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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:
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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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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