Audiobook narrator Flo Gibson gives a spirited, theatrical reading of Rudyard Kipling's beloved children's stories in The Jungle Books. Gibson captures Kipling's warmth and the humor - a more dry, austere brand than that of the rollicking Disney version - in her performance of these classic stories set in the Indian Jungle. Reunite with Ricki-Tikki-Tavi, the noble mongoose, Mowgli, the boy raised by wolves, and the murderous Shere Khan. With their light touch and moral lessons, the stories in The Jungle Books are still among the most important children's tales ever told.
Set in faraway India and the Aleutians, the animals and humans who inhabit Kipling's Jungle Books have been children's favorites for generations. Book I introduces the black panther Bagheera, the lame and evil tiger Shere Khan, the rock python Kaa, the brown bear Baloo who teaches the wolf cubs the Law of the Jungle, the man cub Mowgli who lives with the wolves, Toomai of the elephants, and many others. Though the stories and characters are exotic, the themes they address are universal ones: courage, loyalty, and adventure. Stories include: "Mowgli's Brothers," "Kaa's Hunting," "Tiger-Tiger!", "The White Seal," "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi," "Toomai of the Elephants," and "Servants of the Queen."
(P)1981 by Recorded Books, Inc.; Cover Art ©1992 by Bobbi Tull
"The combination of the rich, dramatic voice of Washington actress Flo Gibson and the mastery of Kipling's prose is absolutely spellbinding! Wonderful to take with you on those long drives to grandmother's house.¿" (Parent's Choice Magazine)
This is a pretty good performance of the wonderful Kipling stories I grew up with around the fireplace. The narrator's voice is sometimes kind of creepy enough to be distracting (it almost sounds like the demon in the Exorcist). But if you love these stories or want your kids to know the real Mogli, Bagiera, Caa, and Balu, this is a good way to do it (but not late at night in the dark). Also includes Rikki Tikki Tavi. This is not the Disney version, either -- there are some scary and violent stories so I wouldn't recommend it for much younger than 10 or 12 year olds (example is the clubbing of seals and the attack on the village of Mogli's parents). It does not condone violence, but it doesn't always condemn it either -- treats it well as a fact of life. Just not recommended for kids who have nightmares or are disturbed by violence. I'm not 100 percent sure this is really unabridged, either. The stories themselves clearly are, but I'm relatively certain that not all of them are included.
The book, of course, is wonderful. But, the narrator sounds like she is underwater and we couldn't understand a word she said.
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