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One spring morning, Mole abandons his spring cleaning and surfaces into the sunlight and warm grass of a great meadow. Rambling busily along the hedgerows, he comes all at once to the edge of a river. Mole is entranced. Here on the river bank he meets the Water Rat.

Mole stays with the Water Rat in his snug waterside home where the river laps at the sill of the window and here he meets Ratty's friends: Badger who lives in the Wild Wood and the incorrigible Toad of Toad Hall.

A timeless tale of waterside Britain that has been loved by generations of children and acclaimed as a classic. The story of Mole, Ratty, Badger, and Toad and their escapades, whether messing about on the river or puttering about in Toad's shiny new car, cannot fail to enchant every listener.

Many of the original cast from Alan Bennett's acclaimed National Theatre production appear in this dramatization for BBC Radio 4, including Richard Briers as Rat, Adrian Scarborough as Mole, and Terence Rigby as Albert, with Alan Bennett as the narrator.

©1991 Alan Bennett (P)2006 AudioGO

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  • 2018-04-09

Too much taken out of the whole

Usually, I find BBC dramatizations to be the bee’s knees. And at other times, I’d simply rather keep to the unabridged version. The voice actors are all very good. The music too is very fine. It’s just how it all unfolds. For some reason, it didn’t work for me. I think I’ll look for a good narrator to read out the story in its entirety.