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When Kim O'Hara's Irish parents die, he is left to raise himself on the streets of Lahore where he scrapes a living. After being recognized by an acquaintance of his father, Kim is sent to an English school to learn espionage, and his education is paid for by an old Tibetan priest. After graduating the two are reunited and two roam India in search of the River of the Arrow, which will wash away all sin. Kim must find a way of reconciling his status as both a sahib (white European) and a chela (disciple).

Set during the time of the British Raj, this classic is one of the Modern Library's 100 best English-language books of the 20th century. It is partly based on the childhood experiences of the Nobel Prize-winning author Rudyard Kipling, who himself grew up in Lahore.

Public Domain (P)2017 A.R.N. Publications

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  • Ellen W F
  • 14-11-2017

very round about trip to this review

I really like the Laurie King series of Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes, and was listening to The Game in that series. I find myself sitting in the garage, or doing extra time on the treadmill, or ironing clothes that don't really need it all that much, just so I can keep listening. So, enough about that series! However, listening to The Game, I realized that I had not ever read a single thing written by Rudyard Kipling, but had apparently missed a lot due to that oversight. In researching the references to RK's book, Kim, I discovered it was in the top !00 must reads, and it was by way of a spy-adventure book. Okay, I will admit to shying away from "must reads" due to school experiences with "classics" that had to be schlogged through and endured. But... no loss, no foul, I have to use up a credit so what the heck? I got the book and have thoroughly enjoyed it. It was not what I expected but pleasant surprises are just that. The hardest part was having to choose between narrators. 2 of the choices had narrators that I have enjoyed very much in the past, but feeling that their voices belonged to other characters, and not having my glasses on so I misread McCallion for McCallum (big fan since UNCLE), I picked this version. What a pleasure! Thank you, even if by accident, for Audible leading me from one pleasurable listen to yet another!! What I love about this format. Really.

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