Puck of Pook's Hill (version 2)

Read by Nick Whitley

(4.6 stars; 15 reviews)

'Puck of Pook's Hill' is a fantasy book by Rudyard Kipling, published in 1906, containing a series of short stories set in different periods of English history. It can count both as historical fantasy – since some of the stories told of the past have clear magical elements, and as contemporary fantasy – since it depicts a magical being active and practising his magic in the England of the early 1900s when the book was written.

The stories are all narrated to two children living near Burwash, in the area of Kipling's own house Bateman's, by people magically plucked out of history by the elf Puck, or told by Puck himself. (Puck, who refers to himself as "the oldest Old Thing in England", is better known as a character in William Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream.) The genres of particular stories range from authentic historical novella (A Centurion of the Thirtieth, On the Great Wall) to children's fantasy (Dymchurch Flit). Each story is bracketed by a poem which relates in some manner to the theme or subject of the story. - Summary by Wikipedia (7 hr 11 min)


Weland's Sword 44:53 Read by Nick Whitley
Young Men at the Manor 41:59 Read by Nick Whitley
The Knights of the Joyous Venture 53:57 Read by Nick Whitley
Old Men at Pevensey 51:06 Read by Nick Whitley
A Centurion of the Thirtieth 36:28 Read by Nick Whitley
On the Great Wall 43:25 Read by Nick Whitley
The Winged Hats 44:32 Read by Nick Whitley
Hal o' the Draft 38:38 Read by Nick Whitley
'Dymchurch Flit' 35:59 Read by Nick Whitley
The Treasure and the Law 40:44 Read by Nick Whitley


interesting set of short stories

(4 stars)

An enjoyable set of mini adventures that also convey some history. 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. I originally listened to the earlier LibriVox recording, but I very much like Nick Whitley's reading too. See also: The Children of the New Forest (version 2).

young ears approve

(5 stars)

Our sons really enjoy this narrator, & love retelling the stories of Weland's Sword & the Knights of Joyous Venture. We began listening after our first Shakespeare performance, Midsummer Night's Dream, when they asked if there were any more stories about Puck.

(5 stars)

Excellent book and excellent reading. Occasionally one may hear a word emphasized out of keeping with the meaning of the sentence, but it is more than made up for by the rich character voicing.

A Wonderful Story

(5 stars)

A very fun and imaginative story. I liked it a lot. The narration was good too, although it could have been a bit louder.

Puck of Pook’s Hill , version 2

(5 stars)

Wonderful reading by Nick Whitley brings my favorite childhood book to life!