I have mentioned that we love audio books here in “The Mad House”. They are great for encouraging kids to read and really bring stories to life. We have been listening to The Jungle Book – The Mowgli Stories by Rudyard Kipling. Read on to see just what we thought about it…..
The Jungle Book – The Mowgli Stories
First off, this is not an audio book for little children. It is not the Disney version of the story, it is the classic story from Rudyard Kipling. I would say if you have kids of 8 and above this is a great book, but do listen to it first if you have children of sensitive nature.
We loved this book, it is spellbinding and once you start listening you really want to listen to it all. The narrator’s ( Bill Bailey, Richard E. Grant, Colin Salmon, Tim McInnerny, Bernard Cribbins, Celia Imrie and Martin Shaw ) really bring the words to life and draw you into the story. Add the music to it and it really is captivating.
This is a great audiobook for a car journey. It is just over two and half hours in length and is great to read in installments.
Both my boys are in cubs and scouts and it was great for them to see where Akela and Bagheera originated from. and that they do the Grand Howl.
I love that Mini has gone to bed the last four nights listening to this classic story. He has delighted in telling us more of the story eat morning and doing impersonations of the narrators. I have to say that Richard E Grant as Kaa is genius.
You can download your copy of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book – The Mowgli Stories here. 25p from every download goes to help ZSL build a future for wildlife.
Disclosure: I am a member of the Mumsnet Bloggers Network Research Panel, a group of parent bloggers who have volunteered to review products, services, events and brands for Mumsnet. I have not paid for the product or to attend an event. I have editorial control and retain full editorial integrity. We received a free download of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book – The Mowgli Stories and also received an incentive from Audible as thanks for this post.
Oh I like the sound of that, I bet Boo would love it. Off to have a nosy 🙂
I really like the sound of Richard E Grants voice and actually quite fancy a listen of this audio version myself.
My Daughter is too young for this story yet but as a household of big readers i shall defo be considering audio books now x
I don’t think I’ve ever listened to an audio book, but, I did used to love Jackanory when I was a kid – the story tellers would always bring the book to life. This one has a great list of actors reading it, and I’m not surprised it’s been a hit in the Mad House!
This sounds really appealing – the actors on it sound like they’ve done a great job. Plus my son is also in Cubs, so I think he’d enjoy knowing about Akela too!
love the idea of kids listening to the Rudyard Kipling version rather than just watching the film! x
I would love to let my boys listen to this before they see the film to find out how differently they imagine it
I love the Jungle Book and have the original stories on my bookshelf. There are some fabulous narrators on this, I’m a big fan of Bill Bailey.
I would have assumed that this was a children’s book so it’s interesting that it isn’t! Some great actors there doing the narration!
Audio books are great for long journeys and this one sounds fab.
I’ve not tried audio books yet with my children not properly they did used to listen to story CD’s as a toddler. I love Jungle Book and it;s great that some money goes to charity.
Such a classic, a tale that I love. As a child I used to love audio books, can remember putting the cassette into my pink player and lying on my bed to listen. Thank you for your kind words on my blog last week, really cheered me up.
We went to Camp Bestival and saw Michaela Strachan, Sara Cox and Dick n Dom read the Jungle Book as a bedtime story……..lets just say with Dick N Dom it didnt go to plan!
Ooh what a list of narrators – some of my favourite people – betthey make an already fab story a brilliant listen!
Audible sounds like such good idea, mine are still pretty reluctant readers despite loads of encouragement, but listen to so many stories on cd.
Oh this looks great – we have a whole pile of audio books for long car journeys so this would go down very well with my 3! Sounds great.
Love the idea of this for my four year old, audio books are so wonderful at igniting the imagination. I’m sure my son would lovlistening to the Jungle Book. And congratulations on your Mad Blog Award win!!
I love audio books and think they are great for in the car on long journeys.
I have never listened to an audio book .. which is odd since i started my working career as an audio typist at 60 words a minute … and I am obsessed with books! .. i must give them a go!
We got this too last month when Amazon had it free as an introductory offer and we were going to listen to it in the car but I will take your advice and wait until Emma is a bit older.xx