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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.
26 of 26 people found this review helpful
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.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful
This story is one of my favourite all time classics and over the years I have collected many versions of it's reading. Of all the versions I have this is by far the best. The pace is perfect, this is a book to savour not rushed and you can certainly do that with this reading. It's not slow but it doesn't race through the tale and cause you to miss the detail.
Madhav Sharma created a full cast with beautifully defined, individual voices for each character. Exactly what you would expect from a quality reading. Bravo!
Basically, if you want to invest the time and listen to a wonderful tale while you savour the magnificent turn of phrase of Kipling then go for this version. I like it so much I have recently retired my original CD version that I've been listening to for years and upgraded to an Audible copy. (the space saving is HUGE!)
If you go for it I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
I don't like writing a bad review but I just did not enjoy this book at all. I could not connect with the Narrator in any way. Coming from an Indian background, I just could not see how Indians could talk the way his characters were. After about 3-4 hours I gave up. The first Audiobook that I stopped mid way (I have over 40 books). Would not recommend this book.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful