Stage, screen and radio actor Madhav Sharma gives Rudyard Kipling's lively, adventurous tales of Mowgli, child of the Indian jungle, a mesmerizing narration. There are numerous audio productions of Kipling's stories, but no reader does a better job giving voice to Mowgli's friends and foes (Baloo, the bear; Bagheera, the black panther; Kaa, the rock python; and Shere Khan, the tiger) and re-creating the atmosphere of the Indian jungle setting through thoughtful phrasing and dramatic pacing. The touch of an Indian accent in Sharma's voice is a plus.
Kiplings' tales of Mowgli and his exciting life in the Indian jungle have been loved by children and adults alike ever since their publication in 1895. Mowgli the 'man-cub' must learn to fend for himself against terrible foes like Shere Khan the tiger, but he can always call upon his friends Baloo the Bear, Bagheera the Black Panther, and Kaa the Rock Python from whom he learns the Law of the jungle.
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This is one of the best narrators I've heard and is perfect for the subject, it's like an old wise Indian guru telling the stories for the first time, truly a gifted story teller. The set here includes most of the Mowgli stories from Kipling's "The Jungle Book" (1894) and "The Second Jungle Book" (1895). The stories included are: "Mowgli's Brother", "Kaa's Hunting", "Tiger! Tiger!", "Letting in the Jungle", "A King's Ankus" and "Red Dog" - plus the poem "The Law Of The Jungle" (which shows up in the middle of the "Mowgli's Brother" story). Most are abridged, some more than others, however the abridgments are fairly well done - I read along with the unabridged text (gutenberg.org) and could fill in the missing sections - in some cases I think the abridgments actually improved the story. I'm not usually one for abridgment but this is an exception, you can always read the full text, the narration here leaves the imprint that makes it come alive. Well recommended.
This narrator is so wonderful, the only complaint I have is that this version is abridged. I would love to hear more from Madhav Sharma, maybe even in some comtemporary fiction. More please!
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