BOOKTRACK Book Review: The Jungle Book

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The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling – eBook/Booktrack – Originally published in 1894

I’m not going to say too much about the plot – you’re probably already pretty familiar with the story. I am, however, going to comment on the soundtrack provided by Booktrack. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s basically a site where you can buy, write and read books with coinciding music and sound effects. (I’ve always used sites like MyNoise to create soundscapes and things to help immerse me in the fictional worlds I’m reading, so the discovery of Booktrack was heaven-sent.)

So yeah, obviously this is the story of Mowgli, the man-cub, raised by wolves and Baloo and Bagheera. He lives in the jungle, until finding a human village to take him in. But he does not belong – he may be man by blood, but he is of the Jungle People now.

The soundtrack with this book really helps you feel as though you are in the forest, hearing the life all around you. There’s music to accompany the little songs and poems included throughout, and dramatic music to portray the intensity of the plot and action. The only problem I really have with the track is how it sometimes jumped or cut off when I turned a page, but that may just be due to me reading faster than it is expecting.

Altogether, the story and Booktrack has earned 3.5 stars from me. It’s a nice read, and the soundtrack is a great accompaniment to the story.

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