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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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By Lisa Ann Paul on 12-19-06
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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By Antony on 06-18-07
Kim - Rudyard Kipling
I was surprised, on first listening to the recording, to hear an American narrating the story because it would be difficult to get more quintessentially British Empire than Kim. However, it turned out that all the voices, even the plummy 'Sahibs' and especially those belonging to the Indian characters, were excellently done, my favourites being the gravelly-voiced Tibetan Lama and Mahboob Ali, the horse-dealer cum spy. The thing I enjoyed most about the fluent reading is the pronunciation of the Indian words and place-names, I always stumble over these things when reading and it was nice to hear them said correctly and with such relish. An enthralling spy story mixed with Imperialist intrigue (don't be put off by the racist undertones, they're of an era and in the end transcended by the touching relationhip between the Lama and Kim) as well as some beautiful descriptions of India. Highly recommended. I'm giving it four stars, however, not because of the story but because, unfortunately the quality of the recording is in places a little scratchy and echoey.
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By Tom on 03-19-09
a good book spolied by terrible narration
I have read "Kim" several times and was looking forward to listening to this audio version. What a terrible disappointment. I can truly say this is the WORST narration I have ever heard - and I've listened to nearly 500 audio books - boring, disjointed, no feel for the rhythm or pace of the prose, and utterly laughable characterisation. Avoid this version of "Kim" - there must be a better audio version somewhere - and avoid anything read by Walter Covell like the plague.
Sound quality was nothing to write home about either.
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