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Publisher's Summary

Discover the universal tale 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.

“A surprise bestseller about kindness and vulnerability is bringing people together.” (Washington Post)

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” asked the mole.

“Kind,” said the boy.

Charlie Mackesy offers inspiration and hope in uncertain times in this beautiful audiobook, following the tale 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. The shared adventures and important conversations between the four friends are full of life lessons that have connected with audiences of all ages. 

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

©2019 Charlie Mackesy (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

What the critics say

“The world that I am required to inhabit is this one. But the world that I long to inhabit is the one that Charlie Mackesy has created - a world of infinite kindness, wisdom, mutual care and tenderness, and true love between real friends.” (Elizabeth Gilbert, New York Times best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love and Big Magic

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

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Wow!

I loved listening to this beautiful story about love, friendship and more....so many good qualities we all need to embrace. The narration was fantastic and made me feel like I was right in the story.

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An inspiration

Love every minute of it. It really does help you see the amazing illustrations in your mind.

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should be read by everyone

loved it! I plan on buying the hard copy for my son and his family.

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Lovely

What a lovely little story. I am glad I treated myself to this one. Fantastic narration, music and nature sounds.

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Beauty And Art

What a wondering creation this is. Thank you Charlie for sharing with the world. There is endless love in the world 🙏🏼

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Beautiful!

This is the best audiobook I’ve ever listened to! Incredibly entertaining & so beautiful 💕 I’ll be listening again!

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Such a treasure

Do yourself a treat, buy the book and follow along as Charlie narrates his magnificent book. This is more than a journey through words, music and art, the voyage is touching and real.

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  • 2020-12-13

Awesome

Probably the best thing that I have read in years. You had better have your hanky handy!

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  • dinxdeb
  • 2020-11-15

calm and truth

My new favorite book read by its author, Charlie Mackesy, who has such a calming voice. His reading of the book gives more insight to the characters and their actions.

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  • Sarah
  • 2020-12-15

Simple and Profound

The simple story makes for a profound impact on the heart and mind. Only 1 hour to listen but a lifetime to think about!

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  • Terese Mascotti
  • 2020-11-29

Story for our time

Inspired and meaningful. Simply stated and told with all the heart and wisdom we need to navigate today’s world. I was completely moved!

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  • aPerson
  • 2020-11-12

Beautiful

There are precious few pure souls in the world, and Charlie Mackesy is one.
Filled with timeless wisdom and beautiful illustrations, 'The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse' is a wonderful book for young and old alike. Charlie does an amazing job not only reading the text, but describing his illustrations as well. One really does feel as though they are alongside the boy and his friends.

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  • Shweta Kabra
  • 2020-12-26

very wise....loved it

not only the book is beautiful but the appropriate sound effects made it a treat to the ears....just like "a cake" described by the mole :)

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  • ElizabettaB
  • 2020-12-25

Wonderful story!

Thank you for this wonderful story. I was alone on Christmas morning with my horses and we all loved it! What a beautiful gift you have given to us with these sweet friends. Now let’s have some cake!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-12-24

Peace with one's self.

Makes one slow down and listen to your heart and know your loved. Plus once in awhile enjoy some cake!

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  • Danielle R. Laurion
  • 2020-12-24

Absolute work of art, philosophy and God!

The Boy, The Mole, the Fox and the Horse. Just letting the title drip from my lips soothes my entire Spirit from the top of my head to the tips of my tingly toes. This book is an absolute blessing. This Audio version of the book is a stand alone from the book. Both a must have experience. But this performance is absolutely perfect A modern day fable to teach us the simple truth of the meaning of life! So simple so beautiful and so just right. Thank you for this book! I love you!

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  • Ellen Colehower
  • 2020-12-23

Thank You !!!

Thank you so much for bringing this magical story to life! I share it with everyone I love 💜

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  • filidhruadh
  • 2021-05-31

Beautifully narrated

Such a lovely story, beautifully presented and narrated by the author with an excellent soundtrack