Based on Kipling's own adolescent experiences,
Stalky and Co. is a cunning story of mischievous 19th century British schoolboys attempting scholastic mutiny. The faculty and headmaster of a boys' private school repeatedly pursue a trio of poetic pranksters, "Stalky", "Beetle", and "Turkey", as they wage war on fellow students and the "establishment" with unwavering energy and creativity.
Stalky and Co. is, at times, poignant in its realistic portrayal of boys negotiating manhood, and hilarious in its illustration of their relentless attempts to beat the system, even in the face of creative punishment and a savvy housemaster. Listeners of all ages will delight in this tale of ingenious schemes and rebellious antics.
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American pronunciation and accents wreck good book
I would try another book by Kipling - I already have Kim but I wouldn't buy a book written by an English author read by Ms Frasier. I can forgive appalling pronunciation of such place names as Bideford and Clovelly but to pronounce Stalky as Starky and Beetle as Beedle makes it hard to keep track of a well loved book. In fact, if I didn't know the book well, I would have given up somewhere in the middle of chapter 2. When words such as row are mispronounced, I am appalled. If one hasn't read the book hearing about a row (as in the boat race) when in fact it should be a row of the heated variety (to rhyme with bough) it would be difficult to understand what is happening. The use of accents in narrated books is commendable, but the Devon accent is transformed into an Irish type of voice and the Irish accents of the Colonel and Turkey have a mid-Atlantic feel. To say I was disappointed is a gross misunderstatement.
I didn't like any of the characters, whom I know and like from reading the book, in this version.
I love the book, I hated this version of it.
If you are going to sell classic English books please let people know the narrator is not English so that they can decide if to buy it.
- M. Price