Puck of Pook's Hill


Read by icyjumbo (1964-2010)

(4.2 stars; 19 reviews)

Puck of Pook's Hill is a children's book by Rudyard Kipling, published in 1906, containing a series of short stories set in different periods of history. The stories are all told to two children living near Pevensey by people magically plucked out of history by Puck. (Summary from Wikipedia) (5 hr 57 min)

Chapters

Puck's Song• Weland's Sword 35:13 Read by icyjumbo (1964-2010)
A Tree Song• Young Men at the Manor 36:27 Read by icyjumbo (1964-2010)
Sir Richard's Song • Harp Song of the Dane Women• The Knights of the Joyous Ven… 45:32 Read by icyjumbo (1964-2010)
Thorkild's Song• Old Men at Pevensey 42:23 Read by icyjumbo (1964-2010)
The Runes on Weland's Sword• A Centurion of the Thirtieth 31:27 Read by icyjumbo (1964-2010)
A British-Roman Song• On the Great Wall 35:30 Read by icyjumbo (1964-2010)
A Song to Mithras• The Winged Hats 36:24 Read by icyjumbo (1964-2010)
A Pict Song• Hal o' the Draft 30:47 Read by icyjumbo (1964-2010)
A Smugglers' Song • The Bee Boy's Song• 'Dymchurch Flit' 29:45 Read by icyjumbo (1964-2010)
A Three-Part Song • Song of the Fifth River• The Treasure and the Law •The Chil… 33:40 Read by icyjumbo (1964-2010)

Reviews

Fanciful yet factual

(4 stars)

With all the renewed interest in fantasy over the past decade, the 102 year old historical fantasy, Puck of Pook's Hill, deserves consideration. Two early 20th century children, living in Pevensey, England, have a chance encounter with the legendary Puck, who undertakes to bring them a series of first hand accounts of the history of their region. Puck introduces them to eye witnesses to such events as the Norman Conquest, the waning of the Roman occupation, and the dissolution of the monasteries. As the historic individuals relate their tales, they are suitable impressed with the children's abilities to resolve some of the mysteries that were not understood in their times. The selections of Kipling's poetry that accompany each chapter are related thematically, and pleasingly rhythmic. Recommended for grade level 4 and up through adults.

interesting set of short stories

(4 stars)

Personally I would skip the poems that introduce each chapter, but that probably says more about me than about the book... Also: much to my disappointment, Kipling's "sequel" (Rewards and Fairies) didn't measure up at all.

Classic Kipling

(5 stars)

The book was not what I expected, I was pleasantly surprised. Kipling did a great job of taking Britain's history and weaving it into a very enjoyable story. The reader did an excellent job.

tiresome

(2 stars)

unfortunately I found the archaic language in accessible and rather tiresome to listen to I could not recommend this book but however I appreciate it could appeal to quite a few others

Delightful and Important

(5 stars)

Something for everyone: great literature, and a lesson about storytelling that passes on the importance of western civilization through beautiful stories and beautiful language.

fun history

(5 stars)

Amazing book and great history. I love this book. Do not skip any part. Wish it could’ve lasted longer.

Wonderfully read story delving into British history.

(5 stars)