Kensuke’s Kingdom

Narrated by: Derek Jacobi
Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (47 ratings)

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A desert-island adventure, and a subtle observation of friendship, trust and humanity.

Winner of The Children’s Book Award.

Superbly read by DEREK JACOBI.

When Michael is washed up on an island in the Pacific after falling from his parents’ yacht, he struggles to survive on his own. He can’t find food and he can’t find water, and as Michael and his dog curl up to sleep, he knows they cannot last long.

But he soon realises there is someone close by, someone who is watching over him and helping him to stay alive. Following a close-run battle between life and death, the mysterious stranger – Kensuke – allows Michael into his world and they become friends, teaching and learning from each other, until the day of separation becomes inevitable.

©2011 HarperCollins Publishers Limited (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"This is a wonderful book, a modern day Robinson Crusoe and is simply too good to miss." (Wendy Cooling)

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A rare gem

This is a book you will want to read/hear. Eloquent and captivating, Derek Jacobi does an amazing job as narrator (of course!), :) and the story is masterfully written.

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a nice little story.

I picked this story because it seemed like a short story compared to the books I normally listen to. I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed it very much.And I plan to tell my son about it so he can let his son listen to it also.

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WOW! JUST WOW!

A very heartwarming story. I know my children would love this (I review audiobooks first before I let them have it). Younger children might find the narration dry at first due to their limited vocabulary but as the story unfolds they will be hooked. I love how Derek Jacobi perform in Japanese accent. I also love the fact that we can maximize this for our homeschool. A MUST TO BE IN YOUR LIBRARY.

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  • vin
  • 06-09-13

Enjoyable

Whilst I could probably listen to Derek Jacobi read the telephone directory and enjoy listening to it - the whole story is highly enjoyable. I always find that, whilst Michael Morpurgo writes for "children", they are highly enjoyable by adults too ( perhaps its the big kid in all of us?)

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  • Jason
  • 04-09-13

Masterpiece...

I was so impressed by this novel that I decided to use it as part of my English teaching programme. The narration is absolutely superb and had the children completely captivated each morning.

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  • Mrs
  • 02-21-12

A touching story, read very well indeed.

This story come's alive in one's mind, the voice over is done so well, I love his English in 'Japanese accent'.
The music added a bit of flavor to it and all in all a really touching story, read very well indeed.

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  • Fatima begum
  • 01-16-20

Awesome book

Great book loved the scene and the way how it’s set
It’s good if u like stories with a good adventure overall 100/5

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  • Miss Sophie A Pollard
  • 09-10-19

Can listen to over and over again. Love it.

To me this is a timeless classic I first read the book when I was at school and I love delving back in and hearing of Micheals adventure and the friendship with Kensuke shows that there is no age limit for those who care

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  • Daniel Staples
  • 08-19-19

Great story, well told

Great story, well told. Our family (youngest 6) enjoyed this very much. It made our long journey to Scotland go well.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-31-19

a short review

loved it truely heartwarming, wonderful performance by Derek something that listening to again after so many years

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  • L
  • 07-09-19

Excellent story

Great book, I listened to this first when I was a child and now as an adult and still love it

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  • Niamh Cooney
  • 01-21-20

OUTSTANDING

Beautifully read. It had me hooked from the start. I'll definitely be recommending this book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-25-19

fantastic

Old childhood book brought back to life! will be reading this to my family forever

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