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This quintessentially English poem is in the form of a father’s advice to his son on transitioning into manhood. Phillip J. Mather’s masterful delivery poignantly captures Kipling’s inspirational and timeless philosophy.

Public Domain (P)2014 Phillip J. Mather

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A classic poem wonderfully narrated.

Would you listen to If again? Why?

Definitely, it is a wonderfully inspirational poem. It was given to my husband a long time ago by his father and has been his favourite poem ever since. It hangs in our office and I love it too, it was really nice to hear it narrated.

Which character – as performed by Phillip J. Mather – was your favorite?

Phillip J. Mather's quintessentially British voice is perfect for the narration, it epitomises the true British strength of character. Rudyard Kipling's inspiration for this poem was Leander Starr Jameson a man whose characteristics Rudyard recommended young people to live by, all those years ago.. However, the words he wrote still ring true today.

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

I found Phillip J Mather's narration sent shivers down my spine and made me proud to be British.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Susan
  • Richmond, VA
  • 08-10-14

Classic poem beautifully narrated

I love this poem for its timeless power to provoke the same reaction. I always feel like I’ve been picked up by my boot straps and reminded of who I can be. Phillip J. Mather is the perfect narrator for this landmark poem that everyone should hear and own to play again and again. A very special recording.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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If

This is a very short but nice classic poem about a father telling his son what it takes to become a man. The narrator has a deep appealing accent that was a perfect fit for this piece.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Inspirational Poem

What did you love best about If?

The challenging lessons of life along with encouragement and inspiration.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Rudyard Kipling because of the meaningfulness in what he conveyed

What about Phillip J. Mather’s performance did you like?

I just loved his performance - he brings the story and its meaning alive!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, I would, but this was just a short excerpt which I enjoyed.

Any additional comments?

I could listen to Phillip Mather's narrations forever!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Short and Great

What does Phillip J. Mather bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Mr. Mather brings the quintessential British finesse to IF that would be absent if anyone else were to narrate. He's delivery is perfect.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Swimmingly spoken poem

Smooth delivery of a great Brit favourite. If only we painted pictures of modern masculinity in similar prose and people actually read or listened to it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful