• Just So Stories

  • By: Rudyard Kipling
  • Narrated by: Carl Reiner
  • Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 11-05-09
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Phoenix Books
  • 3 out of 5 stars 3.0 (1 rating)


Tales like How the Leopard Got His Spots and The Elephant's Child answer questions only children would ask and answer them in a way only children would believe. Kipling very much intended his Just So Stories to be read aloud - and no one does it better than Carl Reiner as he brings each original story to life. A superbly amusing and entertaining experience, Kipling's Just So Stories will delight both young and old alike.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jane on 20-06-09

Delighful - Beautifully Read

I didn't know much about about Kipling other than he wrote Jungle Book. I saw the Disney movie. Kipling has been out of fashion for a while being old school British as all, so I was curious and took the chance. I love his playful choice of words. Reiner is the perfect voice for these wonderful, funny stories. This was my first audible, but not my last.

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Dan Dixon on 20-11-11

Horrible Performance

Just So Stories is an amazing book. My parents read it to me, and I read it to my kids. I've always liked Carl Reiner, so I picked this version. The reading is AWFUL!!! First issue: one might think Reiner was on a clock. He races through the stories so fast it's sometimes hard to follow. And, Just So Stories are best read slowly, with rhythm.

Second issue: Reiner does not correctly read the story. As an example, in the reading of The Elephant's Child, Kipling, when referring to the Limpopo River, repeats the phrase "great grey green greasy Limpopo RIver, all set about with fever trees". It is sing-songy, and the alliteration is great for a child. Reiner never reads it the same way twice, rushing through, leaving out words, and adding the word grassy on occasion. I can't believe some editor didn't correct this. It is HORRIBLE!

I've had Audible books I didn't like. I have many I've not finished. But, I never felt ripped-off before. I want my money back!!! The reading is AWFUL!!!

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