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This rich, wonderfully written classic features two opportunists who venture into remote Central Asia with the intention of acquiring a country to rule. Their adventures meet with surprising initial success but then.....

This story is widely regarded as a masterpiece. Its combination of an excellently delivered tale interwoven with deeper speculations is outstanding. This story is read for you by Richard Mitchley who has worked in theatres throughout Britain as well as with the BBC and ITV and his own Mayfly Theatre company.

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  • Bruce
  • Olympia, WA United States
  • 12-12-11

Film surpasses the book, but I still enjoyed it!

My LOVE of the film brought me to this story. Had I never seen the movie I still would've enjoyed this story. But the movie is one of those very rare cases where the conversion to film exceeds the richness of the written word. This a great story and I encourage you to buy this work and see the film, I'm happy I have!

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The book is just like the movie.

Worth the listen to. Worth the read. Worth the viewing of the movie. You won't be disappointed. Rudyard Kipling at his best. Wonder why this book wasn't longer and perhaps more sub-plots etc. Never the less a very enjoyable couple of hours listening entertainment.

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  • Tim
  • Dallas, TX, United States
  • 04-30-12

Excellent

Where does Rudyard Kipling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I was first introduced to this story line by the Movie starring Sean Connery and was pleased to find that it was closely scriped with the book.<br/>The book was better and I throughly enjoyed the imagry and conversational tones which were excellently portrayed.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Rudyard Kipling?

Near the end how the main character displayed courage, honor and a depth of character.

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

Yes, though a poignant portrayal of greed, insensitivity to developing conditions and the source of good fortune, it was funny in parts, sad in others. But through it all at the end of the day men can rise above themselves.

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Superbly Presented Classic

Considering the waste of lives and treasure spent trying to conquer Afghanistan, this tale is as valid as it was 100 years ago.

It's almost embarrassing to to hear the naive tale and learn of the tragic ending.

Chris Reich

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  • Mr
  • 02-11-13

good stuff

well read by richard mitchley the whole story was good. the style of the writting was very good, i have had not other experiance of kiplings work but after this i will find more of his stuff

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-13-17

There is a weird audio delay in this version of the audiobook

There is a weird audio delay in this version of the audiobook. Very offputting. Every spoken word is echoed a few seconds later at a very low volume. Ugh.