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The Great Poets: Rudyard Kipling

Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
Categories: Classics, Poetry
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As poetry often is read aloud in schools and at poetry slams, many listeners may have high standards for spoken verse. Happily, this fine production meets those expectations and reminds us that poetry is meant to be read aloud. Three very different but excellent readers present all of Kipling's standards in this beautifully packaged presentation, including "If," "Danny Deever," "Gunga Din," "Mandalay," and "Boots." Even some lesser-known works, such as "Gods of the Copy Book," appear. Each of the able narrators manages to sound different from poem to poem, matching the pacing and the tone of the contemplative pieces, as well as the rousers. This is a reminder of why many of Kipling's lines have become part of our lexicon.

Publisher's Summary

This anthology of Kipling's most famous poems - including "If", "Mandalay", "Gunga Din" - is taken from Naxos AudioBooks' Great Poets series. Though sometimes still regarded as a product of the colonial era, Kipling touches a very popular nerve in Britain's literary tradition and is regarded more generously now as a master of popular verse. It is often forgotten that he won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1907.

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  • Mary
  • WESTERLO, NY, United States
  • 11-10-12

Clearly read , even the young will like.

Well presented, exciting to listen to. The poem's have such life I was drown into the spirit of them. Now I understand So mine familiar quotes.

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  • Gabriel
  • San Francisco, CA
  • 07-04-16

Wonderful!

One of my best buys! Great selection. Includes some of Kipling's lesser works. Strongly recommend.

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Lest We Forget - Kipling.

I sit with moist eyes. The fashionable world looks down its nose and Kipling cares not a jot, but warns us in poem after poem that this is how the world is. Put aside all preconceptions and open your heart to a mind that can see deeper into our reality from his time than any contemporary.
Exquisitely read; deeply moving. Shockingly current!

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  • Anna
  • 08-19-11

My blind date with Kipling

You simply don't know what you are buying, because on the site of Audible there is no such a thing like the full list of poems. You also cannot choose which one of them you want to listen at a time because the anthology is not divided into the tracks. The matter concerns not only this audiobook but also others records of poetry.

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