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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rudyard Kipling, Rebecca Burns Narrator: Rebecca Burns Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN: 9781400178810
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When young little Mowgli’s parents are run out of their camp by a formidable Bengal tiger, the toddler scampers to safety alone in the cave of a Seeonee wolf pack. Thereafter, forest animals succor Mowgli, and through his wits and their kindness, he reaches adulthood. 

Paradox exists in this paradise, but nowhere more forcefully than in the Bengal tiger, Shere Khan. In the contest that must occur between Shere Khan and Mowgli, which will triumph: the human intelligence of Mowgli, or the deep, instinctive cunning of the wily striped cat? 

Rudyard Kipling, who was forced to learn the art of self-preservation at a foster home and boarding school, believed in following the “Law of the Jungle.” Part silly, part serious, the delightful stories in The Jungle Book convey Kipling’s message in a way that children and adults alike appreciate.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ah | 2/19/2014

    " There are a lot of exciting children books out there but not as meaningful and poignant as the Jungle Books. Kipling's metaphorical storytelling was very alluring and there are great lessons taught here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Cooper | 2/15/2014

    " [Audio] A must read for young kids. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kandyce | 1/18/2014

    " i LOVED the first half of the book, but anything past the chapter on the seals lost me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ben Jammin | 1/11/2014

    " This book is amazing. I was a fan of it from the first page to teh last. There is no question as to how is has stood the test of time so strongly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/9/2014

    " We didn't read the actual Jungle Books, but an abridged children's version. That was a trade; it made it much easier to read to the kids, but I feel like we really missed out on Kipling's voice. Still, it was exciting and the kids enjoyed it. My favorite part has always been Riki Tiki Tavi, and the kids loved him too. He's the baddest mongoose around. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peter Sprunger | 1/9/2014

    " I read the stories about Mowgli and might pick up the rest later. Later in the book the fact that he was writing the stories for a periodical because they loose their crispness and originality that more thought and time would have fixed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jordan | 1/1/2014

    " Not sure how I let this one slip past me as a kid, but it proved to be a pretty enjoyable read. Majority of the Mowgli stories are fun and engaging. The others are a mixed bag outside of "Riki-Tiki-Tavi." That story continues to rock, even without the assistance of Orson Welles :-) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 12/8/2013

    " Such a fun book. I've decided to put Kipling near the top of my "must read" books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bret | 11/28/2013

    " Has more meaning when read as an 'adult.' "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alex | 11/21/2013

    " But I have to admit that I only read Mowgli's stories "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremy Manley | 11/20/2013

    " Definitely NOT a children's book... forget the Disney stuff. This is a must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 11/15/2013

    " My father read these to me during bathtime when I was a little girl. I loved them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 10/29/2013

    " I like the Mowgli adventures best ;) "

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

    " Although the Disney version is cute, I thought the book was kind of dry... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Samantha | 8/26/2013

    " I don't know why I expected the story to be similar to the Disney movie... but I was pleasantly surprised by the short vignets. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 6/28/2013

    " A great collection of stories that everyone should read. Some of them are terrific, and others I found hard to follow. Thus, the four stars. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrew | 6/18/2013

    " read a couple times as kid. pretty good so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 McKenzie Holmes | 5/15/2013

    " this book is about this boy who is living in the jungle but he needs to get out of the jungle because of a tiger who is coming back and hates human kind...will this boy get out or stay... "

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

    " Far grittier than the Disney story that most have become familiar with and with less singing. Written in full bloom of Colonialism, yet still a very powerful piece of writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Yelverton | 3/29/2013

    " A classic children's story that everyone should read at some point in their lives. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/20/2013

    " i never saw the disney movie so when i stumbled across this book at the library, desperate in the shelves, i pounced. it is such a fun read and incredibly timeless. how hot mowgli is and how true is the jungle law. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kailey | 12/24/2012

    " These always improve on re-reading. They never get old. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ryan | 12/18/2012

    " Not a fan. It's actually a series of short stories, some interconnected, some not. Some were good, many were boring. I really didn't get whatever symbolism was seemingly being presented. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Liesl Hathaway | 10/12/2012

    " Kipling's writing style together with stories of India make for captivating reading! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stacy | 10/8/2012

    " Not the Disney version. Pretty good if you like animal books, and are young. However I don't really fit either of the categories anymore. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 4/27/2012

    " Ricki Ticki Tavi is my favorite story from this book. A childhood classic for grown ups. Not all the stories are gems though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chanel Thyson | 12/11/2011

    " The poetry and songs written in this book make it I think. The way it fuses with the stories kept me interested all the way through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee | 10/15/2011

    " I really enjoyed this book. The stories and characters are still interesting and compelling. If you haven't read it, add it to your list. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Serge | 5/18/2011

    " This book remind me my chilhood "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Natalie | 4/20/2011

    " I know these stories by heart, almost! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 4/19/2011

    " Re-reading again after over 50 years. Very enjoyable and realaxing read. I enjoyed some of the stories other than the ones about Mowgli and Rikki Tikki Tavi, but I still skipped the story about the seal. Maybe I'll finish it in another 50 years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristine | 4/3/2011

    " Not quite what I expected, but good nontheless. All I had to go on was the Disney cartoon. Lots of short stories, with some about other "people" than Mowgli. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maddy Kay :) | 3/29/2011

    " Finally! I'm done!! Hated that book :P "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 3/18/2011

    " If you want to make your pal Mike cry- read him the passage where Mowgli decides to leave the jungle and rejoin the ManPack. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Siobhan | 3/12/2011

    " Read this because it's one of the classics. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 3/10/2011

    " Such a fun book. I've decided to put Kipling near the top of my "must read" books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 3/7/2011

    " Enjoyed the various stories - very different from the Disney movie I was always used to. "

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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

Rebecca Burns is a published narrator of children’s books and books for young adult. Her published credits include Pollyanna, The Jungle Book, The Wizard of Oz, and numerous other classic titles.