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Richard Adams, the author of Watership Down, creates a lyrical and engrossing tale, a remarkable journey into the hearts and minds of two canine heroes, Snitter and Rowf. After being horribly mistreated at a government animal-research facility, Snitter and Rowf escape into the isolation - and terror - of the wilderness. Aided only by a fox they call "the tod", the two dogs must struggle to survive in their new environment. When the starving dogs attack some sheep, they are labeled ferocious, man-eating monsters, setting off a great dog hunt that is later intensified by the fear that the dogs could be carriers of the bubonic plague.

©1977 Richard Adams (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • petter
  • 22-08-2019

Must read

You have to listen to this book! So sad, yet so beautiful. Really inspiring. PS. Animal testing is the sickest thing in the world. I really felt sick to my stomach when they talked about the poor monkey in this book, who was part of the social isolating test. 45 days in isolation...

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  • MrC
  • 26-05-2020

Great Story, but...

This is a fantastic story, which I read quite a few years ago. So I thought okay I'll get the audio version and listen to it in bed, as I do with most Audible books. Sorry to say that Ralph Cosham's reading is monotonal, dull and tedious. To me it just lacks impact. It is simply read, not performed as in the likes of Jim Dale, who is simply excellent.

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  • "haddockboy"
  • 27-07-2021

Worth staying to the end .

Very satisfying ending . Thought provoking and definitely better than Shardik ! . Good performance but the quality of sound would change every so often . Didn’t ruin it in anyway but just not quite perfect.

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  • danny
  • 15-07-2021

Thank you, Mr Scott..that was the right ending.

Fabulous satire, heartfelt simple style, just sentimental enough, patchy narrating characterisations yet still effective.

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  • ArthurT
  • 23-02-2021

An Excellent Classic!

After Watership Down I remember watching the animated version of this as a child, it was always a story that stayed with me so I was pleased to see the Audio version.
brilliant listen, not the lightest of subjects and dark in places but excellently written and narrated.
A bit like Watership Down...if it's fluffy bunnies and all happy tales, this might not be for everyone.

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  • Sam Gregory
  • 23-01-2021

A tide of emotion

One of the saddest books I've ever listened to. A battleship of emotion. I am now going to watch the film to see how it compares. It was a wonderful story. I loved every minute.

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  • Michaela Jane Atkinson
  • 19-01-2021

the great reading of the life of the plague dogs

loved this story, it was told in such a way as to carry me into the life of Ralph and Snitter and their adventure. Ralph Cosham is a superb narrator with the ability of bringing words to life. Thank you to all that brought this story to life and continue to bring joy to many people.

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  • 匿名
  • 15-03-2020

Great story, perhaps longer than it needed to be

A lovely (if sometimes a bit bleak!) story, well narrated. Some stretches would have benefitted from more ruthless editing.

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  • Sarah Davies
  • 05-07-2019

Outstanding - what lessons contained within

I'd wanted to revisit this book for some time as it was one of my late Dad's favourites from childhood and provoked a lifelong love of the lake district.

By the end I was in tears as it is such a beautiful book as many of Richard Adams' are.

There are so many lessons we should have learned from books like this in the last decades and much like Lord of the Flies is one that should be revisited as a timely reminder bot to follow the herd, to think independently, to find our own center of what is right .... and then act on it! I can't recommend it enough, whether simply reading for pleasure or for its still relevant analogies to the current craziness in this world.

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  • Sheena
  • 14-12-2016

A must, particularly if you like dogs

Wow, what a story. Wonderfully narrated, the characters of Snitter and Ralph are brought to life with Adams' amazing descriptive talent. I didn't want it to end and willed the dogs on throughout. A must read/listen.

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