• by Rudyard Kipling
  • Narrated by Madhav Sharma
  • 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Set in the days of the British Raj, Kipling's finest novel is the exciting and touching tale of an Irish orphan-boy who has lived free in the streets of Lahore before setting out, with a Tibetan Lama, on a spiritual quest. Kim later enrolls in the Indian Service and simultaneously embarks on an espionage mission of supreme importance. A thrilling climax in the Himalayas occurs when the two quests become entangled. Kim's search for identity is staged within one of the most magnificent and affectionate portrayals of Indian culture in literature.


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Fabulous Narrator

After hearing the sample, I bought this performance of Kim by Madhav Sharma, even though I already had another very fine recording. I immediately listened to it, enthralled, every available minute. Sharma masterfully uses vocal timbre, inflection, pacing, and a whole palette of accents to bring Kipling's characters into vivid focus. He's subtle, not heavy-handed, making character voices all distinct, nuanced, and convincing, so the action and tensions in the story become very clear. I've loved this book since childhood, but it's never seemed as real as Sharma makes it. I'll listen to this repeatedly.
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- Gentle Reader Jill

Great story, brilliantly read

This is a wonderful book, overflowing with the author's love for the variety and richness of India.

Much has been made of the richness of Jim Dale's narration of the Harry Potter stories, but he has nothing on the performance of Madhav Sharma. His range of different characterizations, all unique, ranging from the gutter accents of Lahore, England and Ireland, to the most polished, are delivered to perfection.

Sharma's is a performance to be savored.
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- Roger

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-08-2009
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks