• by Rudyard Kipling
  • Narrated by Walter Covell
  • 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Kipling creates a harmonious picture of India that unites the secular and the spiritual, the life of action and that of contemplation. It is the story of the orphaned son of an Irish soldier, Kimball O'Hara, who spends his childhood as a vagabond, traveling through India with an old Tibetan lama, enthralled by the "roaring whirl" of the country's colorful landscape and by the diversity of its people.


Audible Editor Reviews

Two great foreign empires wage a hot and cold war for supremacy and wealth in the troubled region stretching from Persia to India to the mountains of Tibet. Along the way, a Buddhist lama seeks enlightenment and enlists the help of a poor, white soldier’s child. This is not today’s edition of The New York Times, this is Rudyard Kipling’s probable masterpiece, 1901’s Kim.
The legendary Walter Covell performs Kipling’s elegant prose with his natural, swarthy East Coast delivery, and listeners are treated to an epic as palatable to children as it is fascinating to adults. Using "The Great Game" between Russia and the British Empire as its political backdrop, Kim is also a study in love, discipleship, and landscape.


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Customer Reviews

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A Ripping Yarn

Equal parts travelogue, picaresque adventure and spy novel, this is great story tells how a plucky Irish orphan who has grown up in the Bazaars of India decides to accompany a Tibetan lama on a quest for a sacred river. On the way he becomes embroiled in British spy intrigue with Russia. I liked the narrator and thought he did well with different voices for the various characters. But it's the story that makes this a must hear. YOu will be transported to India of the 19th century with all its different cultures and peoples.
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- Lisa Ann Paul


This recording does more than justice to Kipling's great tale. The voices the narrator is able to assume enriched my experience of a lifetime favorite.
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- Quahog

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-23-2006
  • Publisher: Jimcin Recordings