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By Tea Thyme on 07-04-08
A wonderful reading of a terrific collection!
These stories are excellent for both children and adults. My 4 year old loves them as have my nephews (10 and below), my Godchildren (10 and below) and all of the adults associated with these children, including my mother. Kipling is an imaginative author with a knack for storytelling. His wild and interesting explanations for the world around us are captivating and humorous.
I enjoyed reading the stories myself, but didn't understand the significance of certain phrases until I heard this read by Mr. Palmer. He does an excellent job. His reading is clear and easy to understand, not too quick, but not dragging. He "does the voices" and reads every word or sound written in Kipling's stories. His treatment of certain phrases (for instance, "...for all the gold in Arabia..." and "humph", both from the story of How the Camel Got Its Hump) gave me a more accurate idea of what the author was trying to convey with that choice of words. Mr. Palmer reads the asides (the bits directed to the listener, "Best Beloved") smoothly, incorporating them into the overall story beautifully - not as true interruptions.
I highly recommend both Kipling's Just So Stories and Mr. Palmer's reading of same.
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By Loren on 10-21-13
Not really written for adults.
I disagree with Tea Thyme’s opinion that these stories are “excellent for both children and adults.” They may be fun to listen to while traveling with your children or grandchildren while you can enjoy the children’s reaction to the stories, but they were way too simple for me to listen to on my own.
I often enjoy books that are supposedly for children or “young adults”. I think that the “Harry Potter” series is the best piece of fantasy I have read (and listened to). This collection of stories, however is written for a much younger audience.
The narrator is excellent and of course Kipling’s writing is too, but not for adults.