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The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
By: (1859-1932)

Kenneth Grahame wrote a classic children’s tale in 1908 - he penned The Wind in the Willows. He wrote of the English countryside and the beauty of it, but more than that, he showed how even the most commonplace can be extraordinary and rare. Wind in the Willows is a tale of friendship, of adventure, of foolishness and wisdom, of travel and change as well as peace and predictability; but most of all, it is a story of friendship - friendship that crosses species, ages, and professions. We all could do far worse than remember in this changing world that what changes least is that which is most true. (Summary by Arthur Piantadosi)

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THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS By Kenneth Grahame Author Of "The Golden Age," "Dream Days," Etc. CONTENTS CHAPTER I. THE RIVER BANK II. THE OPEN ROAD III. THE WILD WOOD IV. MR. BADGER V. DULCE DOMUM VI. MR. TOAD VII. THE PIPER AT THE GATES OF DAWN VIII. TOAD'S ADVENTURES IX. WAYFARERS ALL X. THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF TOAD XI. "LIKE SUMMER TEMPESTS CAME HIS TEARS" XII. THE RETURN OF ULYSSES I. THE RIVER BANK The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring cleaning his little home. First with brooms, then with dusters; then on ladders and steps and chairs, with a brush and a pail of whitewash; till he had dust in his throat and eyes, and splashes of whitewash all over his black fur, and an aching back and weary arms. Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him, penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with its spirit of divine discontent and longing. It was small wonder, then, that he suddenly flung down his brush on the floor, said 'Bother!' and 'O blow!' and also 'Hang spring cleaning!' and bolted out of the house without even waiting to put on his coat... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 3 Stars - 10 reviews)

Reviewer: - April 7, 2014
I think this would be a great story had a native British person read it. While the accent is appropriate, and an attempt at voices is appreciated, this reader is simply horrific at annunciating words to the point that at points it is impossible to understand if you are not reading along. Please someone re-record this book. I think it is a good story, but the reader does the text a real disservice!
Reviewer: - February 28, 2014
Subject: The Wind in the Willows
Couldn't handle the fake accent.
Reviewer: - February 17, 2014
Subject: Difficult to follow
Wish I had bothered to read the reviews. The narration is very up-and-down as a rule, with little attention to content. The accent is hard to follow. I miss about half of the words and am not drawn in at all. It's not the best. Props to the guy for reading the whole book out loud, but I can't finish this.
Reviewer: - January 31, 2014
Subject: Good intention..
I too was looking forward to listening to this... But I found the accent very distracting.
October 28, 2013
Subject: Re-record
I was so excited to listen to this...I really think someone else should re-record this audio file without the accents. It is almost impossible to understand what he is saying...
Reviewer: - September 20, 2013
Good story. TERRIBLE narration. If this story had just been read normally without the fake accent, it would have been great.
Reviewer: - September 13, 2013
I was so looking forward to listening to this one. Totally ruined by the narrators horrific accent.
August 20, 2013
Subject: Wind and the Willows
Too heavy on the Fake British accents. So strong that it was difficult to understand! Classic tale ruined by obnoxious reader!
July 18, 2013
Ugh! WHY do readers try to do accents? I could only listen for a few minutes. Horrible.
June 8, 2013
A classic English tale that is ruined within the first minute by an American trying to put on what he ultimately considers to be an English accent. Sorry, it just doesn't work.

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