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The Man Who Would Be King

Narrated by: David Ian Davies
Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
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The Man Who Would Be King is Rudyard Kipling’s literary classic from 1888 about two scrubby, jack-of-all-trade English explorers and free spirits, Daniel Dravot and Peachey Carnehan, who leave Colonized India in a quite possibly delusional quest to become kings in faraway foreign lands. Noted audiobook narrator David Ian Davies elegantly performs with refined British reserve this compelling, inspiring, and ultimately tragic story.

Listeners can also enjoy Kipling’s The Jungle Book on audiobook for another classic adventure tale.

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Rudyard Kipling's tale of two scruffy adventurers, Carnehan and Dravot, determined to leave India and rule the pagan tribes of another land as kings. But their quest does not end as they had plotted, and Carnehan returns to the narrator's newspaper office two years later in rags, to recount their victories and sudden fall -- Dravot's quite literally -- from their positions of glory.
Public Domain (P)2009 One Voice Recordings

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  • M. Leavell
  • 19-03-2018

This reading is unintelligibile

There might be other good options, but I recommend the BJ Harrison over this, hands-down. Davies' Irish and Scottish brogues are probably quite authentic, but (if so) they are TOO authentic. Most US readers will find this reading incomprehensible. The Harrison, in contrast, while very British, is more approachable.

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  • Stephen
  • 07-06-2017

The Man Who Would Be King

Performance: Excellent, no issues.

Content: I saw the movie and I wanted to hear the book. I was surprise on the actual story but like it anyway. I recommend this book for listening or reading.