterfully told. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Damien | 12/15/2013

    " Who thought that a book about bunnies would be so emotionally engaging? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Neal | 12/15/2013

    " Read ages ago, but always remembered I loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 12/11/2013

    " Another of my top 10. Page turner. Adams is both a great writer of prose and weaver of myth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Soubhi | 12/7/2013

    " One of my favorite books of all time!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 12/5/2013

    " It took me 30 years of owning this book to finally read it. It's wonderful and I didn't want it to end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob | 11/18/2013

    " Excellent story for all ages. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mercer | 10/1/2013

    " This is a great book! I only gave it 4 stars because it took me a while to get into it but it is defiantly worth reading. My favorite character was BigWig and I think that the way Richard Adams came up with this book is fantastic. GO BUNNIES!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dara | 6/12/2013

    " The beginning I thought was good, but by the 3rd rabbit 'adventure' I started to lose interest, probably about half way through. Oh well, it was a classic I have had on my list for a while so I'm happy to have read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dario | 2/16/2013

    " awsome reading "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shayne | 8/5/2012

    " Redwall meets Beatrix Potter. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 C | 6/3/2012

    " If you need a good cry, read this book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Perrin | 1/29/2012

    " It was an exciting book with a good mix of feeling, action, and adventure. It is quite difficult to get into, but if you get past the first few chapters it is incredible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aimee | 12/10/2011

    " wonderful story full of twists and mischief, just what I'd expect from rabbit;-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 8/2/2011

    " I loved this book. Such a good read with lots of suspense and clever rabbits. Now do I dare to give it to my rabbit-mad daughter? Love that a black Lab has a hand in the plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 7/16/2011

    " This was a very good book. A little bit long. Extremely thorough and life-like anthropomorhism made this book easy to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Googa | 6/28/2011

    " This was marketed as a children's novel. I still don't know why. Excellent novel, heavy adult themes. I am glad it ended on a happier note. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Georgiana | 4/13/2011

    " È stato bello ritornare sul Colle Watership, ma l'atmosfera non era più quella magica che si respirava nella Collina dei Conigli.
    Forse Dente di Leone, invecchiando, non è più bravo come un tempo a raccontare le leggende lapine... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raymond | 4/12/2011

    " Pretty much just random tales about the characters in Watership Down. Interesting read, but I don't recommend reading it without reading Watership Down first. "

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

    " expecting something a little different than what I got but still a good read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Peacegal | 12/17/2010

    " It’s not that this is a bad book. However, the bar was set so high by Watership Down that any follow-ups will be diminished in its shadow. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marcie | 9/20/2010

    " Not nearly as good as the original book, but there are a couple exceptional stories in this collection that make it worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abby | 8/25/2010

    " A nice way to supplement the original novel when you are dying to live just a little bit longer in this wonderful world. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Matt | 7/31/2010

    " This book was a letdown. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jake | 7/12/2010

    " Very bucolic and a refreshingly light read...considering it's about rabbits. However, I was surprised how much sociology permeated the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erika | 5/1/2010

    " We read this in grade school, and I loved it. "

About the Author

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

Peter Capaldi is a Scottish actor, director, and screenwriter. He has won two BAFTAs, two British Comedy Awards, an Oscar for directing the live-action short film Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life, and is the Twelfth Doctor of the long-running BBC program Dr. Who. Capaldi lives in London with his wife and daughter.