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IF

Narrated by: Michael Caine
Length: 1 min
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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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Timeless Classic

This timeless classic of English literature, which has been voted the nation's favourite poem, is beautifully read by Michael Caine.

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Match Balance with Destiny

If, is one of the Greatest poems ever written. Kipling originally penned it for his son John and it soon became a Masterpiece in English literature. Here, it is read expertly by Sir Michael Caine. Press play, close eyes and which is more you’ll Be Enlightened.

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Outstanding

love this from Michael Caine great great great great book book book superb superb a must

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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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  • 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

Standards

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

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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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  • Mary Berard
  • 03-07-20

An essential for pandemic calmness search

Beautifully narrated. Soothing to my soul. Fascinating the connection t felt to present day trauma. Essential for my serenity.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 10-06-20

Timeless Wisdom and Words to Live With

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A classic in all respects, having both a great narrator and written content. And though IF is presented as if speaking to one's own son, or rather hearing the words as a son from a parent, the questions offered within (and the wisdom found in seeking to affirmatively answer them) is applicable to anyone who wants to take it.

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Michael Caine provides an incredible session to listen to. Naturally given with a voice towards this type of content in my opinion, but also providing great pacing to digest the words as they come and subtle inflection changes to drive them home all the same.

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  • Dr. Joe de Beauchamp
  • 28-04-20

If

My great grandpa passed this poem down to me. All of my children read it at there highschool commcements.wonderful read by Caine.

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  • Daniel M. Arnold
  • 11-08-19

Wow!

Well... I guess... Wow, wow, wow, wow, wow, wow, wow, wow, wow, wow, wow, wow, wow, wow, wow, and WOW!

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  • Irma Dorr
  • 29-12-18

MICHAEL CAINE IS ALWAYS ELOQUENCE

This is a beautiful rendition so aptly recited by this great actor. His voice is one that is so unique that you can always pinpoint it even if there were no clues, no name in the credits. if you love poetry, whether classic like this one or not, you will love having this in your library to listen to over and over.

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  • emett holloway barfield III
  • 03-12-18

One Minute

Michael Caine reading If by Kipling; brought tears to eyes in one minute. I can't give a better recommendation.

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  • Chris Dixon
  • 30-11-18

The finest assemblage of words...

...in the English language.

(These are some extra words to meet the Audible minimum requirement.)