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The Jungle Book: The Mowgli Stories

Written by: Rudyard Kipling
Length: 2 hrs and 30 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (78 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of the 2016 Audie Award for Best Audio Drama
Winner of the 2016 Audie Award for Excellence in Production

The magical storytelling and unforgettable characters in Bev Doyle and Richard Kurti's audio adaptation of this children's classic have been brought to life by many well-known voices from film, TV, radio and comedy.

Audible recommends an audience age of eight years plus for this title.

This is an Audible Original Podcast. Free for members. You can download all 9 episodes to your Library now.

©1894 Rudyard Kipling (P)2015 Audible, Ltd.

Critic Reviews

 Episode reviews from Audible members:

"Really enjoyable story. I really enjoyed listening to this story, containing a rich mix of voices and sounds that kept me gripping the steering wheel on my daily commute." - Mr A Barnes

"Forget Disney. This was absolutely spellbinding, both the stories and the acting, a pure delight to listen to." - Ron

"Simply incredible. Easily the best audiobook I've heard. The background sounds take you to the jungles of India whilst the incredible cast give added depth to the characters not seen before." - Amazon Customer

"Just beautiful. I absolutely loved this! Everything was just beautiful! The voices were perfect the pace was just right ... I've fallen in love with The Jungle Book all over again." - Clh77

"A brilliant performance of a much loved story. The listener is transported to the Indian jungle complete with an atmospheric background and a cast of excellent actors who do full justice to this wonderful story. I especially enjoyed Richard E Grant's performance as the hissing python, Kaa." - Lesley

"The best ever audio book. This is a full movie without visuals. The characters are voiced so well, the music and sound effects take you to another place entirely. Rudyard Kipling’s age old story is new and fresh, forget Disney! This is the authentic telling. A delight to hear time and again." - Mrs. Y. M. Mariess

"Incredible Performances. I thoroughly enjoyed this performance of The Jungle Book. The entire cast were exceptional and I especially loved Colin Salmon as Bagheera. Normally I'm quite picky about atmospheric sounds however I felt that in this case the background was brilliant. I felt like I could nearly see what was going on. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for something not too long but very entertaining." - Pamela

"MAGICAL. I really recommend this audio book, beautifully cast, and perfect for children or adults. I would just remind people that this is Kipling's delicious and sometimes slightly dark version not Disney's! Beautiful, beautiful stuff. Download it immediately." - Irena Jean Wieczerzynska

"A Sunday Afternoon Treat. From beginning to end this production was top class. The finest of voice actors brought this book to life. The music and sound added greatly to my enjoyment of the tale. I would recommend this audio to my friends. It was good to have this story by the talented Rudyard Kipling brought to life and I will certainly attempt some more of his work." - alan  

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Great performances, ambience. Mispronounced words.

The performances are excellent(especially by young Mowgli). The ambience of the jungle is well created. But, mispronounced words made me, well, smile. The Ch is Cheel, is pronounced ch as in cheese, not ch as in charade. Mowgli is a proper name, so calling him Mau-galli instead of Mow (as in mowing a lawn) + glee is an acceptable error. Does not distract from the experience of an otherwise wonderful production.

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loved it

my first audible and enjoyed every bit of it. I was sceptical about audio books. now I'm a convert!

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Made me cry

It was like I was transferred to the Indian jungle of Rudyard Kiplong's books, too!

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A wonderful production!

Loved it for certain! The background score and sounds were so real, it made it flawlessly easy to visualize like a motion picture. Fabulous work by the team.

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Absolutely beautifully done!

Voice cast was perfect and kept me gripped. Music, sound effects were stellar! Must download.

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loveed it!

amazing narration and music, took me back to my childhood, used to watch the cartoons while I was in nursery!

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Beautifully realistic

A very good Immersive audiobook, very good narration, surrounding ambiance, enjoyed it a lot provided a great bit of relaxation

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Fantastic listen

it was beautifully processed, nostalgic and must listen. stress buster!! kudos to the team! thank you for breathing life to jungle and making the story alive!

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Nice Audio book

Loved it! Narrator and characters were good. Language and Pronunciation were clear. Background music was good too.

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great for kids only if they didn't watch the movie

except for a few changes, the story was nearly the same but it was engaging enough as a one timer. However, the narration could have been better.

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  • Ian Scott
  • 17-12-18

Excellent stories well produced

Kipling's stories are so engrossing and entertaining. The vibe actors have done a marvelous job in bring the various characters to life. Very enjoyable.

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  • Keeley Dossi
  • 06-09-18

Outstanding perfromances all round

I downloaded this on a whim and never expected to enjoy this so much. The performances bring this classic to life. Something I would happily return to again and again.

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  • Miss S L Parker
  • 13-02-19

Good story - terribly fast narration!

It was very fast compared to the books and overall an unpleasant experience. Stick with the original!

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  • Cliente de Kindle
  • 13-03-20

classic

loved the way it was read. very good. lm really pleased I have finally read the whole story.

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  • Hormozi
  • 07-03-20

A lovely reminder of my youth

As a boy I loved the jungle book. This was a well narrated audio book that brought old memories flooding back. Cannot believe this is available free of charge!

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  • Mike P
  • 02-03-20

Great adaptation of classic book

So much more to the story than the film with beautiful language. My children loved it.

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  • M. Kovac
  • 15-12-19

for 8-10 year olds

Play it to a 5 year old and you'll have fun sleeping on the edge of your bed while the little oppressor sleeping in the middle (taking up space of 2 people) demands that you protect them from scary jungle creatures lurking under theirs. It's good but heed my warning. It ain't for preschoolers.

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  • G. Kilshaw
  • 04-02-19

Excellent interpretation

This piece is a wonderful dramatisation if the jungle book. It’s vivid imagery is faithfully portrayed by a host of well known names to perfection. It was a book I didn’t want to put down, and would highly recommend.

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  • James
  • 07-08-19

Unbearable hissing noise

While it's a nice touch to add sound effects, it's prohibitive to enjoying the performance in places. Chapter two opens with a hissing background noise, possibly intended to be water. It's not in the background enough though and competes with the narration and performance. Very disappointing.

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  • Joy
  • 12-09-20

Great performance

a beautiful story well performed by fantastic artists. I loved every sentence of the tale.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-03-19

Wonderful.

Voices, sounds and song well mingled. I don't usually like multiple-cast readings, but this was just enchanting. Really well done.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-02-19

Beautifully presented!

This is an exquisite reading of the jungle book. Thankyou! I thoroughly enjoyed the dramatic show, and although it was rewritten for this it was well done and true to the original.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-04-20

A delightful listen!

Love every little details in this production. A wide range of characters' voices, great collection of nature sounds (water running, insects in the background, crackling of dry leaves, footsteps on the ground, etc). This production gives you the satisfaction of when all your jigsaw puzzle pieces fit so beautifully to each other without violence required on your part. Just close your eyes and drift into the life of the jungle. Special mention to Carr the sssssssssnake! Recommend this to all the old and young people who need to give their eyes some time off to just rest, listen, imagine and smile.

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  • Lynnette
  • 08-03-20

Thoroughly enjoyable

Just love Kipling stories. Excellent narration/acting. Certainly a good freebie for a pod cast. Timeless and ageless in my opinion

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  • mel
  • 24-02-20

amazing performance.

made the story come alive. I thourougly enjoyed this audio book. thankyou for making it

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  • Leon
  • 06-02-20

Leon's Review

highly captivating. veritable charming. I loved every nuance of this story. the animal characters are so lovable

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  • Georgina D
  • 01-01-20

loved it

great stories, narration brilliant. loved every minute of this series. would recommend to children and adults alike.

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  • Mordsith
  • 30-08-20

I loved it

as a child I couldn't stop watching the movie's or the storybook as an adult it was a fun reread and listening.

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  • Kunal Kumar
  • 25-08-20

A treat for all ages!

Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book is brought to life in this Audible Dramatisation and one can't help but reminisce these stories that I read as a kid.

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  • Jane Stringer
  • 21-07-20

Wonderful Story, Wonderfully Read

I listen to my books whilst walking for exercise (I’m 70yrs) and these headphones are so comfortable I forget I’m wearing them! My husband came out to see me and he was absolutely enchanted watching me walking with a big smile on my face.😁😀😁