Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Watership Down by Richard Adams

Watership DownWatership Down by Richard Adams

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fleeing the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their ancestral home, a band of rabbits encounters harrowing trials posed by predators and hostile warrens — driven only by their vision to create a perfect society in a mysterious promised land known to them as Watership Down. First published in 1972 to world-wide rave reviews and now a modern classic, this is a powerful tale about the destructive impact of our society on nature — written in the same vein as Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit
I read this book a long time ago, so when I noticed it on Audible.com, I decided to give it a listen. I really enjoyed it. The narrator was very good and it had been long enough since I read the book that I didn't remember everything, so there were surprises. This is the story of a group of rabbits that get the inkling that something bad is going to happen to their warren. They decide to run away and find another place to live. Hazel, the unofficial Chief Rabbit, leads them across unfamiliar territory and proves to be an intelligent, resourceful and caring leader. They encounter several different groups of rabbits -- some that are complacent, some hutch rabbits, and some that are ruled with an iron fist...foot? Anyway, it was a very good book and a great audiobook. There were battles and lots of strategical planning. Just really really good. Not just a story about bunnies.

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