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Kensuke's Kingdom Audiobook

Kensuke's Kingdom

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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.

©2011 HarperCollins Publishers Limited (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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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    vin MANCHESTER, United Kingdom 09/06/2013
    vin MANCHESTER, United Kingdom 09/06/2013 Member Since 2012
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    "Enjoyable"

    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?)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Ballinspittle, Ireland 09/04/2013
    Jason Ballinspittle, Ireland 09/04/2013
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    "Masterpiece..."

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs BEXHILL ON SEA, United Kingdom 21/02/2012
    Mrs BEXHILL ON SEA, United Kingdom 21/02/2012
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    "A touching story, read very well indeed."

    This story come's alive in one's mind, the voice over is done so well, I love his English in 'Japanese accent'.
    The music added a bit of flavor to it and all in all a really touching story, read very well indeed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Malaysia 10/11/2016
    Sarah Malaysia 10/11/2016 Member Since 2012

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    "Derek Jacobi doesn't fail to deliver."

    Separated from his parents in a storm at sea, and washed up on an island in the Pacific, Michael struggles to find enough food and water to survive. Until one day he realises that he is not alone.

    Kensuke, a doctor who was shipwrecked on the same island after his native Nagasaki was destroyed, is there too. Together, they form an unlikely friendship and overcome their differences to plan a way off the island.

    Derek Jacobi's narration is perfect for this book. He engages the listener with the dialogue of the two, very different, personalities of the characters and keep a you on the edge of your seat.

    Michael Morpurgo's story resonates with both children and adults in this timeless tale of survival and friendship.

    You won't be disapointed.

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    DawnHicks 06/09/2016
    DawnHicks 06/09/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Just amazing"

    I would recommend this book for any ages perhaps 7+ because of how big it is so I mean it's not picture book but just an amazing book dig. Now on to the audible part the music was so so majestic because it fitted in on every chapter and half way though them as well he did great voice for the charters were how you think of them being done. Ps it makes cry at the end

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    Sarah 15/08/2016
    Sarah 15/08/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing"

    Every bit was spine chilling, breath taking and all amazing! I would recommend this for age 8-80! I loved it's!

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    AleeCat 22/05/2016
    AleeCat 22/05/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "AMAZING"

    This was brilliant you should definitely get this if you're looking for a interesting book
    👍👍👍👍👍

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    Joe 03/03/2016
    Joe 03/03/2016
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    "Great story"

    Despite being my favourite childhood book I would also recommend this to an older audience. It's read emotively and is very touching. I left music for the last few days to listen through it and I'm almost sad it's over.

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    A. Haller Lincolnshire 08/12/2015
    A. Haller Lincolnshire 08/12/2015

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    "Fantastic story for all ages."

    A lovely story we have listened to several times. My daughters (age 9 and 12) both enjoyed and understood this.

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    jade shaw 14/09/2015
    jade shaw 14/09/2015
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    "Beautiful story"

    This is such a wonderful story. It's the first book I've heard on Audible. I read and listened to this book when I was a child, and listening to it again evoked nostalgic memories of my childhood. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone. Derek Jacobi did a wonderful job narrating this story he really does bring it to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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