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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (11,932 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rudyard Kipling Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: Craig Black Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2009 ISBN: 9781455194643
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Kimball O’Hara is an Irish orphan, but he runs free in the streets of India. As a boy, he shows self-reliance and resourcefulness, running errands for Mahbub Ali, who works for the British Secret Service. Kim also meets a Tibetan lama who is on a quest to be freed from the Wheel of Life and becomes his disciple. Together they have wonderful adventures on the exotically colorful Grand Trunk Road through the Indian countryside. Then Kim is pulled into the great game of British imperial espionage and becomes a member of the Secret Service, even capturing documents from the enemy spies. Yet Kim is greatly attached to the lama and begins to feel the conflicting pulls between a life of contemplation and one of action.

Kiplilng’s love for India and its people is evidient throughout this classic story, and its images and characters will stay with you long after you finish the final chapter.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The book is noteworthy for its nostalgic, colorful depiction of Indian culture, especially the diverse exotica of street life.”

    Merriam Webster’s Encyclopedia of Literature

  • “Mr. Kipling’s last work is, to my mind, his best, and not easily comparable with the work of any other man.”

    Atlantic

  • “The finest novel in the English language with an Indian theme, but also one of the greatest of English novels in spite of the theme.”

    Nirad C. Chaudhuri, author and cultural commentator

  • “Masterful.”

    Boston Globe

  • “[Kipling] chronicled the poorest of Irish orphans…forced to choose between playing the ‘Great Game’ involving the contending imperial powers Britain and Russia and the teachings of a Buddhist lama—as fine a portrait of ethnic and religious crosscurrents and multiculturalism as there is.”

    Los Angeles Times

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anita Williamson | 2/12/2014

    " I cannot express how much I hated this book. I finished only because it was on my list to finish. I REALLY didn't like this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Quinn | 2/3/2014

    " I love Rudyard Kipling so this was the most unimpressive thing of his I've read so far. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Catherine Woodman | 2/1/2014

    " Wow, I really did not like this book, set in India at the end of the ninteenth century, focused on a white boy, abandoned by his soldier father, and left to cope in the racist classist world of British occupied India. Not only were the attitudes hard to take, the attention to detail of regimentary life was tedious rather than illuminating--if very well written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexander | 1/10/2014

    " Kim is the most well crafted and beautifully written book of Kipling's. The story of a street wise teenage boy who grows up and matures as he journeys through colonial India with a humble and earnest older monk. Both characters grow through the other. It is simply brilliant and a simple story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Coalbanks | 12/26/2013

    " Read it when I was a kid about the age of Kim. Thought it was the greatest adventure going, as good as Huck Finn & Tom Sawyer rafting down the Mississippi. Both opened me up somewhat to cultures other than the North American Prairie small town/farm culture which was all that I knew then and about all I know today. For all the faults of Kipling & Twain (both real & those claimed by the PC brigades) their writings have a lot to offer if you are willing to read & try to understand the time/place & background of the authors & their readers & to get beyond the prejudices & bigotries of the day to the essential stories/values beneath the now politically incorrect terminology & values that are not the whole of the story. Loyalty, self-confidence, friendship, willingness to accept others differant than you - these are all there - as much as the racism, bigotry, elitism - if you care to look for them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mad_Maudie | 12/14/2013

    " I love Kim, both the novel and the character. Kipling knows how to make his characters come alive. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jed | 12/13/2013

    " Another picaresque, coming-of-age tale with a plot so contrived as to be laughable & with wonderful, memorable secondary characters. A fun read; but don't take it seriously. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marte Patel | 12/6/2013

    " Despite the difficult language, I did enjoy parts of this tale of adventure, spying and mischief, especially Kipling's descriptions of the Grand Trunk Road and the Himalayas. It only gets two stars from me because it felt a bit like a chore picking up this book, and I had to read it really slowly, frequently re-reading paragraphs. Recommended if you like or are used to reading classics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 William Jones | 12/6/2013

    " Wonderful,Amazing,what more can I say? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Eric Weisenhorn | 11/28/2013

    " I read this book after having seen it listed as a classic that should be read by all. I found this book to be a miserable account of a 19th century British orphan in colonial India and his trek across the country with a holy man. This was my first Kipling read. I found it extremely tedious with countless Indian locals, rivers, villages, tribes, etc. This quickly becomes a book of "blah, blah, blah" unless you like the challenge of Urdu and Hindu names and places. I kept waiting for something meaningful to occur but found myself at the end of the book wondering from where all the accolaids came. Quite frankly, I thought this book was a big waste of time. I know, I know, I have no literary taste. I'm willing to try another Kipling before I give up on him all together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monika | 11/27/2013

    " This book is very special to me. My Grandmother named my father after the main character after reading it. It was a little difficult to get used to the writing style at first, but I enjoyed the story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Anita Williamson | 11/23/2013

    " I cannot express how much I hated this book. I finished only because it was on my list to finish. I REALLY didn't like this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eduardo Estrada | 11/22/2013

    " Beautiful story with lots of teachings from the ancient Tibet, amazing description of Ancient India. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 11/16/2013

    " I had a bit of trouble focusing, especially at the beginning of the book because of the language style. It picked up around page 75 or so. The ending was a bit anticlimactic, but the book itself was fantastic and hilarious. I don't really understand how Kipling is portrayed today as an imperial jingoist - if anything, he has far more of a "people are people" approach than anyone I've read of his era and probably most contemporary writers. The gist of everything is that people are people and India is fantastically interesting and full of all sorts who get along, or not, but above all else have a lot to offer with myriad experiences so fascinating it would be a disrespectful disservice to try and simplify anything. I also liked the way he used language as part of the different identities, which is often overlooked as part of a way to make a book more "readable." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Monika | 11/4/2013

    " This book is very special to me. My Grandmother named my father after the main character after reading it. It was a little difficult to get used to the writing style at first, but I enjoyed the story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 debbie | 9/27/2013

    " Not a good book to read on your commmute. I felt like I was constantly looking up the footnotes in the back, however there was some intrigue and a journey with a llama. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne Hawn Smith | 9/10/2013

    " Jacob read this for homeschool, but not Addie. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angela | 8/29/2013

    " Entertaining but I basically read it for school. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie Mason | 8/24/2013

    " Not an easy read. Kim is an interesting character, way too smart at times, yet simple and innocent in many ways. It probably would have been more enjoyable if I knew anything about India and its history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deborah Ideiosepius | 8/10/2013

    " One of my all time favourite books. The story is so vivid that I seem to be able to see hear and smell the story as I read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Glorious.Clio | 4/27/2013

    " I read it for a class. It was okay. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brent | 12/6/2012

    " Delightful! I enjoyed this very much--not as dense and descriptive as some books of the era, but lovely writing, an interesting story, and the aftertaste that i wish i could live in India of that time--at least just for a bit. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy Bell | 6/21/2012

    " If it wasn't for the wonderful footnotes, I don't think I would have gotten through it all. While reading it, I felt like I was in a dream. I loved the Kim character. I'm sure I missed something. Can anyone enlighten me on reason why this book is so great? Thanks! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy Moffett | 5/18/2012

    " I enjoyed Kim very much. Kipling describes India with loving appreciation for the various cultures found there. This is no condescending British tale, but one full of insight towards the lama, the sahibs and even the women. Old fashioned, of course, but wise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 5/9/2012

    " A pleasant read, but not tremendously easy to follow on tape, as I experienced it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ben | 5/5/2012

    " Not what I was expecting but good "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane | 10/19/2011

    " This novel tells the story of a young English boy growing up in India, and his various adventures with acquaintances of various persuasions. I was delighted by Kipling's descriptions of India and its people in this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 10/16/2011

    " This is one of those books that deserves to be a classic. Really enjoyed it! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ginger | 9/30/2011

    " I read it for an Indian History class. I'm not a fan of Kipling. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carmen | 9/25/2011

    " The reason that I picked this book was because it was hailed as one of Kipling's Masterpieces. Honestly, it has a good story behind it, but I simply found it hard to lose myself in the story - like I can with so many other books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gabe | 7/27/2011

    " I remember loving it, though I was just a little punk myself at the time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle Isoldi | 7/15/2011

    " I could not really get into this book. Luckily, it was a pretty quick.read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bob Peru | 6/14/2011

    " one of my all-time favorites. re-readin' it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hector | 5/7/2011

    " It's a beautiful story combined with both action and a magical description of India, from it's landscapes, to the mixing of cultures and religions.

    Amazing book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pachuban | 4/16/2011

    " Fantastic in the way of good stories that may stick with a person, in one way or another, for a very long time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John | 4/7/2011

    " A great geography lesson and a fantastic story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mahad | 3/28/2011

    " kipling is too deprived ! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 3/25/2011

    " Read it once a year. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bcoghill | 3/24/2011

    " What a wonderful story. Action in an exotic locale. Lots of things to think about. Most excellent for my first full Kindle read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Trina | 3/16/2011

    " I never finished. It got too tedious. I feel guilty about this, but it was too heavy-going, and there are so many more books to read.
    "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Saharvetes | 3/5/2011

    " The description of the Grand Trunk Road is wonderful, just perfect! Otherwise too imperialistic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lexi | 3/2/2011

    " So far this is a lyrical and interesting book. Of course, you have to accept Kipling's somewhat stereotypical and racist renditions of India and British colonial cultures, but the tale is adventurous and sweet.

    It finished as beautifully as it began. I officially love Kipling! :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlie | 2/12/2011

    " It's a good book that reads like a late 19th century precursor to a spy novel. It gets a little bit slow at times as Kipling's descriptions sometime read more like inventories running pages long. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Goethicus | 1/28/2011

    " The first cross-over novel, way before Harry Potter's attempts. A joy! "

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About the Author
Author Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936) was born of English parents in Bombay, India. At seventeen, he began work as a journalist and over the next seven years established an international reputation with his stories and verses of Indian and army life, including such classics as The Jungle Book and Kim. In 1907 he became the first English writer to receive the Nobel Prize.

About the Narrator

Ralph Cosham (1936–2014), a.k.a. Geoffrey Howard, was a British journalist who changed careers to become a narrator and screen and stage actor. He performed in more than one hundred professional theatrical roles, and several of his narrations were named “Audio Best of the Year” by Publishers Weekly. In 2013 he won the coveted Audie Award for his narration of Louise Penny’s The Beautiful Mystery.