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Summary

"IF", a poem by Rudyard Kipling, is a timeless gem that recently reemerged in popular culture when it was put to music in Joni Mitchell's 2007 release. In the poem, a father gives advice to his son.
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Great

This is a great poem and a great performance by Michael Caine at a good price.

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Beautifully read

I love this poem anyway - but Michael Caine does add something to the telling. Really lovely!!

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Brilliant advice for my son

Brilliant advice for my son

For him to be a man

Love it so much

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Michael Caine is a superb choice

Fantastic narration of a great poem

Great for kids and adults alike.

Let Michael Caine narrate more stories!!!

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a nice lille poem

I don't know how this found oyster way into my library but I'm glad it did. very nice

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Doesn't Play Through Amazon Echo!!

Would you try another book written by Rudyard Kipling or narrated by Michael Caine?

Maybe if this is fixed, otherwise no.

What other book might you compare IF to, and why?

Poetry books, as this is what they are.

How could the performance have been better?

It could have played, like all the other books I've bought have....

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment at the lack of playability on Amazon Echo...

Any additional comments?

I'm sure by now you'll see where I'm going with this?

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Excellent reading of my favourite poem

An absolute delight to listen to. In every way, Michael Kane reads it so beautifully

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  • paul
  • pontyclun, United Kingdom
  • 18-07-13

optional?

disappointed,from such an icon,now I'm told a review needs more than 15 words,come on! 2018!,now I'm told it needs a heading which says optional

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  • Cheryl
  • 13-09-13

If. Poem by Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling plainly and with great insight describes what masculinity really is, He has a skill at succinctness and plain talking. I printed this poem up and gave it to my son when he was young. He still has the poem.

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  • Lois
  • 24-01-12

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Where does IF rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

If is a poem by Kipling giving advice to his son. A classic that was once frowned upon but is now making a comeback.

What does Michael Caine bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A beautiful voice with excellent diction

Any additional comments?

Nothing more to say. I love the poem and always have since i first read it

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Prudence
  • 05-10-10

IF

Loved it. A beautiful poem. I have read it many times but, hearing it so beautifully spoken, is wonderful.

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  • yogesh
  • 30-01-17

Ultimate poetry

Epic poetry that every person should listen to understand the way a life can be lead with a small and strong fire within...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-06-16

A sea compressed in a drop of water

The poems are more powerful than prose. They convey a wisdom of life time in a few lines. The value of this poem can be understood only by a few. I know a man who has lived by memorising this poem to heart.- Haresh Raichura

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  • Luis González
  • 23-04-16

Daily Required Listening

I listen to this every day as part of my daily ritual. Worth every penny.

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  • rfi123158
  • 07-02-16

great poem

Michael Caine was great in his reading. Perfect English accent. Just an inspiring poem. Everyone should hear it.

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  • estee479
  • 14-07-15

Kipling & Caine - perfect pairing

beautiful poem, performed by a narrator who would capture my mind just reading a dictionary of medical terminology.

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  • Celeste Bartunek
  • 12-07-15

Exceptional!

I would recommend this book to absolutely everyone! The narration was perfect. The words were true. Very uplifting and concise.

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  • Michael
  • 13-11-12

GREAT

Michael Caine does an excellent job reading this poem that all men should learn by heart and tell their sons.