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The Wind In The Willows [Pure DSD]

Bob Attiyeh

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Original Recording Format: DSD 256
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The First DSD Audiobook!

The Wind In The Willows is a classic children’s story written by Kenneth Grahame.  On this DSD album, the book is read in its entirety by Yarlung’s Bob Attiyeh.  The audiobook (spoken word) lasts over 5 hours. It was recorded in Stereo DSD 256 and is being released by NativeDSD in Pure DSD.  Due to the length of the recording, this will be a DSD Download with exceptionally large files (the Stereo DSD 256 edition of the album is 51.4 GB in size).

NativeDSD hopes that you will enjoy listening to this first-ever DSD audiobook recording!


The Wind in the Willows

Reading, hearing, and rereading Kenneth Grahame’s Wind in the Willows has been a principal joy for me since my mother first read this book to me when I was four years old. We still have that hardcover edition. I was the same age as Kenneth Grahame’s son when his father first created Mole, Rat, Badger and Toad, and told him these bedtime stories. I dedicate this audio book to my sweet mother, Linda, who introduced her children to great literature, including Wind in the Willows.

Kenneth Grahame first published Wind in the Willows in 1908. Our world looked very different in 1908. Argentina opened Teatro Colon in that year, the “finest opera house in the world,” to which Caruso, and later Callas would travel during the “summer season.” World War I was not yet on the horizon, or barely. We nostalgically portray the Edwardian period romantically. And indeed, Grahame captures this golden age of long summer afternoons and garden parties among the scenes and seasons of his precious novel. (keep reading in the booklet..)

Yarlung recorded this book in the Arian Jansen studio, using the Hapi by Merging Technologies, and Pyramix software recording in DSD 256.

This is overkill for sure, for an audio book. Toad would have been proud of me. I thank my friend Mike Rosell for the album cover and artwork. Rosell pays homage to the great characters depicted by Ernest H. Shepard in the 1931 edition of the book published by Methuen & Co. Ltd. London. Mike too grew up with Mole and Ratty and Toad. He joins me in saluting them.

— Bob Attiyeh, Narrator & Producer, Yarlung Artists


Please note that the below previews are loaded as 44.1 kHz / 16 bit.
The River Bank
The Open Road
The Wild Wood
Mr. Badger
Dulce Domum
Mr. Toad
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
Toad’s Adventures
Wayfarers All
The Further Adventures of Toad
Like Summer Tempests Came His Tears
The Return of Ulysses

Total time: 05:22:04

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Analog to Digital Converter

Hapi, Merging Technologies at DSD 256

Executive Producer

Mike Rosell


Bob Attiyeh

Original Recording Format


Bob Attiyeh

Recording Engineer

Cliff Harris

Recording Location

Recorded Live to Stereo DSD 256 in the Arian Jansen Studio on August 4-18, 2021

Recording Software

Pyramix, Merging Technologies

Release DateJanuary 21, 2022

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What a wonderful, over-the-top, project. Yes, Toad would be proud.

I grew up with The Wind in the Willows and now have the perfect way to share it with my grandchildren, ages 7 and 9. They’ve listened thus far to Bob Attiyeh’s delightful reading of Chapter 1: The River Bank and Chapter 2: The Open Road. And they can’t wait for more.

Recorded very simply to DSD 256, Bob’s quiet articulate voice takes us on the marvelous adventures created by Kenneth Grahame in the 1908 first publication of these stories. Bob’s narration is simple and direct, without any effort to emulate voices made up for the characters—no, he just reads the story with nice pacing and good inflection, pausing appropriately for dramatic effect. But otherwise, no hyperbolic shenanigans. Thank you, Bob!

And thus brought to life are the characters we’ve known for so many years: Mole, Rat, Badger, and Toad.

Nicely done, Bob Attiyeh. Thank you for this gift.


1 review for The Wind In The Willows [Pure DSD]

    What a wonderful, over-the-top, project. Yes, Toad would be proud. I grew up with The Wind in the Willows and now have the perfect way to share it with my grandchildren. They’ve listened thus far to Bob’s delightful reading of The River Bank and The Open Road and can’t wait for more. I’m doling it out in short listening sessions, just as I got to know it.

    Rushton Paul

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