Inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s colonial childhood, The Jungle Book continues to capture the imaginations of young audiences with playful parables of humans and beasts living together in the Indian jungle. Kipling’s stories feature a colorful cast of anthropomorphic animals delivering lighthearted, but well-learned life lessons. Listeners will meet Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, a cute and courageous mongoose on a quest to defeat a couple of cruel cobras. Young listeners familiar with Disney’s adaptation will delight in the adventures of "man cub" Mowgli, raised among wolves. The hero of three short tales here, Mowgli’s saga continues where the animated film left off, as he attempts to re-integrate in human society. Performer Rebecca Burns’ spartan but fluid delivery opens up room for Kipling’s sonorous, sing-song stories shine through.
Paradox exists in this paradise, but nowhere more forcefully than in the Bengal Tiger, Shere Khan. In the contest that must occur between Shere Khan and Mowgli, which will triumph: the human intelligence of Mowgli, or the deep, instinctive cunning of the wily striped cat?
Kipling, who was forced to learn the art of self-preservation at a foster home and boarding school, believed in following the "Law of the Jungle". Part silly, part serious, these delightful stories convey Kipling's message in a way that children and adults alike will appreciate time and time again.
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Kipling was a genius of language and everything of his that I have read had poetry running through it. This book is no exception and the characterisation of the different animals is brilliant. The premise and the story of this book are known to most of us and the text is beautifully constructed.
Sadly the narration gets in the way of this superb text. The best narrators are transparent, simply letting the material come through without ever being the focus of your attention. At times this narrator sounds like she is reading a grocery list and at others manages to completely miss inflection and intonation in a way that deflects your attention away from the storyline because it is so annoying. I found myself unable to concentrate on the story
My rating would have been 5 stars but for the narration.
WOW I had no idea that The Jungle Book was so well written so complex and so wonderful. Really good story - the culture of the animals created by Kipling is so believable and so special - great stories - one thing though - narrator voice really gets aggravating rather quickly. Both worth hearing.
Too bad that Disney had to destroy this wonderful classic. Baloo and Bagheera are sages, teachers, wise ones; Disney made clowns. Mother wolf confronting Sh?re Khan at the mouth of her den remains untouched by the passing years, indeed, the whole story has not aged, although the Dearly Beloved manner of telling it probably has.
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