The Wind in the Willows (version 2)

Kenneth GRAHAME (1859 - 1932)

This much-loved story follows a group of animal friends in the English countryside as they pursue adventure ... and as adventure pursues them! The chief characters - Mole, Rat, and Toad - generally lead upbeat and happy lives, but their tales are leavened with moments of terror, homesickness, awe, madcap antics, and derring-do.

Although classed as children's literature, The Wind in the Willows holds a gentle fascination for adults too. The vocabulary is decidedly not "Dick and Jane", and a reader with a love of words will find new ones to treasure, even if well-equipped for the journey. Parents will appreciate the themes of loyalty, manners, self-restraint, and comradeship which are evident throughout the book. When the characters err, they are prompt to acknowlege it, and so a reading of this book can model good behavior to children, who will otherwise be enchanted with the many ways in which the lives of these bucolic characters differ from modern life.

This book was so successful that it enabled the author to retire from banking and take up a country life somewhat like that of his creations. It has been adapted for screen, stage, and even a ride at the original Disneyland.
(Summary by Mark F. Smith)

Genre(s): Animals & Nature

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 01 01 - The River Bank Mark F. Smith
00:29:55
Play 02 02 - The Open Road Mark F. Smith
00:29:35
Play 03 03 - The Wild Wood Mark F. Smith
00:29:56
Play 04 04 - Mr. Badger Mark F. Smith
00:30:56
Play 05 05 - Dolce Dolmum Mark F. Smith
00:38:00
Play 06 06 - Mr. Toad Mark F. Smith
00:32:15
Play 07 07 - The Piper at the Gates of Dawn Mark F. Smith
00:27:12
Play 08 08 - Toad's Adventures Mark F. Smith
00:33:31
Play 09 09 - Wayfarers All Mark F. Smith
00:43:41
Play 10 10 - The Further Adventures of Toad Mark F. Smith
00:39:54
Play 11 11 - 'Like Summer Tempests Came His Tears' Mark F. Smith
00:40:16
Play 12 12 - The Return of Ulysses Mark F. Smith
00:31:53