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3.61 out of 53.61 out of 53.61 out of 53.61 out of 53.61 out of 5 3.61 (57 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Rudyard Kipling Narrator: Ralph Cosham Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Jungle Book Series Release Date: November 2011 ISBN: 9781470806194
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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.’”

    Vogue

  • “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 Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 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 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 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 Monk Fish | 2/8/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 2/5/2014

    " I am unsure that I have ever this, all the way through; my first reading was a different edition, as a child. These stories are classic must-reads "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colin | 2/3/2014

    " Splendid book. Lovely prose, dark themes, exciting adventures - I loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn MacDonald | 2/2/2014

    " only book my dad ever read to me. the characters came alive on the page. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ian | 1/30/2014

    " Read when I was a young teen - captivating then. Remains a prized book on my shelf. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nathan | 1/30/2014

    " I liked The Jungle Books. The story of Mowgli was not at all like the story in the Disney movie. I thought the book was good and definitely worth reading at least one time. I really liked the short story called Riki-Tiki-Tavi. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 K.S. Brooks | 1/26/2014

    " A must for all parents to read to their children. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeremy Stephens | 1/23/2014

    " This was completely different than the severely watered down Disney version. I was surprised to find out this was actually a collection of poems and short stories. "

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

    " A classic children's book another ont that will live on forever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 1/16/2014

    " An enjoyable audiobook, well read, of the classic children's story. My daughter likes this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucy | 1/14/2014

    " There's no doubt, Kipling is a writer of excellent prose, and the ideas behind the Jungle Book stories (in this book especially, the defeat of the Red Dogs - wow), so why only three stars? Actually, because I just don't like Mowgli..... "

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

    " Who knew rikki tikki tavi was a jungle book? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bianca | 12/24/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kitten With | 12/22/2013

    " How can you NOT love Kipling? Every story so lush with African imagery; bedtime stories for Kipling's child... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia | 12/20/2013

    " I would give the stories about Mowgli a 3+ or maybe even a 4. But the other random stories in there were just ok - so it averages out to a 3. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sallie | 12/19/2013

    " Interesting. Each chapter skips from Mowgli to another tale, then back to Mowgli and so forth. I didn't really understand the ending, it was old English. But an interesting book, overall. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steve Mitchell | 12/4/2013

    " The second volume of Jungle Book stories by Rudyard Kipling is at the very least equal to the first. Together they make up my favourite of all Kipling's writing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda | 11/15/2013

    " finally read this children's classic last year. Good stories, most of which I was familiar with from movies, so it was good to read the originals...that said, although the stories are good, the writing was not what I expected...a little disappointed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachel | 11/10/2013

    " Was pleasantly surprised (at times) to find out that it was not always about Mowgli. Kipling is a genius. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris Pendleton | 9/11/2013

    " Long with lots of disconnected stories. Kinda boring. :( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Blaine Moore | 8/31/2013

    " Unlike the first jungle book, I enjoyed the stories of Mowgli more than the independent stories in this book, and it was a satisfying end to how Mowgli's life was led. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kandice | 8/17/2013

    " Not as good as the first. Maybe because I was so much older when I read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dillon | 8/15/2013

    " This book is a little heavier and more deep than the first Jungle Book. I enjoyed it as much as I did the first. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rhiannon20 | 8/7/2013

    " I think that almost everyone has watched the movie "The Jungle Book". But I liked the book too because it wasn't all about Mowgli, Baloo and Bagheera - there were also a few short stories mixed in such as "The White Seal" and others about the jungle laws. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Brody Lee | 8/5/2013

    " it was good but it was boring at most parts. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gavin | 3/6/2013

    " If it suffers at all it's only in unfai comparison to the incomparable first volume. A great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 2/4/2013

    " i loved the continuation of the mowgli stories. i thought it was fascinating to read about the other animals or people in the rest of the book too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karlie Nyte | 1/18/2013

    " I enjoy the first JB immensely. This one is all right. No real need to read it again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alissa | 12/20/2012

    " A great storey for children that can be enjoyed by adults. This is a continuation of the life of Mowgli, the young orphan boy who was raised by wolfs. There are many adventures with his lovable animal friends & life lessons as he learns the Laws of the jungle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katy | 12/6/2012

    " I really liked the underlying morals in the story of Mowgli; as well as the ideas about law and self-governing. The story is filled with adventure. A good read for kids. (and adults:)) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe Clemons | 11/21/2012

    " The Jungle books are amazing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kam-Yung Soh | 10/4/2012

    " More wonderful jungle stories by Kipling, most featuring Mowgli but all equally fascinating to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jordan | 9/13/2012

    " 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 :-) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Neil Davies | 9/7/2012

    " Not quite as entertaining as the first collection of stories. There's no doubt that the Mowgli stories are the best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen | 8/24/2012

    " Thoroughly enjoying the reading this classic once again. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Corley | 8/7/2012

    " Bit boring, but I didn't have anything else to read, so I decided to read this classic. I'd read Rikki Tikki Tavi back in 7th grade, & that's my favorite story in the book. Actually, I've only read the first Jungle Book. "

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

    " Really good, didn't care for the elephant part though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Clarissa | 7/15/2012

    " I didn't like this as much ad the first. True Mowgli is older so the tales were much darker. I think my main problem was there should've been more Mowgli stories. To me that's what The Jungle Book is. Not the other stories. & the last of the Mowgli stories left me feeling disappointed & flat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 5/28/2012

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rhiannon | 3/30/2012

    " Perhaps it was due to the e-rendering of this, but I simply could not follow this from one story to the next. The language was terrible and the flow went missing half-way through the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 2/29/2012

    " A worthy follow-up to the first book, including more tales of Mowgli as he grows older. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sofia Gonçalves | 1/21/2012

    " In this second jungle book, we can rey, read more about Maugli, as he is growing. Actually, all of the characters passes throught an aging process. Althought it has less India magic, I can say I liked more this book, because of the adventures of Maugli, and the jungles Law. :) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melody | 12/10/2011

    " Reading through this one with my kids. So far, it's great! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Derrick | 11/13/2011

    " A selection of short stories that deals as much with seals, eskimoes and other such non-Titular schizzle as it does with Mowgli and the jungle. Too many 'songs' for me. Didn't enjoy it nearly as much as "Kim". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah | 8/23/2011

    " I'm a big fan of fables. Rudyard Kipling has a way of inhabiting each animal in its own skin. There is a sense of foreboding in the stories of man against nature. "

  • 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

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.