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IF

Written by: Rudyard Kipling
Narrated by: Michael Caine
Length: 1 min
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"IF", a poem by Rudyard Kipling, is a timeless gem that recently reemerged in popular culture when it was put to music in a 2007 Joni Mitchell release. In the poem, a father gives advice to his son.
©2007 Naxos Rights International (P)2007 Naxos Rights International

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  • Cheryl
  • 2013-09-13

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
  • 2012-01-24

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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

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  • Prudence
  • 2010-10-05

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
  • 2020-07-03

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-06-10

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
  • 2020-04-28

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
  • 2019-08-11

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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
  • 2018-12-29

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
  • 2018-12-03

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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
  • 2018-11-30

The finest assemblage of words...

...in the English language.

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