Watership Down by Richard Adams audiobook

Watership Down

By Richard Adams
Read by Peter Capaldi

Blackstone Publishing 9780743277709
17.51 Hours Unabridged
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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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Summary

Summary

New York Times bestseller

Winner of the 1972 Carnegie Medal for Literature

Winner of the London Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize

A 2020 Audie Award Finalist for Best Male Narration

Nominated for a 2019 Voice Arts Award

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“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.” The Economist (London)
“A classic…A great book.” Los Angeles Times
“Veteran character actor Peter Capaldi is the perfect choice to narrate Blackstone Audio’s new version of Watership Down…His crisp, woolly rasp confides with a homey, avuncular quality, capturing the wonder in Adams’s rich descriptions of the English countryside in a way that recaptures the intimacy of being read to as a child. He ably handles the exotic, wuffy-fluffy Lapine vocabulary of the rabbits…and the whole cast with skill reminiscent of Jim Dale’s legendary Harry Potter recordings. This is pure audiobook magic for any age.” Seattle Times (audio review)
“Narrator Peter Capaldi’s resonant voice is perfect for this rerelease of Adams’s 1972 epic. Besides his natural Scottish accent, Capaldi crafts more than twenty distinctive voices for this story…Capaldi’s pacing is dynamic. His narration of lush descriptive passage of the English countryside is unhurried and soothing, while depictions of battles with rival rabbits and predators bring out all the danger and terror. Capaldi delivers a riveting version of this wonderful classic. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile

Reviews

Reviews

by Odin 10/25/2019
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A triumph of spoken art.

As read by Peter Capaldi, this classic of classics is a refreshing break from the reality of our everyday lives, what with all the negativity that seems to just get worse. In Watership Down, we are given many uplifting adult lessons by this group of bunnies trying to find peace and some solace from their doomed habitat and venture into the unknown. With so many allegorical messages, along with the charm that Mr. Adams fuses into an epic that entertains both children and adults, one can’t help but wish there were more listening opportunities like this. If you’re familiar with the story, treat yourself to a 3-D version of it as Mr. Capaldi keeps a smile on your face for the many hours of the adventure. Highly recommended.

Author

Author Bio: Richard Adams

Author Bio: Richard Adams

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.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 17.51
Audience: Children (8–12)
Language: English