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 But, author Kipling's now very outdated writing style was ponderous and often made the story difficult to follow.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".
Kipling's word choice, the descriptions of scenes, the amazing performance of Sam Dastor (seriously, he play characters of umpteen different casts, dialects, genders, ages, national origins!), the winding, intricate tale, Kipling's deep knowledge of India and Buddhism.
See above. He is incredibly talented. I cannot fathom how he can switch in and out of the narrator's voice and the voices of the numerous characters he plays. He brought the book to life without a fault.
The descriptions of the mountainous regions in/near Tibet.
This is a complex story, but it all beautifully comes together. Kipling is a master of the written word and Dastor a master of acting. Buddhists (particularly of Tibetan lineages) will deeply appreciate this book.
Kim is an orphan boy with a foot in two worlds, living during the late 1800s. British by birth but seeing himself as a part of the local community, he lives as a street kid until his employment as an agent of espionage. He is also a student, and a disciple of a Tibetan Buddhist Lama. His adventures take place in Pakistan, India, and the Himalayas. The performance does full justice to the splendour of the language, and covers a remarkable range of accents.
Sam Dastor takes you on a great Indian adventure with this Rudyard Kipling classic. His vocalizations of the different characters are incredible. Kim, a young orphan in early British India travels the country with his mentor, a Tibetan lama. The book is essentially a narrative of their adventures while painting a colorful and informative picture of India prior to the full bloom of the British Raj.
"fabric artist and quilter"
This is a "Boy's Own Adventure" but wonderfully told, an India long gone captured in word painting that was masterly.
This is Rudyard Kipling's best book and it is a masterpiece - in a few words he can describe a scene, a look or a character. I've never been to India but I feel like after listening to this I know what to expect.
For younger boys it is an adventure but it goes far beyond that for adult readers as it works on so many levels.
Sam Dastor, who read The Siege of Krishnapur and didn't do the best of jobs doing so, did a marvellous job of all the characters in this book. It was compelling listening. I loved it and know I shall listen to it again and listen to more Kipling as a result of listening to this book.