Kensuke’s Kingdom

  • by Michael Morpurgo
  • Narrated by Derek Jacobi
  • 3 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A desert-island adventure, and a subtle observation of friendship, trust and humanity.
Winner of The Children’s Book Award.
Superbly read by DEREK JACOBI.
When Michael is washed up on an island in the Pacific after falling from his parents’ yacht, he struggles to survive on his own. He can’t find food and he can’t find water, and as Michael and his dog curl up to sleep, he knows they cannot last long.
But he soon realises there is someone close by, someone who is watching over him and helping him to stay alive. Following a close-run battle between life and death, the mysterious stranger – Kensuke – allows Michael into his world and they become friends, teaching and learning from each other, until the day of separation becomes inevitable.


What the Critics Say

"This is a wonderful book, a modern day Robinson Crusoe and is simply too good to miss." (Wendy Cooling)


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Customer Reviews

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Whilst I could probably listen to Derek Jacobi read the telephone directory and enjoy listening to it - the whole story is highly enjoyable. I always find that, whilst Michael Morpurgo writes for "children", they are highly enjoyable by adults too ( perhaps its the big kid in all of us?)
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- vin


I was so impressed by this novel that I decided to use it as part of my English teaching programme. The narration is absolutely superb and had the children completely captivated each morning.
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- Jason

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-09-2011
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited