Watership Down Audio CD – Audiobook, 1 Jun 2010
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Despite the fact that it's often a hard sell at first (what teenager wouldn't cringe at the thought of 400-plus pages of talking rabbits?), Richard Adams' bunny-centric epic rarely fails to win the love and respect of anyone who reads it, regardless of age. Like most great novels, Watership Down is a rich story that can be read (and reread) on many different levels. The book is often praised as an allegory, with its analogues between human and rabbit culture (a fact sometimes used to goad skeptical teens, who resent the challenge that they won't "get" it, into reading it), but it's equally praiseworthy as just a corking good adventure.
The story follows a warren of Berkshire rabbits fleeing the destruction of their home by a land developer. As they search for a safe haven, skirting danger at every turn, we become acquainted with the band and its compelling culture and mythos. Adams has crafted a touching, involving world in the dirt and scrub of the English countryside, complete with its own folk history and language (the book comes with a "lapine" glossary, a guide to rabbitese). As much about freedom, ethics and human nature as it is about a bunch of bunnies looking for a warm hidey-hole and some mates, Watership Down will continue to make the transition from classroom desk to bedside table for many generations to come. --Paul Hughes --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Exquisite… a treasured keepsake for those whose original version has become tattered, and a delightful introduction to a new generation(The View magazine)
'This new edition is quite spectacular'(Bill Heine, BBC Radio Oxford)
‘Watership Down is stunning, compulsive reading.’(Sunday Times)
'A great book. A whole world is created, perfectly real in itself, yet constituting a deep incidental comment on human affairs.'(Guardian)
‘This beautifully written and intensely moving story is the work of an extraordinary imagination.’(Sunday Telegraph)
‘An impressive, immensely readable story, held together over 400 pages by a powerful imagination that soon forbids disbelief.’(New Statesman)
'A gripping story of rebellion in a rabbit warren and the subsequent adventures of the rebels. Adams has a poetic eye and a gift for storytelling which will speak to readers of all ages for many years to come.'(Sunday Times)
'A masterpiece. The best story about wild animals since The Wind in the Willows. Very funny, exciting, often moving.'(Evening Standard)
‘This lovely, lovely novel will join those classics which preserve the simpler joys... and there is the wonder of the English countryside, seen with the ground-level detail of a rabbit’s eye and ear and nose, the scent and savour of short, sweet grass, the aromatic tiny wild plants, their names used like charms.’(Monica Dickens)
‘Quite marvelous... A powerful new vision of the great chain of being.’(New York Times Book Review)
‘A classic... A great book.’(Los Angeles Times)
‘Spellbinding...Marvelous...A taut tale of suspense, hot pursuit and derring-do.’(Chicago Tribune) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition. See all Product Description
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The title about says it all. I have cried at this book more often than I can remember; I get a shiver up my spine just hearing those opening words. I currently have four copies of the book, in varying states of disrepair, and on VHS video and DVD. There is just no other book like it. I apologise for the bad writing of this review, but it is impossible to be even slightly objective about something which has affected you so much growing up. By the age of 12 or 13, I had already read it numerous times.
Adams' simply gorgeous description of the countryside and the true beauty of the world is fantastically balanced with the grim and evil reality the humans bring to the world of the rabbits. I cannot quite place why I love this book, it is just something which exists so perfectly in your soul. If you are sitting on a crowded commuter train, or you are on the eve of a fated deadline, or more down in the dumps than you have ever been, you can pick up Watership Down and immediately escape into a world where the only things that matter are survival and the bonds you make with close friends going through traumatic and dangerous experiences. These rabbits do not know of human "troubles", and this is what makes this story so appealing: the INNOCENCE of it all. The pure pleasure of not caring.
The film has much the same effect, however I do feel it focuses on a different part of the story. The portrayal of Fiver's troubled mind is often chilling, and I would not recommend the film for very young children (as I know it scared me when I was younger!).Read more ›
I couldn't agree more with the reviewer who talked about the goosebumps he feels every times he reads the opening lines "The primroses were over." The whole book is truely sensational and a classic for a reason.
An amazing, emotive, and beatifully written read. I am now 23, still a fan of blood, gore and all things violent and it's still, by quite a long way, my favourite book - the only close contenders being the Dark Materials Trilogy.
Kudos to your genius, Richard Adams, for making a "book about rabbits" one of the all time greats
As someone who usually mainly reads crime fiction and horror (and have also never seen the movie adaption), I never thought that I'd enjoy a book about a bunch of rabbits but after a strong recommendation from my girlfriend, I gave this a try and once I started it I couldn't put it down. Immediately I fell in love with Hazel, Fiver, Bigwig, Pipkin, Dandelion, Speedwell, Blackberry, Silver, Buckthorn, Holly, Bluebell and Strawberry. Each and everyone of them has their individual characteristics and I found that I actually cared quite a lot what happened to them, and got quite emotional at certain points in the story.
Although this dubbed a children's novel, I found it to be quite complex at times and also quite gruesome and horrifying in parts, which I could imagine may be quite disturbing for younger readers.Read more ›
The book opens at Sandleford Warren in May, with Hazel, a yearling, and his brother, Fiver, feeding at sunset. Although brothers, the pair are very different. Fiver was the runt of the litter and, as a result, is a lot smaller and much more nervous than his brother. He is, however, also something of a seer and - not long after the book opens - foresees the destruction of their home warren. The pair bring the prophecy to the Threarah, their chief rabbit - who, despite Fiver's success rate, refuses to accept it. The brothers decide to leave anyhow, and mean to bring whoever wishes to come along with them. A number of others join them, including two Owsla members : Silver, a nephew of the Threarah, and Bigwig. Although they have little idea of where they're going, Fiver knows what they should be looking for and have an excellent leader in Hazel.
This book has so much going for it, it's hard to write a review that will do it justice. Bigwig was a great character - an all-action rabbit (yes, really !!) whose name comes from the strange tuft of hair between his ears. However, he's not the only star. Other notable characters include General Woundwort, the leader of another warren and the baddest rabbit in England. (A vicious character, he'd leave your average bunny-boiler with badly burnt fingers and causes our heroes a great deal of trouble).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brilliant book always loved it as a child, my copy is so old version and very well read I bought my niece her own copy and she loves it, a classic.Published 9 days ago by Lisa
One of the great works of its kind.
Hauntingly captivating from beginning to end.
This book was amazing!! I was reluctant to read at first but when I got into it I couldn't stop reading. A great read for all ages. Read morePublished 1 month ago by K.H.
Couldn't help myself I had to read the 1 stars and they didn't disappoint. A Star Wars rip off. Rofl check the date the book was first published not the kindle edition. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Andrew Carr