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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (27,454 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rudyard Kipling Narrator: David Shaw-Parker Publisher: Oxford University Press Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2010 ISBN:
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In the jungle of Southern India the Seeonee Wolf-Pack has a new cub. He is not a wolf - he is Mowgli, a human child, but he knows nothing of the world of men. He lives and hunts with his brothers the wolves. Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther are his friends and teachers. And Shere Khan, the man-eating tiger, is his enemy. Kipling's famous story of Mowgli's adventures in the jungle has been loved by young and old for more than a hundred years.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shauna | 2/15/2014

    " Very different from the Disney movie version. Only the first 3 chapters have to do with Mowgli. Mowgli is portrayed more intelligently, Kaa the snake is an ally who helps to rescue Mowgli, and no one busts out into song. The remaining chapters in the book are all other, independent animal stories (such as Rikki-Tikki-Tavi). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rowie Christopher | 2/13/2014

    " got given this as an audio book as well, fab indian accented narrator and even better because all the sound effects brought the whole indian jungle right into the room and not just into my head! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jesse | 2/11/2014

    " An awesome story with kick ass names for noble and not so noble animal characters. What more could you want? "

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

    " A lot different than the cartoon and the movie versions. Better, maybe, if less coherently a consistent story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew | 2/6/2014

    " I can't even begin to state how much I enjoyed this book. Heavy morality based plot where the majority of the protagonists and antagonists are talking animals, that's got matty p written all over it. It was such a delight to finish the great story of Mowgli and find out that there was three more short stories to read. I don't know what else to say but...awesomeness "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kyrie | 1/20/2014

    " One of my favorite books as a child. It goes much further than the Disneyfied version (although, I like that movie, too). "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lars Guthrie | 1/3/2014

    " It's out of print, but a lot of people remember this abridged series of "classics" and they're still around (I found this one--in like-new condition--in a thrift store). I've had some kids take to them but I find the format--pretty much a dumbing down--works better with H.G. Wells and Jules Verne type of stuff. Maybe some kid will get into this one, because the basic story is wonderful (even if it is only the Mowgli part) but to me the text and illustrations are lackluster and bland. Little of Kipling's magical prose remains. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kirsten | 12/30/2013

    " I loved 'The Jungle Book'. It was new to me because I had never watched the famous movie version of the story and didn't know it existed. The main characters were Mowgli (a boy raised in the jungle by wolves), his new parents (mother and father wolf), Shere Khan (the antagonist tiger who preyed on the weakest creatures), Baloo the bear (similar to a sheriff), Tabaqui (the jackal), Akela (the leader of the wolves), and Bagheera (the jaguar that helped Mowgli learn new things in the jungle). In the beginning, Mowgli was only accepted by mother and father wolf. At the council (a meeting of the wolves where they present their cubs to the community), no one wanted to speak up to keep Mowgli in the pack because he was a man cub. Baloo the bear and Bagheera the jaguar stood up for him when Shere Khan the tiger tried to stop him from becoming a part of the pack. Shere Khan wanted Mowgli for himself because he had almost captured him when Mowgli first came to the jungle with his father. Eventually, Mowgli was accepted by the offer of a bull from Bagheera. I liked reading about how Mowgli grew up and learned the ways of the jungle from Baloo, Bagheera, and his wolf parents. Later on, Akela the leader grows old and is unable to defend his position as leader. Mowgli defends him, but Shere Khan speaks up and encourages the rest of the pack to exile Mowgli into the village with the normal humans. Eventually, Mowgli gets revenge on Shere Khan in the village and returns to the jungle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cat15 | 12/26/2013

    " Better than the old animated movie "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Russell | 12/13/2013

    " This was the first I ever read the entire book. Pure delight! Kipling is both charming and insightful; even though the lessons may appear rooted in British Raj, they are more timeless than this age will care to admit. Highly recommended. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Max | 11/12/2013

    " Man I want to read this book so bad thank you jimmy for showing me this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kealan O'ver | 4/12/2013

    " For about two thirds of this book I was enjoying it more than I ever expected to but the last few stories are pretty average. The ones with Mowgli and Rikki Tikki Tavi though are gold. "

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

    " Good read. Enjoyed the imagery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracy Morton | 4/22/2012

    " Some stories I loved, some I did not. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 3/18/2012

    " So fun to revisit these stories I knew so well as a kid. Now I appreciate the great writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alf Holten | 3/8/2012

    " I love this book. Particularly Rikki-Tikki-Tavi is my favourite. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pamela Saylor | 10/14/2011

    " Didn't like this book at all "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 9/6/2011

    " Joanna and I enjoyed this one. It's only the first three stories from Kipling's original (Mowgli's Story). The exotic setting, the matter-of-fact-yet-life-and-death tone and the memorable characters stand out as highlights. Great illustrations as usual in this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber | 4/26/2011

    " Mine is a leather bound issue, part of a collection Dalmatian Press released in 2004. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 4/25/2011

    " Can't believe I never read this as a kid! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 4/20/2011

    " This is a wonderful children's book & I was glad i took the time to read the story. The Disney movie does a pretty good job of retelling the story & of course "the Bare Neccessities" kept running through my mind. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 4/15/2011

    " kids liked listening to this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Puja | 4/11/2011

    " This book will teach children to to stretch their imaginations. This classic makes use of many different animals. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annette | 4/4/2011

    " Very enjoyable. Amazingly readable for its age "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 4/4/2011

    " I loved it!! I have a whole new love of bagherra and baloo! i liked the emphasis on the laws of the jungle. I read it on my ipod and it was a pretty quick read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Audrey | 3/25/2011

    " I know its a classic of sorts but a little dry. Not my fav "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Georgie | 3/19/2011

    " I think I was a bit too old for this. I liked the white seal story the best though.

    I also caught a bit of racism in it, not too bad; but still racism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bobbi | 3/6/2011

    " This is the first book that I remember receiving as a gift when I was a young girl and it still sits proudly on one of my book shelves. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 3/6/2011

    " Well-illustrated version of the old classics. These stories are public domain, so the reason to seek out a book version is only if the publisher has done something extra to make the book nice. They tried their best with this version, with lots of full-color and line drawings filling out the pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ana | 3/1/2011

    " Perhaps too old-fashioned for today's readers, but nice written for its time "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 CJ | 2/1/2011

    " So far, I don't get the Kipling quotes. More yet to be read. "

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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

David Shaw-Parker trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1975 and began his career at the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1977, appearing in over twenty-five productions between then and 1991. He went on to appear at The National Theatre in Oedipus Rex, The False Servant, and My Fair Lady and in London’s West End in Grand Hotel, The Country Wife, Acorn Antiques, Heavenly Ivy, and Cyrano de Bergerac, among others. His numerous television credits include Inspector Morse, Space Precinct, and The Commander, and his films include Steven Soderbergh’s Kafka, Uberto Pasolini’s Still Life, and The Muppet Christmas Carol.