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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (11,923 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rudyard Kipling, Simon Vance Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Nobel Prize-winning author Rudyard Kipling set his final and most famous novel in the complex, mystery-shrouded India of the mid-ninteenth century where an exotic landscape teems with natives living under British colonial rule.

Kim, the poor orphaned son of an Irish soldier stationed in Lahore, straddles both worlds. Neither wholly British nor completely Indian, the young boy searches for his identity in the country where he was born; but at the same time, he struggles to create an identity for himself. Cunning and street wise, Kim is mature beyond his thirteen years and learns to move chameleon-like between the two cultures, becoming the disciple of a Tibetan monk while training as a spy for the British secret service.
Far above the average adventure story, Kim will captivate Kipling devotees as well as fans of tales brimming with foreign intrigue and treachery.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Heather | 2/18/2014

    " I understand that "Kim" is generally considered Kipling's greatest novel. I personally, however, found it less than great. There are some aspects of it that surpass any other works I can think of. Primarily, this would be in its description of India. The people, the places, the customs are all described in rich (which might also be unduly drawn out) detail. I think the story attempts to be a coming of age tale, although in this it fails to impress. One is much more likely to enjoy Kim as a young ruffian with a Tom Sawyer swagger than as the weary and aware young man he seems at the end of the book. Then, too, there is the religious aspect of "Kim." Kipling displays the range of Indian religious sects by introducing characters who are Hindu, Muslim, and Christian (the latter only as the militaristic and slightly dull-witted guardians of Kim at his necessary but tedious school training). His main portrayal, though, is of Buddhism as exemplified in the Tibetan Lama whom Kim befriends. By the end of the book, I could not help feeling it was almost a piece of Buddhist propaganda, so frequent were the references to the Wheel of Life and earning merit. But perhaps I am the wrong sort of reader to enjoy this book anyway. It certainly seems a "boy" tale, and I am sure a more thorough understanding of the intrigues of the British Empire would have made the reading more enjoyable. In seeking out secondary commentary to help my reading, I found out about "the Great Game" between English and Russian intelligence agents. Suddenly things made more sense! Unfortunately, it did not help increase my interest much. Pehaps Kipling's wild appeal in his own day is to the detriment of its appeal 109 years later. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Marla | 2/18/2014

    " I enjoyed this book! Rudyard Kipling is great novelist and storyteller. Now I want to visit India! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Dwight | 2/7/2014

    " My only true "desert island book." It's all in here, everything you need to know. The only book I've actually read a dozen times. Also the only book (and one of the only things) I've bought on E-bay: I've got about 12 different copies. One is in French with great drawings! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Gela Tevzadze | 2/4/2014

    " Can not add any original compliments to the universal praise gained by this book, for a long time regarded as "arguably the best novel ever written about India". While the sentiment may be considered debatable, the literary value and everlasting appeal of "Kim" remains undeniable. "

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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

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.