06-30-09

10hrs 18min

Abridgement

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06-30-09

10hrs 18min

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Fiction/Classics

Description

“Masterful.” Boston Globe

Kimball O’Hara is an Irish orphan, but he runs free in the streets of India. As a boy, he shows self-reliance and resourcefulness, running errands for Mahbub Ali, who works for the British Secret Service. Kim also meets a Tibetan lama who is on a quest to be freed from the Wheel of Life and becomes his disciple. Together they have wonderful adventures on the exotically colorful Grand Trunk Road through the Indian countryside. Then Kim is pulled into the great game of British imperial espionage and becomes a member of the Secret Service, even capturing documents from the enemy spies. Yet Kim is greatly attached to the lama and begins to feel the conflicting pulls between a life of contemplation and one of action.

Kiplilng’s love for India and its people is evidient throughout this classic story, and its images and characters will stay with you long after you finish the final chapter.

Praise

“Masterful.” Boston Globe

“The book is noteworthy for its nostalgic, colorful depiction of Indian culture, especially the diverse exotica of street life.” Merriam Webster’s Encyclopedia of Literature

“[Kipling] chronicled the poorest of Irish orphans…forced to choose between playing the ‘Great Game’ involving the contending imperial powers Britain and Russia and the teachings of a Buddhist lama—as fine a portrait of ethnic and religious crosscurrents and multiculturalism as there is.” Los Angeles Times

“Mr. Kipling’s last work is, to my mind, his best, and not easily comparable with the work of any other man.” The Atlantic

“The finest novel in the English language with an Indian theme but also one of the greatest of English novels in spite of the theme.” Nirad C. Chaudhuri, author and cultural commentator

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Language English
Release Day Jun 29, 2009
Release Date June 30, 2009
Release Date Machine 1246320000
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Craig Black
Categories Classics, Literature & Fiction, Classics, Literature & Fiction
Author Bio
Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936) was born of English parents in Bombay, India. At seventeen, he began work as a journalist and over the next seven years established an international reputation with his stories and verses of Indian and army life, including such classics as The Jungle Book and Kim. In 1907 he became the first English writer to receive the Nobel Prize.

Narrator Bio
Geoffrey Howard

Geoffrey Howard (a.k.a. Ralph Cosham) (1936–2014) was a British journalist who changed careers to become a narrator and screen and stage actor. He performed in more than one hundred professional theatrical roles. His audiobook narrations were named “Audio Best of the Year” by Publishers Weekly, and he won seven AudioFile Earphones Awards, and in 2013 he won the coveted Audie Award for Best Mystery Narration for his reading of Louise Penny’s The Beautiful Mystery.

Overview

Kimball O’Hara is an Irish orphan, but he runs free in the streets of India. As a boy, he shows self-reliance and resourcefulness, running errands for Mahbub Ali, who works for the British Secret Service. Kim also meets a Tibetan lama who is on a quest to be freed from the Wheel of Life and becomes his disciple. Together they have wonderful adventures on the exotically colorful Grand Trunk Road through the Indian countryside. Then Kim is pulled into the great game of British imperial espionage and becomes a member of the Secret Service, even capturing documents from the enemy spies. Yet Kim is greatly attached to the lama and begins to feel the conflicting pulls between a life of contemplation and one of action.

Kiplilng’s love for India and its people is evidient throughout this classic story, and its images and characters will stay with you long after you finish the final chapter.

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