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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)

What Members Say

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    vin MANCHESTER, United Kingdom 09/06/2013
    vin MANCHESTER, United Kingdom 09/06/2013 Member Since 2018
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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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    Anonymous 28/01/2018
    28/01/2018 Member Since 2018
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    "Amazing book wish I knew about it sooner."

    The performance was magical. The story is one of the best I’ve read and I’d happily listen again. The character krnsuke is so shrouded in mystery I finished this in one sitting because I just wanted to know more

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    carriesims 22/01/2018
    carriesims 22/01/2018 Member Since 2017
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    "BEST BOOK EVA"

    Just look at the. Title it explains everything because it is just so so so good

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    Briefly 31/12/2017
    Briefly 31/12/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "We loved this!"

    Got for our 5 year old on a long journey but soon were all hooked and listening to the story. A feel good tale to make you smile.

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    Lythaniun 17/11/2017
    Lythaniun 17/11/2017
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    "Amazing"

    one of my favourite books read beautifully 10/10
    highly recommend for people of all ages

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    Annette Jones Bristol, UK 13/08/2017
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    "Beautifully written"

    Derek Jacobi is the perfect narrator. Michael Morpugo is the master storyteller. I get it why children and adults alike enjoy his books. This book is a lesson in love, discipline, respect and perseverance. Humans can be as beautiful as they can be horrible. People like Kensuke and Michael should be bottled up (not literally :-) ) and used as an example of how we should treat each other.

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    effie Barwick 07/05/2017
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    "Wonderful"

    This audio book is very good and worth listening to. My whole family listened to it.

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    Clare M. 29/04/2017
    Clare M. 29/04/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "could not listen"

    I decided to return this book after the first 30 seconds. I'm sure it is probably worth its acclaim but the audio levels were so disruptive I could not hear the narration properly over the background music. disappointing.

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  • BK Stubbs
    24/04/17
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    "A rare gem"

    This is a book you will want to read/hear. Eloquent and captivating, Derek Jacobi does an amazing job as narrator (of course!), :) and the story is masterfully written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Donna Morrell-Pruitt
    Trotwood, OH, US
    08/12/16
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    "a nice little story."

    I picked this story because it seemed like a short story compared to the books I normally listen to. I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed it very much.And I plan to tell my son about it so he can let his son listen to it also.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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