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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (32,710 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rudyard Kipling Narrator: Madhav Sharma Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2000 ISBN:
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Kiplings' tales of Mowgli and his exciting life in the Indian jungle have been loved by children and adults alike ever since their publication in 1895. Mowgli the 'man-cub' must learn to fend for himself against terrible foes like Shere Khan the tiger, but he can always call upon his friends Baloo the Bear, Bagheera the Black Panther, and Kaa the Rock Python from whom he learns the Law of the jungle. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dansage | 2/18/2014

    " Classic. Everyone should read it at some point, whether you're a kid or not. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mel Vincent | 2/6/2014

    " It shows how fantasy is truly based on imagination and creativity. The stories are so vividly told that it is applicable to both children and adults which is magnificent. Truly timeless and shows that the animal kingdom too has societies and laws that creates balance and stability all throughout the jungle. This book also points out that animals indeed learn and think such as Kotick the white seal. Rudyard Kipling made the animals sort of human in a way with the stories told in this book and it truly brings out the wonder that we all have about nature and its animals. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janice | 1/21/2014

    " I read this as a "I need to be culturally literate" read. I enjoyed about 2/3rds of this. And to be honest, had to force myself through the other 1/3. Glad I read it but glad it is done. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jessica | 12/22/2013

    " I liked the Jungle Book, mostly because I grew up with the old 30's version movie and the Disney version. The Jungle Book itself was pretty good, but I'm not a huge fan of stories about animals (although I love Watership Down, if you ever have a chance . . .). There are several other stories, most of which are pretty slow--one about a seal, one about an elephant. Riki Tiki Tavi is good, but that's about it. But maybe young boys would like them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tyler True | 12/15/2013

    " A delightful old classic I only recently discovered! According to the accompanying essays, most of the rest of Kipling's oeuvre is disappointing, but The Jungle Books are sublimely creative. Various characters are rotated through each story so that they reappear as hero, antagonist, minor character, or point of reference. Even the human hero, Mowgli, takes on these different roles. All the jungle creatures reveal individual characteristics without being personified. By the time Mowgli regains human society after having been raised by wolves, you feel like you have witnessed these events as one of his jungle friends; you can identify with everyone or no-one. At the same time, it is the perfect expression of the Anglophone world at the turn of the twentieth century -- the death of old culture, the whole world coming into reach, the slow realization that people are not only subject to but also responsible for The Law of the Jungle. It plays on the exotic but avoids racist exoticism since humankind, all together, is just one more element of a much bigger world. The story is revealed to the reader in the way that we might imagine things are revealed to jungle creatures. It is universal but not sentimental, just wild enough that you would believe it -- if you were a jungle creature. Far preferable to The Jungle Book, The Lion King, or other pop culture it has no doubt inspired. This story, the real one, will lift you right out of your own mind. (The accompanying essays were in the 1981 New American edition, which I could not find on this website.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bianca | 11/26/2013

    " This is a classic but is very difficult to get through in parts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 40 Forte | 11/25/2013

    " Not as childish as the Disney verison would have you believe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 11/25/2013

    " Very interesting to read this as a companion book to the Tiger's Wife by Tea O'Brecht. Enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cameron | 10/8/2013

    " I think I'd want a modernized version of the text if I was considering reading it to children. The stories, the law-of-the-jungle themes, and the vivid, exotic jungle settings are great, though. Kipling's poetry is also remarkable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fredrick Danysh | 5/16/2013

    " Kippling's classic tale of a boy in India and his interaction with animals. Included are stories where animals are given human characteristics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mzungu | 3/30/2013

    " 'last years nuts are this years loam.' has been rolling around in my head. nothing is wasted. beautiful notion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Willa | 11/15/2012

    " Really enjoyable quick-to-read stories of Mowgli the man-cub raised by wolves in the jungle, although not every story is about him. There's a reason it's a classic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cori | 6/13/2012

    " All jungle animals should speak the king's english. I hope they do. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny Thayer | 4/14/2012

    " not at all like disney. So good!!!Such adventure! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dallas Doctor | 12/17/2011

    " Surprisingly, I had never read this - but it was next on the shelf, so I picked it up - enjoyed it thoroughly! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amber Townsley | 11/18/2011

    " So much better than the disney kids version I remember "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine Doery | 10/29/2011

    " Before reading I had thought The Jungle Books was one main tale, not a series of stories. Overall I enjoyed reading the darker version Kipling presents rather than the fairy tale version. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 9/1/2011

    " A great book of short stories set in India. My favorite is Riki-Tiki-Tavi, I've always had a soft spot for that little mongoose. Interesting how different Mogwli is from the Disney movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annette Davis | 7/23/2011

    " Don't sell this short as a read aloud. It is full of excitement and Kipling's take on the exotic Indian jungle. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ryan | 7/15/2011

    " 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 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

Madhav Sharma made his professional acting debut with the Shakespearean International Company, touring such places as India, Singapore, Malaysia, Sarawak, North Borneo, and Hong Kong. He works extensively on stage, screen, and radio in the UK where he now resides.