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Kipling was a genius of language and everything of his that I have read had poetry running through it. This book is no exception and the characterisation of the different animals is brilliant. The premise and the story of this book are known to most of us and the text is beautifully constructed.
Sadly the narration gets in the way of this superb text. The best narrators are transparent, simply letting the material come through without ever being the focus of your attention. At times this narrator sounds like she is reading a grocery list and at others manages to completely miss inflection and intonation in a way that deflects your attention away from the storyline because it is so annoying. I found myself unable to concentrate on the story
My rating would have been 5 stars but for the narration.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
WOW I had no idea that The Jungle Book was so well written so complex and so wonderful. Really good story - the culture of the animals created by Kipling is so believable and so special - great stories - one thing though - narrator voice really gets aggravating rather quickly. Both worth hearing.
Absolutely awful, sounds like Siri was narrating the story. Can I still get a refund even though it was free???
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
Unlistenable. Narration is wooden and kills the story. Try another version!
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Burns kills the story and makes it unlistenable. she sounds like computer speak or a tube train auto announcer. Just horrible!