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Editorial Reviews

Rudyard Kippling's irresistible language is brought to a new level with Cindy Hardin Killavey's performance of Riki Tiki-Tavi. This famous excerpt from The Jungle Book centers on the adventures of a heroic mongoose with pink eyes. There is nothing like listening to Kippling's delightful world of animals in action. Killavey's lyric narration and Walter Zimmerman's virtuosic rendition of characters makes this audiobook a wonderful companion for anyone who wishes to travel the world without moving an inch.

Publisher's Summary

This is a selection from The Jungle Book, in which a mongoose saves the day.

Public Domain (P)1980 Jimcin Recordings

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  • bb
  • 04-07-16

superb

I can picture this story in my mind like it was the film. Excellent narration .

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India, a dangerous place

Both the story and the narrator were excellent. Riki-Tiki is indeed a brave, and swift, mongoose.

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Awesome!

I loved this book!💖I recommend this book to people who like intense storys.🐱😺😸😄🐈🐕🐆🐅🐬🐳🕊🐿🐇🐩🐈🐕🐾🐉🐲✨🍪🍩 🍥🍕🍕🍞🍯🍓🍇🍉🍏🍒🍉🧀🍔🌮🍭🍦🍿🎂🍡⚽️🎹🎭 📱🔦💡haaaaaaaaaa, yay.

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classic

always a classic piece of work. I used to watch the cartoon as a kid

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Childhood. Favorite

Great old story, one of my childhood v favorites. I like it better than the jungle book

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  • Vorthe
  • Audubon, NJ, United States
  • 03-26-15

Classic story

One of my all time favorite short stories. The narrators did a good job bringing it to life.

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A classic

A classic story
One of my favorites from childhood.
The narrator has a pleasant voice and a fair reading style.

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great childhood memory

Would you listen to Riki-Tiki-Tavi again? Why?

Yes

Who was your favorite character and why?

the lead character of course!

What about Walter Zimmerman and Cindy Hardin Killavey ’s performance did you like?

voices and intonations were similar to my imagination when i read it as a child and when it was produced as a short animated film

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Great simple story!

I had always watched the cartoon as a child and it was neat to hear the short story read.

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Good childrens story, but---

Where does Riki-Tiki-Tavi rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Well, considering I am rating the audiobook, not so much the book, I'd say that Riki.T.T. is kind of low actually. I was recommended it as an introduction to how Kipling writes (by a major Kipling fan), and while I do very much like the story, the narrator for this book was disappointing.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Favorite character was actually the male bird. Despite being not so bright, I liked him for his slow of mind way.

How could the performance have been better?

The performance itself was...less than par. The narrator did do her best to add emphasis and emotion to the story- which she did. I appreciate that, however, her voice was not what I would have chosen for this book. All but two of the characters in the book were male, so I'm not certain why a female was chose to read the story. I am also a bit picky though, preferring the narrators gender to match the author or the majority of characters genders.

The audio quality on this particular audio book was also very poor. You can hear strange audio ghosts from the narrators voice as you listen. Almost like a muffled echo.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I personally like Riki's first kill.

Any additional comments?

Perhaps re-record with same narrator if you must? This audio seems old.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful