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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (901 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rudyard Kipling Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2012 ISBN: 9781455170944
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On Midsummer’s Eve, Dan and Una enact A Midsummer Night’s Dream three times over—right under Pook’s Hill. That is how they meet Puck, “the oldest Old Thing in England,” and the last of the People of the Hills. Through Puck, they are introduced to the nearly forgotten pages of old England’s history, and to characters that can illuminate their own historical predicaments.

The god Weland is freed from an unwanted heathen immortality by a novice monk, Hugh, who goes on to become a warrior and leader. The centurion, Parnesius, shows an insight which is absent from the higher echelons of the declining Roman Empire in cooperating with the Picts. Originally published in 1906, this collection of ten stories and accompanying poems were intended for both adults and children.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Kipling] was a determined realist, and though he sometimes dreamed with his eyes open, there was nothing to show that he would ever write a book so full of white magic as this.”

    Times (London)

  • “A new thing, a magic mingling of history and romance and folklore, a book for a child to rejoice in, and for man to ponder over.”

    Daily Chronicle (London)

  • “Enchanting…A book which will delight every boy and girl lucky enough to get it as a Christmas present, and will be devoured with a thrill of pleasure by the ‘grown-ups’ before it is slid—never an easy task—into the narrow black or brown stocking.”

    Spectator (London)

  • “The hidden history of old England, lovingly written by Kipling for his own children, is coupled with a brilliant reading to make this one of the premier family listening events of the year. The story has everything listeners could want: enchantment, high adventure, battles, intrigue, all wrapped up in romantic poetic language…brought exquisitely to life by [Wanda McCaddon].”

    AudioFile

  • “[Wanda McCaddon]…has the requisite British accent and very good judgment as to how to make the tales exciting yet believable.”

    Wilson Library Bulletin

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucy | 2/6/2014

    " Kipling really does write well. I loved the idea of this book, the framing device of the children meeting Puck, and those sections are excellent - I love the poems that top and tail the sections. But to the main point of the book, the historical figures telling their stories - you need to know the history before you read this because he does plunge in rather. Given that this book was written presumably for children, it makes you realise that education was very different one hundred years ago. I've put the sequel, 'Rewards and Fairies' on my to-read list. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donald | 1/28/2014

    " Read it in the context of a composition date of 1906 or so, and see what a really wide and glorious view of the full range of good humans Kipling espoused. There's room for anyone with a caring heart in his story of the making of England: Normans, Picts, Bee Boys and more.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice Sather | 1/26/2014

    " Loved it as a child. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/24/2014

    " Rudyard Kipling's take on English history for kids, this is a set of stories about historical figures, retold as good yarns. :) A lot of deep devotion to the roots of England, but mostly doesn't come off as overly chauvinistic. In fact, Kipling's treatment of a Jewish character late in the book surprised me--very, very sympathetic for the times he was writing in. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glas | 1/11/2014

    " I recently listened to the Librivox audio of Puck of Pook's Hill, which reminded me again how much I love Rudyard Kipling. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maggie | 12/27/2013

    " I think this is a charming way to learn about British history. There's a faun, an English soldier from the reign of Richard I, a Roman soldier from the seiges with the Picts, tales of faeries, and lots more. Besides, you have the beauty of Kipling's language and his lovely poetry. Recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terry Irving | 11/30/2013

    " One of the best books of British legends ever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Catherine Hill | 11/6/2013

    " This is charming English history for kids and people who have been taught history is boring. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 PJ Jumonville | 1/27/2013

    " Dad read it to me as a child - sparked my love of all things both historical and English phase. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Olga Lempert | 12/25/2012

    " A brilliant read for an imaginative child and/or a burgeoning Anglophile. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maia | 9/19/2012

    " a o-kay book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tess | 9/18/2012

    " A pleasant little story but certainly not Kiplings best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Skye | 7/22/2012

    " Made me heart-sore for England, but lovely none the less. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 6/28/2012

    " Sooooo much fun to read!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 5/8/2012

    " Marvelous stuff. I can imagine how the young J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis adored these stories when they appeared in 1906. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Margaret | 4/8/2012

    " This is the first book that made history seem like a continuity rather than a collection of interesting but discrete stories. "

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