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Publisher's Summary

The complete collection of Kipling's classic tales. Includes "Mowgli's Brothers", "Hunting-Song of the Seeonee Pack", "Kaa's Hunting", "Road-Song of the Bandar-Log", "Tiger! Tiger!", "Mowgli's Song", "The White Seal", "Lukannon", "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi", "Darzee's Chant", "Toomai of the Elephants", "Shiv and the Grasshopper", "Her Majesty's Servants", and "Parade Song of the Camp Animals".

Public Domain (P)2015 Trout Lake Media

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Talk Talk Talk Talk

I did not enjoy this at all. It was mostly talk. The animals loved to have meetings and discuss. I don't know how a kid could enjoy this and the narrator kind of annoyed me. I could see where Disney could make it into something enjoyable, but not the written form.

44 of 49 people found this review helpful

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Really good please consider buying

The narrator was amazing and I was so happy when it included Riki tiki tavi to the rest of the jungle book

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great narration. The voices were simple

but very consistent. A nicely narrated authentic version of an imaginative story. Lots of folklore and plain language. Stories from this time period are always nice to listen to because the vocabulary is very descriptive and the grammar is wonderful. Love British narrators.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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a classic familiar in many ways

a classic that has lost much of its freshness and appeal. But because part of this tale has entered pop culture either directly or indirectly, there is an haha sense of discovery when reading this.

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Departing from the Praise

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I can see from the reviews that my opinion is in the minority- so I suppose nearly everyone else.

What was most disappointing about Rudyard Kipling’s story?

I guess the book is outdated for today's young audience. I was looking forward to listening to this with my five year old (maybe it was my fault for not understanding that this book is for a more mature audience- but I don't know how one would know that). Primarily, the book is racist, sexist, and brutal which are not good themes for impressionable children. I'm sure I would love the book if it I was only concerned about myself. Additionally, the performance was really droll- my children would fall asleep right away. We listen to audio books together every night after reading and falling asleep during a book is very unusual for them- they usually hang on every word.

Would you be willing to try another one of Peter Batchelor’s performances?

I don't think so.

Any additional comments?

If you are thinking this is a family book, I would wait until the children are mature enough to understand that the themes in this book are outdated and can just enjoy the literature instead of worrying about the messages it might be conveying.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Not The Disney Version

Interesting to listen to, entertaining. From Kipling's original story; not the kid-friendly Walt Disney animated version. Peter Batchelor gives a commendable performance with voice changing and expressive emotion. If you are into the classics, this is worth your time.

5 of 10 people found this review helpful

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My favorite store in the world the jungle book

My view of the jungle book is magical entertaining and the best and entertaining book in the world way better than any book I have ever read in the world

5 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • 08-19-17

A 'rippingly' good production.

You can listen to Snow White or Cinderella. And grow up yearning to be a princess. Or, you can follow the adventures of Mowgli and learn the law of the jungle. Would you rather grow up with glass slippers or a panther for a friend?
Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Books have been inspiring children to become adventurers, tree climbers, mountaineers, scouts and cheerful souls for over a hundred years. The stories are cleverly paced, well structured and above all, lots of fun, although there are a few scenes, such as when Mowgli leaves his mother wolf, when you almost want to cry along with him. This audiobook brings the stories to life. The narrator managed to bring a new dimension to the story. His voicing was excellent and he is very easy to listen to.
Overall, I received you purchase this book and play it to your children. Unless, of course, you actually want to be singing "let it go" for the rest of your life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-24-17

Fantastic books, great lessons, relevant for all

Peter Batchelor is a great narrator, who is very engaging. Extreamly relevant short stories with something to be learnt by everyone. ☆☆☆☆☆