I'm a bit biased. This is my favorite book so my comments here are more toward the narration. At first it was hard to get used to someone else speaking the words I've read multiple times. Eventually though I was won over by the cadence of speech and accents for each character that it brought the book new life for me.
i believe this is my favorite book "in all the world". the beginnings of "the great game" in literature anyway. in the "great courses" program, "espionage" the professor addresses kipling's story of kim as part of spying throughout the ages. the characters are so well drawn and it takes you back to india of over 100 years ago and gives you the feeling of those times and the small villages of today that are similar to a tme far away from our current industrial times.
we often forget what the state of the world was such a short time ago... this story brings you such imagery you can nor help listen for hours.
Sam Dastor's rendition
Sam Dastor's rendition
Can't say because I haven't yet 'just read the book', but since you ask now there's a thought.
Sheer enjoyment from beginning to end.
I first heard of Rudyard Kipling at prep school in 1959 from a classmate then living in Kipling's house. I saw the film 'Kim' with Dean Stockwell on TV, but never paid much attention. Since the advent of Kindle and now Audible.com I am rediscovering all those books I should have read when I was younger. At 64 I feel blessed to have listened to to this book before it was too late. Anyone who is interested in listening to books on or about India is strongly advised to do so by listening to Sam Dastor's rendition. It just doesn't get better than that.
I recently listened to an excellent Great Courses audio course on the history of espionage. The professor repeatedly praised the book, Kim, as an excellent, early account of of the art of spycraft. I immediately sought to listen to it via Audible. The book's reader, Sam Dastor, is a genuinely gifted voice actor, bringing the book's many interesting characters to life. But, author Kipling's now very outdated writing style was ponderous and often made the story difficult to follow. Re: the book's insights into the life and tricks of a spy, there were many good insights to discover. But, these insights came at the price of having to struggle to stay interested in the book's overall meandering, wordy and often boring story.
Yes, based on what I know of some of his other titles.
I was not familiar with "Kim" and thoroughly enjoyed experiencing it through the voices of Mr. Dastor. Each character was distinct and vivid, both as written and as read.
Kim is one of my favorite Rudyard Kipling stories. The reader gives a Fantastic performance in so many accents, that it was better having heard it than when I read it. A classic. Also useful for those wanting to peer into the tapestry of India' s history, and includes the intrigue of the "great game".