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Download The Jungle Books I Audiobook (Unabridged)

Extended Audio Sample The Jungle Books I (Unabridged) Audiobook, by Rudyard Kipling
3.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 53.5 out of 5 3.50 (30 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rudyard Kipling Narrator: Flo Gibson Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 1999 ISBN:
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Set in faraway India and the Aleutians, the animals and humans who inhabit Kipling's Jungle Books have been children's favorites for generations. Book I introduces the black panther Bagheera, the lame and evil tiger Shere Khan, the rock python Kaa, the brown bear Baloo who teaches the wolf cubs the Law of the Jungle, the man cub Mowgli who lives with the wolves, Toomai of the elephants, and many others. Though the stories and characters are exotic, the themes they address are universal ones: courage, loyalty, and adventure. Stories include: Mowgli's Brothers, Kaa's Hunting, Tiger-Tiger!, The White Seal, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, Toomai of the Elephants, and Servants of the Queen. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Raj | 2/10/2014

    " I've never read The Jungle Book before (although I used to love the Disney film) so I wasn't entirely sure what to expect. I knew about Kipling's views on empire and so forth, but this was quite a charming book of fables, using the stories to provide morals. Less than half of it is taken up by Mowgli's adventures with the rest being unrelated short stories, including the mongoose Rikki-Tikki-Tavi's fight against the snakes and the white seal Kotick's search for a safe haven for seals, where humans won't hunt them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 CJ | 1/6/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Lundy | 1/3/2014

    " I grew up with the idea that I was a 1950's, female Texas equivalent of Mowgli. I hung upside down from the swing, swung on ropes, and talked to Rikki-Tikki-Tavi (stuffed, who slept beside me each night). Fast forward fifty-five years or so, and I think the moral tone set by the characters and the events is one that would be rewarding for every parent to embrace with children. So not only is the story/character/event/and moral worth reading, but also the lessons learned are totally valuable. If you buy children's books...buy this one. And don't get frightened by Shere Khan...Bengal Tigers are now endangered! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jess | 12/30/2013

    " Can't the animals all just get along? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Trisha | 12/25/2013

    " I liked the snake Kha he was really cool. Sherkahn was scary and wanted the little boy moglie but he didn't get him. I enjoyed the shorter stories at the end about each animal like the mongoose and such too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 12/8/2013

    " "The Jungle Book" is a collection of stories, some of which do not take place in the jungle. Most of the stories captivated my imagination until the author interrupted the flow by injecting contradictions in the characters and the stories that involved violence. Bagheera chastises Baloo for beating Mowgli, only to do so himself when he felt embarrassed. Somehow Mowgli (like many abused persons) believes he deserves the unjust punishment and submits "to as severe a beating as you could wish to avoid". A similar contradiction in character occurs in "The White Seal." The white seal says he does not wish to fight the other seals, but decides he must have the most violent and bloody outbreak in history to force the other seals into submission to him. After reading all the stories, I was left with the impression that Rudyard Kipling struggled with the childhood abuse he suffered and his stories were therefore tainted by his confused beliefs about punishment. If you're a good storyteller, you can skip over or gloss over the most disturbing parts when reading to children. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meg J. | 12/5/2013

    " I've always meant to read this - didn't finish it in time for book club but still enjoyed it. I have to say though, I like Mowgli in the movie better than the book! :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tessa | 11/13/2013

    " Nothing special, but a fun read. A collection of short stories about various animals rather than a longer book just about Mogwli. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/30/2013

    " Really terrific! I didn't know a lot about the jungle book before I read it, though I was very familiar with Rikki Tikki Tavi and Mowgli the best. I should read this out loud to my kids. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lora | 10/7/2013

    " Rudyard Kipling is timeless. That's about all I can manage to say about him. The Jungle Book helped protect my children from the challenges of living in a suburbs. For that I am eternally grateful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Morgan | 10/4/2013

    " I liked it because he lived in the jungle with his friends Bagheera and Baloo and Baloo taught him his lessons to hunt and the rules of the jungle. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Miik | 8/14/2013

    " It was good in parts, but overall pretty weak. The short stories that spawned cartoons were swell, the ones that didn't weren't worth it. Mostly meh. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 McKirk | 2/21/2013

    " The Jungle book part of the story is good. All of the others are too upsetting. Clubbing baby seals??? Really??? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 2/17/2013

    " Read aloud with the 5 year old. She loved the stories about Mowgli and Rikki Tikki Tavi, but the other stories did not hold her interest as much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christy | 10/2/2012

    " this contained more than just the jungle book story with mowgli. i loved the stories so much more and the movie could every entertain me. i would definately recommend this to everyone. i think these would be great stories to read with the kids. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 fremellow | 9/27/2012

    " Leave the ordinary behind and learn the laws of the jungle. Full of adventure, imagination, impertinence, and wit... can't wait to read this one with children. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt | 6/5/2012

    " I do not remember reading this book, but I knew every story in it. I know I had read one recently in a short story collection. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Dillon | 3/23/2012

    " I like this book because it is good and great "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carlo Cunanan | 2/21/2012

    " Awesome, well-thought and a great and creative description of animals. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kat Toft | 12/23/2011

    " Much darker than I expected, but a good read none the less "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emma F. | 6/4/2011

    " I kind of didn't like this book - for once, the movie was better! "

  • 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.