Narrator: Chris MacDonnell
Published by Spoken Realms on 5 May 2017
Length: 6 hrs and 55 mins
Genres: Action & Adventure, Humor, Young Adult
Source: Narrator, Submitted
This quintessentially English novel is considered by many to be a masterpiece of storytelling. Set for the most part on a riverbank in rural England, against a backdrop of social, agricultural, and industrial change typical of the early 20th century, Kenneth Grahame's portrayal of the anthropomorphic characters (which include Mole, Ratty, Badger, Otter, and, of course, the incorrigible Mr. Toad) is imaginative, lyrical, and without doubt uniquely humorous. Above all, in this work, the writer strikes a deep and resonant chord of human emotions. There are other audio versions of The Wind in the Willows; however, this rendering brings a fresh, clear, and enthusiastic narration inspired by a lifelong affection for the book.
Public Domain (P)2017 Chris Guy Randal MacDonnell
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This is a remarkable rendition that took me back to my childhood! I was so pleased to listen as I had not opened this book in many, many years! So excited, I instantly purchased the gorgeous hardback version for one of my nieces as well.
The book itself is quite lyrical and the narration from Chris MacDonnell adds to that beautifully. His voice is soothing and added such a wonderful calm to the listen, even though there is quite a lot going on in this story. Which is quite a feat considering I was constantly reminded of the old Walt Disney World ride where the rider crashed and thrashed the rider around!
The story does have a moral to it but much like stories that are similar in tale, the ant, and the grasshopper, for instance, this is a longer, lovelier version. But still, the message is there! The anthropomorphism of the animals is so well done that it’s easy to forget that this is a tale about animals. The creative way to characterize each makes them stand out on their own.
I found this to be a rather cozy tale that I was surprised I did not remember much about. There is not always too much going on, and the story drifts here and there, so I sometimes found myself thinking of something else while listening. The characterization is fabulous, however, the world building was a bit less so. It was difficult to see where they were and why. I think for children, this story would mean more, as I know it did for me, but re-reading as an adult made it a bit less appealing. Also, lately I’ve just been that way with classics, they either capture me fully or they seem mediocre.
I did not remember there being slight cursing in this! Just beware of families out there that want to watch language for little ones. It is not a huge deal in the reading but maybe if there are younger children listening.
Still, even as it did not completely work for me, as an adult, I realize the fun and fantastical story this still is. Very happy I was able to listen to this fantastic narrator!