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  • Written by: Charlie Mackesy
  • Narrated by: Charlie Mackesy
  • Length: 58 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (126 ratings)

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The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse

Written by: Charlie Mackesy
Narrated by: Charlie Mackesy
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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 listeners 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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Filled my heart

My heart bursts with warmth every time I listen… this is and will for ever be one of my favourites! I hope you find your way to, in and through #theboythemolethefoxandthehorse.

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Loved the whole story

started by seeing parts of the video, loved the narration and the writer's process. what a great book for all ages

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beautiful story for everyone!

great story for all ages. Inspiring, loved, moving, captivating, heartfelt, well versed. Thank you

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Amazing

It’s become my favourite book. It’s up there with The Little Red Hen and The Red Tent.

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Just amazing!

An asset for everyone who reads it. So powerful and meaningful. Thank you Charlie for making the world a better place! Enjoyed every second of it!

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Beautiful

This book is highly recommended to everyone who can listen or read it.

Beautiful message for life in general and a perfect reminder to everyone. ❤️

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A Deceptively Simple, Beautifully Insightful Fable

I have listened repeatedly to this powerful, heartwarming tale. It always inspires me to be more gentle, more kind, more compassionate, and more open to life. I have also read and enjoyed the book, but I particularly appreciated the listening experience. Charlie Mackesy's voice is as soothing as his philosophical fable is wise, and the music and sound affects compliment the story beautifully. This is a book to awaken the child in us all, and to evoke the wisdom we aspire to have as adults. Thank you Charlie for creating this work of genius.

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  • 2022-05-29

Different, but fun.

Good short story book to pass the time.
Story theme would be love I guess.

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This book is a form of meditation

White Noise , calming voice , wise words , a fairy tale and the lesson for the life.

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  • Lady in the Pink House
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Brian Shepherd
  • 2022-05-12

Kids Book

This is a cute little book with life lessons that are cheesy to anyone but children.

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  • the mothership
  • 2021-02-20

Sweet. Too sweet for me. Also slow.

I am definitely in the minority here, but although I like the ideas and theme of this book (unconditional love, acceptance, friendship) it wasn't my cup of tea. A very sweet story that I bought because staff at my place of employment were all reading it at the same time. This is a story to touch the heart, but I guess I read to engage my head. Also, I had to change the speed to 1.25 for it to feel like a regular person talking.

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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