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Kim Audiobook

Kim

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Publisher's Summary

Kim's life takes a curious twist when he meets a holy man, a lama, who is about to embark on a mysterious quest: a pilgrimage that will take him across the vast continent, across rivers and up the Himalayas. And he wants Kim to accompany him.

Public Domain (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    Daniel B. 09-10-16
    Daniel B. 09-10-16
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    "Timeless"

    The Great Game. Every mans quest. Came for the spy left with enlightenment. India and the enlightened one are in my heart.

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    Mark Caruso Freeport, PA USA 08-30-16
    Mark Caruso Freeport, PA USA 08-30-16

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    "nice to be entertained from the old lost empire"

    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.

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    Everet 07-18-16
    Everet 07-18-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Perhaps one of the finest books ever written"
    What made the experience of listening to Kim the most enjoyable?

    Sam Dastor's rendition


    What did you like best about this story?

    Sam Dastor's rendition


    What does Sam Dastor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Can't say because I haven't yet 'just read the book', but since you ask now there's a thought.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Sheer enjoyment from beginning to end.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Jeffrey Purvin San Francisco, CA 09-26-15
    Jeffrey Purvin San Francisco, CA 09-26-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliantly Read, but Meandering, Boring Story"
    What did you like best about Kim? What did you like least?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Rudyard Kipling? Why or why not?

    Yes, based on what I know of some of his other titles.


    Which character – as performed by Sam Dastor – was your favorite?

    Kim, himself.


    Was Kim worth the listening time?

    Not really.


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    Elizabeth 06-21-15
    Elizabeth 06-21-15
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    "Mr. Dastor made the book come alive"

    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.

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    Dougie D 06-11-15
    Dougie D 06-11-15
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    "awesome!"

    The reader is Awesome! The voices are unbelievable. it is a great story also. Highly recommended.

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    Rex Dillon 03-28-15
    Rex Dillon 03-28-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Excellent Performance! "

    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".

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    Danielle 02-02-15
    Danielle 02-02-15
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    "Amazing voice acting"

    this was not my favorite story, but by far the best voice performance I've ever heard.

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    whip 12-12-14
    whip 12-12-14
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    "Dastor and Kipling are both geniuses"
    What did you love best about Kim?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    See above


    What does Sam Dastor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The descriptions of the mountainous regions in/near Tibet.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Pamela Melbourne 05-19-13
    Pamela Melbourne 05-19-13
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    "Classic Kipling, beautifully performed"

    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.

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