Children everywhere have read and loved Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book—and continue to do so. Here Blackstone offers this collection of moral fables in its entirety.
Tales of Mowgli, the boy raised by animals in the exotic jungles of India; Rikkitikkitavi, a courageous young mongoose who battles the sinister black cobra Nag; Toomai, the boy who works with elephants; and more will delight listeners both young and old. These classic stories brim with adventure and thrills as the lively characters fend off ferocious tigers and deadly snakes, slip through the jungle to watch elephants dance, and seek refuge from dangerous hunters.
Public Domain (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“Though these marvelous tales were written in Victorian times, they are still worthy of being read and enjoyed by today’s youngsters. Fantasy is currently very popular with young readers, and here are stories in this genre that are truly excellent.” (Children’s Literature)
I had a hard time deciding which edition of The Jungle Book to purchase. The piece of information missing from most every item description was the actual contents of the recording. A survey of the unabridged versions of both Jungle Books I & II yields vastly disparate running times. To assist the discerning shopper, allow me to confirm that this edition (Blackstone Audio - running time 11h 8m) is the complete compilation of all of the stories and poems of The Jungle Books (1 & 2), from "Night Song in the Jungle", the prelude to "Mowgli's Brothers", to "The Outsong", the postlude to "The Spring Running", and everything in between.
I really enjoyed Ralph Cosham's narration. He does the voice of Bagheera so well, and it's different from Baloo or Mowgli. One note - this recording includes for the First and Second Jungle book. The Second Jungle Book, also narrated by Cosham, is available separately but I don't think you'd need it.
I've always loved these stories, and I really enjoyed the audible version. Mr. Cosham gave the characters different voices workout going "over the top" as some narraters I've heard, and I enjoyed the pace.
I buy a bunch of audiobooks for my kids, but don't usually listen to them - I prefer reading my books myself. I started listening to this version of the Jungle Book to see the difference between it and the previous version I bought, and got totally sucked in. I listened to the story for hours after the kids were in bed, and was completely captivated the whole time. I love Ralph Cosham's narration, it's not distracting to me the way that a lot of audiobook narrators are and he does a good job of differentiating the characters without getting campy.
I like book when they are read... To me with different voices for all the characters... By a talented author. ~Haiku
These are all the classic tales in the Jungle Book... some of which I don't think I remember from when I was young like "Red Dog". I especially like the character voices of this narrator.
A collection of stories dealing mostly with the animals in the Indian Jungle, but a few others are mentioned as well, like seals. The author familiarity with the environment and many different types of animals shows and we are sucked into the animal kingdom.
Like good fables they hold moral lessons conveyed in clever anthropomorphic tales. Some of them deal with mature subject matter..
Don't be turned off if you've seen the classic animated movie. Only about two or three of the stories directly relate but you can see where it took the spirit and influences from. It even covers what happens to Mowgli next.
The second Jungle book has additional stories of mostly jungle animals. Except for the Mowgli stories I didn't find them as interesting and was missing the charm of the first book. Still it a good read especially to read tales from different cultural influence.
Read if you like fables and fairy tales with a different cultural influence (non-western)
I often find myself revisiting Kipling's tales - and I was thrilled to find this audio version on the sale rack, so to speak. The narrator does an excellent job conveying the nuances of these beloved old tales.
The poems chill me to the bone. The performance of Baghera's voice is the best, but it's all wonderful. The stories are a bit outdated and sometimes a bit difficult for me to care about enough, like the seats and inuits.
Imagine It Believe It Make It Real
I love Ralph Cosham's performances for Louise Penny's series about Chief Inspector Gamache but for this story I feel it needed a more youthful voice and more lively interpretations.
"The Original Jungle book"
I love the original Jungle Book and its very well read. i keep going back to this audio book and listening over and over again.
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