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Publisher's Summary

Narrated by Charlie Mackesy.

Brought to you by Penguin.

With music by Max Richter and Isobel Waller-Bridge. 

Discover the universal tale of four unlikely friends that has captured the hearts of listeners of all ages, now available in audio.

Experience the world of a curious boy, a greedy mole, a wary fox and a wise horse who find themselves together in sometimes difficult terrain, sharing their greatest fears and biggest discoveries about vulnerability, kindness, hope, friendship and love.

Charlie's words have brought comfort to many and have been shared online by those around the world, as well as on t-shirts for Comic Relief, on magazine covers, on street lampposts in lockdown, in school classrooms, local cafés and hospital ward walls. They've even been used as screensavers for NHS hospital computers in difficult times. 

The shared adventures and important conversations between the four friends are full of life lessons that have connected with listeners of all ages. 

Enjoy the journey of The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse brought to life in audio by its author and illustrator Charlie Mackesy, with a beautiful music score and the real wildlife sounds of rural England. 

©2020 Charlie Mackesy (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Charlie Mackesy's mesmerising debut combines the simplicity of The Giving Tree, magic of The Velveteen Rabbit and the curiosity of Paddington." (Elisabeth Egan, New York Times)

"This is one of my favourite books." (Dr Rangan Chatterjee)  

"Gorgeous." (Chris Evans)

What listeners say about The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

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Simply beautiful

Truly beautiful book and meaningful journey of trust ,friendships and hope , and Charlie you’re voice is so lovely with the beautiful calming music and animal , nature sounds I found this joyful to listen too

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Delightful

Such a precious story of the four friends (boy, mole, fox and horse). Gentle, without rush, the story goes. The sound of narrator/authors voice is soothing for the soul. I want to go buy the books and share it with everyone. So good ❤️

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Absolutely beautiful

It is an absolute stunning piece of work with so many, sincere life lessons to be learnt. Every human, no matter what age can learn something beautiful from this book. My heart is full of love for this book. Thank you Charlie.

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Amazing

My 10 yr old son and I listened to this book together and we were both blown away. It is beautiful and peaceful and good. Forever grateful.

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Beautiful


What a lovey imaginative story. I listened with my eyes closed and could see the four of them in their adventure. I will treasure this book and share as much as I can.
Thank you Charlie Mackesy

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Beautiful!

Such a beautiful story and one for every age. loved Charlie Mackesy's voice it suited the story perfectly.

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A beautiful story of life and love.

I can not say how many times I have listened to this beautiful book The Boy, The Mole, the Fox and the Horse. This is my go to book for whenever.
The story is read by the author and you literally go with him on the journey of these four dearest friends.
I don't quite know what it is, but this book always lifts my spirits. It is so true.
I am not a romance novel reader, but this book is full of love, friendship, companionship, understanding and acceptance. I have recommended this beautiful, beautiful book to so many people and although I listen to it I had to purchase a copy just to see the authors work and drawings.
This is one of the best books I have ever read.
Beautifully read by Charlie Mackesy, I love every second. Thank you from my heart.

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love this book is simple but profound, very funny

love this book as it reminds me of my wife a kind soul, afraid only of God and wise as the boy, the mole and the horse. I got to know her better by her choices of literature and her passion for sharing it with others.

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soothing

just keep going it is brilliant - liked the end half mainly as this is what resonated with me

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Profoundly moving

This book would say it doesn’t matter that I have got to the age I am and not read it. I will never be the person I was again before listening to the author read this extraordinary book.

And joy of joys, he tells the story (using his special prose - was it unscripted?) of the pages in the book which don’t actually have text.

As I age I find it harder to be moved so profoundly. Who can remember the exquisiteness of being handed each one of your babies? It’s like that, this book.

Artistic and spiritual.

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  • 23-05-2021

just amazing

love it so much, want to share it with all my friends xx thank you

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  • Letithia
  • 17-05-2021

Modern and refreshing perspective on life

Absolutely brilliant- best book I’ve ever had the honour of listening to. Suitable for young and old, really challenges thinking.

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  • Blanca de Hvidsten
  • 18-11-2020

Life within discovery and Kindness

What a lovely story I could pause at each sentence and breathe kindness inn and suffering out. Transforming in love and kindness!

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  • sue66
  • 08-01-2021

Outstanding & Unexpected Emotional Experience

I am 60 years old and have never, ever experienced such a moving, touching, sensory experience when listening to an audio book before - It was truly outstanding and totally unexpected.
Listening to Charlie Mackesy perform this much-loved book, enhancing the narration of the beautiful, heartfelt journey of the Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse exceeded all my expectations. The gentle description, the ethereal soundtrack and the unobtrusive sound effects of nature, all combined to enhance the emotional experience of listening to Charlie, whilst visually following his narration by viewing his lovely illustrations at the same time in my own copy of his delightful book.
It came upon me slowly, building as the story progressed, reaching into my heart, making me smile and at the end releasing such an unexpected rush of emotion - I am not ashamed to say that tears fell unchecked and that I sat quietly for a while revelling in the aftermath of the experience of this absolutely beautiful audiobook.
Thank you to Charlie and all contributors x (I would have liked to have given ten stars if possible!)

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  • 02-01-2021

Beautiful

Just listened to the most beautiful audio book ever. The author's narration was so captivating & sensitive. Sound effects brilliant too. I had never come across this book before but it will remain a favourite which I will recommend.

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  • 03-01-2021

A most beautiful book !!

I absolutely love the story & Charlie’s illustrations are fantastic. I didn’t think the package could be bettered until I heard Charlie’s soothing & sincere voice. The whole experience is nothing short of magical !! Thank you Charlie x

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  • Bouncer
  • 02-01-2021

Beautiful

The soft warming tones of Charlie with the music and background sound brings the book alive. This should be a gift everyone should receive at school, when sometimes you're very lost in the world. Thank you Charlie 🙏🏻

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-01-2021

Utterly profound and uplifting.

This book is a must for everyone, old and young, to understand why we are here and what is really important. The simplicity of the dialogue is ii's strength.
Just discovered it on Radio 4 extra and, as a Clinical Psychologist I intend to recommend it in therapy.The messages it gives are truly profound, and reinforces many well established psychological truths.
The story reading and the choice of accompanying music makes it delightful listening for all ages to support life's journey.

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  • Mrs L Harrison
  • 03-01-2021

My favourite book

I love how Charlie brings the book to life in this audiobook. A perfect book!

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  • Amado Morales
  • 01-01-2021

I almost cried

The most beautiful audiobook I heard this year (1st January 2021). It talks about vulnerability and love ❤️

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-01-2021

Beautiful

Beautifully read by Charlie and beautiful music by Max Richter...a perfect combination. A very emotive story made even more emotive by the music.

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  • S. K. North
  • 31-12-2020

Beautiful inside and out.

Profound wisdom woven into magical landscape and loving friends.
Beautifully narrated by the author.





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  • Leonie Mouricette
  • 31-12-2020

Beautiful story

Loved it so beautifully told keeps you in touch at all times. A new favourite of mine to end 2020 on.

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