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The Man-Eating Leopard of Rudraprayag

Written by: Jim Corbett
Narrated by: Adnan Kapadia
Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (49 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Most of Jim Corbett's books contain collections of stories that recount adventures tracking and shooting man-eaters in the Indian Himalayas. This volume, however, consists of a single story, often considered the most exciting of all Corbett's jungle tales. He gives a carefully detailed account of a notorious leopard that terrorized life in the hills of the colonial United Provinces. This story represents Corbett's most sustained and unique effort.

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Brilliant book, very poor narration

A brilliant tale brought alive by the author’s amazing ability to weave even the smallest fact or detail (like the rustling of leaves with the wind blowing, distinct chirp of one bird from the other, description of winding roads along the forest, open glades of land, thornbush or scrubwood.... and many more) seemlessly into the narrative. To engaged readers/listeners, it’s a journey through the woods alongwith the man himself ! ...... such a great piece of work is accompanied with narration that is in one word ‘shoddy, and appalling’. The monotone misses to capture the tense moments, which come interspersed with the lighter ones when Corbett is taking in the sights and sounds of Garhwal. The pronunciation makes it difficult to catch some words, and is awful at places (by audiobook standards). The mimicry of the local people speaking (in a tone and pace different to Corbett) only makes the audio sound funny in those moments, and does not contribute to the listening experience. Much more care is expected while handling such timeless pieces of classic ! Hence the 4 stars for overall experience (in two minds whether should downgrade to 3 because of the narration), else the standalone tale always deserves a 5.

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Super bad narration

The narration will make you fall asleep. The beautiful story has been ruthlessly murdered with such a narration

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Utter dissatisfaction.

The orator tries to mimic british accent, and fails epically. Never going to listen to him again.

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Rivetting journey to a century old tale

Having been a fan of the genre for long, I was looking forward to listening to this book.
Corbett paints vivid pictures of an India , steering clear of the politics and subjugation by the Raj, instead sticking to the bountiful richness of the Garhwal region's natural beauty, its fauna and most of all its lovable people. His encounter with the leopard is more of the leopard's numerous encounters with the people , much like a serial killer tale told through the eyes of the cop tailing him/her. Only, the bleakness of the serial killer genre is replaced with the verdant beauty of the region and mountainous courage shown by all the people involved (given that it is 'based on a true story'), most of all Corbett himself!

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looking for more

excellent writer. looking for more audible audio books from Jim Corbett. do let me know.

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A century old 8 year curfew imposed by a beast

A gripping tale from the pen of a Britisher who loved Indians and who the Indians loved.
The story of how a man-eating leopard terrorised the brave people of Garhwal for 8 long years and cost 150 lives : men, women and children.
Col James Corbett put an end to the terror with persistence and rare physical plus mental robustness; in this region which lies in the pilgrimage route to Badrinath and Kedarnath.
A well narrated story that is compelling to hear.

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Great book, Bad reading!

Narrator is boring and reading plain like a blank page!
His double voice is pathetic.

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Good book

very interesting gives real knowledge of hills forest peaple and animals. good nice wonderful readable

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A thrilling true story.

I have had an amazing time listening to this book. The narrator has done a very good job and I have taken interest in every part of the story. the description of the Indian jungle and people back then, is amazing and the great hunter who brings so. much knowledge is yet humble to talk about his fears makes it a complete read.

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A masterpiece amazingly performed by Adnan Kapadia

amazingly read with excellent narration and superb voice modulation. It takes you to the era when canines roamed the jungles free, when Kumaon was less infested by greedy mankind and nature's beauty was at its best.