Kim


Read by Adrian Praetzellis

(4.5 stars; 208 reviews)

Kim is a fabulous adventure story set in India during the former British Empire. It tells the story of a street-wise but (in typical Kipling fashion) highly moral Anglo-Indian boy who becomes enmeshed the “the Great Game” -– the competition between Britain and Russia for control over Asia. Taking time off from his role as the traveling companion of an aged Tibetan lama, the boy is trained as a spy, matches wits with various evildoers, and wins out in the end. So much more than just a spy story, Kim is one of the most enjoyable books that you will ever read -- or have read to you.

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) was born in Bombay, India. He was the author of many short stories and novels including The Jungle Book. (summary by Adrian Praetzellis)

(13 hr 8 min)

Chapters

Chapter 1 Part 1 37:17 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapter 1 Part 2 34:02 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapter 2 39:12 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapter 3 48:33 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapter 4 Part 1 19:44 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapter 4 Part 2 29:55 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapter 5 Part 1 22:12 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapter 5 Part 2 27:16 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapter 6 44:01 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapter 7 41:28 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapter 8 45:10 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapter 9 Part 1 26:58 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapter 9 Part 2 27:30 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapter 10 46:14 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapter 11 Part 1 37:48 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapter 11 Part 2 22:02 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapter 12 Part 1 35:40 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapter 12 Part 2 30:16 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapter 13 Part 1 27:51 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapter 13 Part 2 28:42 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapter 14 47:57 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapter 15 Part 1 26:47 Read by Adrian Praetzellis
Chapter 15 Part 2 41:45 Read by Adrian Praetzellis

Reviews

beautiful reading! deep story.

(4 stars)

the reader did a beautiful job. proper pausing and pitch. excellent voices. well done! this story is of an old india. it touches on religions & cultures of the time. this may be a very boring story to some, but others will find it deep and enjoyable. I liked it very much at times, and other times found myself googling terms used to understand things.

(5 stars)

What love Kim & his lama had for one another. Thanks for reading it so excellently now, if I can get these tears ,cleared up I'm going to start ""Kim" again.........

Excellent reading

(5 stars)

I find myself reading books that I may have never read thanks to Adrian. He really knows his business and you would never guess that he is a Professor of Anthropology at a university in California. His reading style is second to none in my humble opinion.

Kipling's India masterwork: Kim

(3.5 stars)

I thoroughly relished most of the reading. However, i found the voicing of the Lama distracting.

great reader, interesting story

(5 stars)

Many thanks to Adrian Praetzellis for a fantastic reading, including distinctive voices for each of the main characters. (The Lama is particularly well done.) The story itself starts a bit slow, but turns into quite an adventure. It's also an interesting look at India. There may well be some lurking imperialism, but to me the book seems clear evidence that Kipling loved India and its people.

Kim

(5 stars)

Well read with unique voice given for one of the characters which takes some time to acclimatize to. Lengthy story with excellent description of the times in early English colonization of India from various caste (lower) perspective at the time this was written. Good capture of the Tibetan spiritual thinking too. Thanks!

Kimmydo

(5 stars)

This has been my favorite book for over 50 years. My eyes do not allow me to read as much as I like. This program has been a god send. Thankyou

(4.5 stars)

A wonderful tale! Very entertaining. To those struggling with some of the names and terms, I’d suggest going to an online guide for each chapter of Kim at kiplingsociety.co.uk Although one reviewer stated that some words are not pronounced correctly or another said the old voices are grating and annoying, I was thankful that I did not have to stumble through this story on my own. As to a comment about racism, I had to laugh. The lasting message of Kim is about the search for enlightenment. Surely an enlightened being would be free of racist attitudes. If one feels that the peoples of India are painted in a negative light, I think that is countered by the charity that is shown to holy seekers and beggars. The British colonized India but they were far from perfect and Kipling poked fun at their high and mighty beliefs throughout the entire novel.