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If you could sum up The Essential Kipling in three words, what would they be?
The whole shooting-box!
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This startling compilation of Kipling's life and constant critique of the British Empire around him was a revelation to me. I have always admired him for seeing the Empire as it was. With this sympathetic reading he has become a true hero in my eyes. Well worth buying!
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The only thing wrong with this collection is its title. While it offers a lot of Kipling's best works, it does not give all the works that are essential to understanding him.
Aside from that, there is little to do but listen to the book and forward it to your friends. I may have heard one word I thought was mispronounced, which is a good record for any reading and exceptional for one full of dialect of all kinds and foreign words from French, Urdu, and less well-known tongues. More importantly, each story, poem, and letter is read with understanding and clarity.
I just wish the narrators of this collection had been able to present more of Kipling's world to us.