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The Second Jungle Book Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample The Second Jungle Book, by Rudyard Kipling
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A continuation of The Jungle Book, these further adventures of Mowgli the man-cub and his animal companions are sure to delight listeners of all ages. Vibrant and crackling with intensity, these stories present Akela the wolf; Baloo the brown bear; Shere Khan, the boastful Bengal tiger who is Mowgli’s enemy; Kaa the python; Bagheera the black panther; and Rikki-tikki-tavi the mongoose, among others. Kipling vividly describes the jungle world and its peculiar animals, richly evoking an Edenic environment. As Mowgli learns the Law of the Jungle among the animals, he matures into self-sufficiency and wisdom.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A pure outburst of genius.”

    New York Times

  • “It would take too long to enumerate the half of the marvelous touches by which the creatures miscalled dumb are made to live for us by Rudyard Kipling…The saddest words of this volume are those with which he closes, ‘And this is the last of the Mowgli stories.’”


  • “The gift of writing for children is an unaccountable one, bestowed erratically and falling in unexpected places. Mr. Kipling has it in the fullest measure…Certainly the Jungle stories have never been approached in excellence by any other of his prose tales. The field is all his own, and he is safe even from imitators.”

    San Francisco Argonaut

  • “Neither allegory nor fairy tale; it rises through imagination to something higher. Mr. Kipling does not use the animals of the jungle to illustrate human nature. He makes them akin…An art that is at once greater, more modern, and more human than any we have known.”

    Critic, Vol. 31

Listener Reviews

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Review by Willow | 2/11/2014

    " horrible book...didn't like it at all!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Review by Jeff | 2/10/2014

    " This story is great. I had never read it before and so I decided to read it last time that I was at the library. It is a pretty light read and is full of adventure and fun. The thing that is hardest about the book is that there are different stories and each chapter you have a new character to remember. Don't be surprised when you read the story that the popular cartoon has little resemblance to the story. I liked the book better but that is my own opinion. I think that my favorite part was the story of Rikki-Tikki-Tavi the mongoose. The funny part of the book is that the animals talk the way I would expect them to talk if I could understand them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Review by Becky Masters | 2/8/2014

    " This is one of the first books I ever read for pleasure. It took me until college to really start reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Review by Monk Fish | 2/8/2014

    " liked 3 of the 7 stories in particular Kaa's Hunting and Toomai of the Elephants "

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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

Ralph Cosham (1936–2014), a.k.a. Geoffrey Howard, was a British journalist who changed careers to become a narrator and screen and stage actor. He performed in more than one hundred professional theatrical roles, and several of his narrations were named “Audio Best of the Year” by Publishers Weekly. In 2013 he won the coveted Audie Award for his narration of Louise Penny’s The Beautiful Mystery.