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Selected Just So Stories

Narrated by: Johnny Morris
Length: 3 hrs and 7 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

The complete collection of Rudyard Kipling's classic fables, read by Johnny Morris.

Have you ever wondered how and why the animals came to be as they are? In these magical tales, drawn from stories he heard as a child in India as well as on folk traditions he later collected all over the world, Rudyard Kipling gives some wonderfully imaginative explanations.

This selection includes 'The Beginning of the Armadillos', 'The Cat that Walked by Himself', and 'The Butterfly that Stamped'. Originally told by Rudyard Kipling for his own children, these witty, fanciful tales have been loved by generations of children ever since.

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It was good but good of been read better. It was still fun to listen to☄☀️☄☀️🌤🌛🌒🌒🌕🐚🕸🌖🐲🌵🐉🐲🎄🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃

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  • J
  • 22-11-2011

Excellent

These are some of my all time favorite stories and they were told beautifully, keeping my two children, their friend, and myself thoroughly engaged and entertained on a long car ride. I sometimes want to listen even when the kids aren't with me.

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  • Ann Cartee
  • 01-10-2009

Fun & sweet, & great narration

The stories are fun, sweet and gentle, just right for little kids (and big ones, too!). But the narrator is fantastic - you really feel like you're sitting around a campfire, listening to him spin yarns about talking animals!

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  • Peter
  • 16-02-2016

Not that good

No chapters and I didn't enjoy the readers telling. No chapters really is a deal breaker especially when there are multiple stories. The not so special effect killed it for me...

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  • Emiko
  • 18-05-2011

HORRID NARRATOR

I love the Just So stories. I wouldn't have thought that anyone could have ruined them...and boy, was I ever wrong! The narrator doesn't speak clearly and tries to do his own sound effects. He should have stuck to just telling the stories. One example is "How the Camel Got His Hump." I remember this well from my childhood days...but the way this narrator tells the story- you would never get that the camel was going around saying "humph!" to everyone (instead it is some extremely loud noise that's supposed to be a camel)...and so you would miss the point of the story. Unless, of course, you already knew the story. My children usually pay really close attention to audiobooks while in the car- this didn't keep their attention at all. They love the stories in book form. If you are at all picky about narrators- DO NOT GET THIS!

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  • 2days2slow
  • 05-07-2018

Great

Love the narrator -children of various ages sat quietly and listened
Good value for a classic collection

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  • Avery Milieu
  • 12-02-2016

Always a favorite

Bedtime stories are nice, even for adults. A friend was puzzled by my listening to the same books and stories over and over again, and mentioned it to me while her favorite music was playing - not for the first time.
This book is one like that favorite album for me.

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  • Rebekka
  • 30-04-2010

bekka

splendid

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  • Anna
  • 19-08-2011

Where are the verses?

The book although beautifull and wonderfully read IS abridged! I was very disapointed not finding my favorite verses in the end of each story. In truth, the verses were for me the main reason for buying the UNABRIDGED book so I am entitled to feel not only disapointed but simply cheated. Besides, buying the audiobook consisted of certain number of stories, you expect you can choose which one you would want to listen at a time. On this record it is imposible because they are not divided into the tracks.

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  • Susana Rowles
  • 11-02-2015

Great stories, very well read.

Very good audiobook. The last stories are a bit longer and harder to follow for smaller children but the first ones were appropriate to (almost) all ages.

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  • Emma Churchouse
  • 01-12-2015

Magical, O Best Beloved

Would you consider the audio edition of The Complete Just So Stories to be better than the print version?

Overall print is better. With the audio book you miss out on the second Taffy story, How The Alphabet Was Made, as it is so dependant on the illustrations (it's well worth the effort to track down a print version with the original illustrations). I am very disappointed that Kipling's verses that accompany each story have been excluded from the audio book.

What did you like best about this story?

The great use of language and the lyrical quality of the prose.

What about Johnny Morris’s performance did you like?

Just hearing Johnny Morris's voice again catapulted me back to childhood. For millions of British kids growing up in the 60s and 70s there is no voice that talking animals could possibly have other than his (except, perhaps, Willie Rushton). A classic book read by a classic performer.

Any additional comments?

A must have for anyone who was lucky enough to have the book read to them as a child. And a must have for anyone living with someone who had the book read to them as a child - it will shed light on why otherwise perfectly normal people go around using words like "sclusive", "curtiosity" and refer to their husbands as men of "infinite-resource-and-sagacity".

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  • Georgina
  • 04-12-2013

As a childhood should be

If you could sum up The Complete Just So Stories in three words, what would they be?

Imaginative captivating enjoyable

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This collection of stories grab the imagination and take you on a journey into a land where children do not need dumbed down language to be entertained and engaged. A classic.

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  • Margaret
  • 13-04-2013

MAGICAL!

This is such a treat for all those who a good tale to feed the imagination. The stories are fantastic for both the child and the parent. My child is completely entranced by them and recounts the tales afterwards with vivid enthusiasm. This is a great way to introduce books and feed the imagination.

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  • S. Wolfe
  • 07-04-2013

Evocative reading of classic childrens stories

The voices are just fantastic from the late lamented Johnny Morris. My children were transfixed by these stories.

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  • MISS
  • 07-04-2013

childhood memories.

brings back memories from my childhood. I loved these stories then and now my children enjoy them. well read and engaging. my children love listening to them and laugh every time. would recommend this book to everyone. brilliant.

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  • Natasha
  • 08-07-2009

No bookshelf is complete without this one!

This is one of my childhood favourites, and the narrator tells the wonderful stories with plenty of colour and vigour. I can't imagine a young mind not being enthralled by this book.

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  • K123
  • 04-02-2019

No chapters :(

Nicely read and of course the stories are great. However, audiobook is split into only 2 chapters, so can’t skip to requested stories when needed - very frustrating.

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  • Steven H.
  • 22-11-2018

Evelyn's Review

I liked it so much it made me roll from side to side in my bed. I liked the voice.