Just So Stories (version 4)

Read by Tim Bulkeley (1948-2019)

(4.8 stars; 46 reviews)

The Just So Stories for Little Children are among Kipling's best known and loved works. This recording aims to be the first complete audio book of this title with nothing left out.

The Nobel prize-winning author's enjoyment in playing with the sounds and meanings of words is very evident throughout, and adds to adults' enjoyment of these stories for children. This playfulness is also dramatically present in the plotting. For both reasons these stories been loved by generations of children and adults alike. Because the writing plays with sound and meaning the Just So Stories are best enjoyed when read aloud.

As we all are, Kipling was a child of his time and social setting, so for example in "How the Leopard Got his Spots" he uses what one recent reviewer called "the N word" to refer to the Ethiopian. Each listener will need to examine critically both Kipling's attitudes and their own.

This recording of the Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling includes Kipling's descriptions of the pictures he drew for the book. These pictures can be found in a PDF file to accompany each chapter. As well as the twelve stories most often published under this title (from the first British edition) it also includes "The Tabu Tale" a thirteenth story (included in the first US edition). The last story Kipling wrote "Ham and the Porcupine" is also a just so story, but has not usually been collected with the others, and perhaps lacks their verve and wordplay. The Kipling Society publishes an excellent freely available online edition with a good set of notes on the text.

The stories are fanciful, and not intended to offer historical, scientific or religious accounts of the way things became. They are simply and exquisitely stories to enjoy.

So please enjoy them in this reading. (Introduction by Tim Bulkeley) (4 hr 2 min)


HOW THE WHALE GOT HIS THROAT 9:38 Read by Tim Bulkeley (1948-2019)
HOW THE CAMEL GOT HIS HUMP 9:15 Read by Tim Bulkeley (1948-2019)
HOW THE RHINOCEROS GOT HIS SKIN 8:06 Read by Tim Bulkeley (1948-2019)
HOW THE LEOPARD GOT HIS SPOTS 14:53 Read by Tim Bulkeley (1948-2019)
THE ELEPHANT'S CHILD 17:51 Read by Tim Bulkeley (1948-2019)
THE SING-SONG OF OLD MAN KANGAROO 10:12 Read by Tim Bulkeley (1948-2019)
THE BEGINNING OF THE ARMADILLOS 18:54 Read by Tim Bulkeley (1948-2019)
HOW THE FIRST LETTER WAS WRITTEN 21:12 Read by Tim Bulkeley (1948-2019)
HOW THE ALPHABET WAS MADE 26:05 Read by Tim Bulkeley (1948-2019)
THE CRAB THAT PLAYED WITH THE SEA 25:50 Read by Tim Bulkeley (1948-2019)
THE CAT THAT WALKED BY HIMSELF 25:37 Read by Tim Bulkeley (1948-2019)
THE TABU TALE 31:19 Read by Tim Bulkeley (1948-2019)
THE BUTTERFLY THAT STAMPED 23:50 Read by Tim Bulkeley (1948-2019)


My Favorite Version- Delightfully Read

(5 stars)

Mr. Bulkeley does an excellent job of reading this. He does great characterizations. Even the narrative text is given a lively cadence, particularly in The Sing-Song of Old Man Kangaroo. My favorite bedtime listening. NB: How the Leopard Got His Spots has the n-word. Mr. Bulkeley does a good job of downplaying it.

Sweet stories, amazing reader

(5 stars)

The best beloved Rudyard Kipling stories. Tim Bulkely brings the stories to life. Hearing a strong baritone speak in a lady butterfly's voice is one of the higher points of my Librivox life haha

Loved it!

(5 stars)

The reader brought these childhood stories to life wonderfully.

Professional Quality

(5 stars)

Tim Bulkeley's reading of the Just So Stories (and his other reading) is spectacular. You can feel the enthusiasm and emotion Tim puts into his readings. I've played his readings for my children and they love it. Thanks Tim! Please record more books.

(5 stars)

Dear Tim, I have really loved your reading of the Just So Stories and have listened to them many times. For me, you truly capture Kipling's intentions to entertain, educate, and love his child/ren. Thank you so much.

soo good

(4.5 stars)

I really like it but bro don't do the description of the pictures

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(5 stars)