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Leo Vincey is haunted by a goddess. In a nighttime vision, she appears to him, revealing her location deep in the mountains of Central Asia. Determined to discover his lost love, he searches for 16 years, finally discovering a lost civilization, ruled by an ambitious queen of unearthly beauty. Could this be his Ayesha reborn? And if so, will the secret of immortality bind them together for eternity?
Public Domain (P)2010 B. J. Harrison
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3 out of 5 stars
By Stephen Hickman on 03-14-16

A classical sequel---

I enjoyed the story, but the narration was a bit over-enunciated and sounded somewhat precious, which became irritating over the course of the book---certainly not the worst I've ever heard,by any means, but still...

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2 out of 5 stars
By KEITH on 06-28-13

What a difference a hundred years makes

What disappointed you about Ayesha?

The writing style of the Victorian years vs. today makes it tough to keep interested in. I think if the same story was updated by an exciting type author that would be great.

What could H. Rider Haggard have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

He did a good job with the material he had to work with

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Because of the English Victorian writing it seems like the reader is a bit ahead of the start waiting for it to catch up. The writing takes so long to get to the point.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It iS exciting to realize that this author and authors like him built the English empire and gave boys the inspiration to go to foreign lands of the empire.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Dr Caterpillar on 05-20-16

Thank goodness that's over.

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

People 100 years ago. There's no question about it, this (and the other better-known Haggard books) were ground-breaking, and must-reads for people like me who want to know the origins of the Lost World genre better. But they don't write them like that any more - thank heavens!

What was most disappointing about H. Rider Haggard’s story?

The fact that there were so many words for so little happening.
Also, I don't think the descriptions were that great. A few times with Haggard, I have found myself drifting off when he's describing a temple, or a rock formation or whatever. So I rewind and listen again... and I still have only the vaguest idea of what he's describing. I don't have that problem with many other authors.

Which character – as performed by B.J. Harrison – was your favourite?

Oddly enough, the monk who insisted on making the same joke over and over again.
The character performances were generally okay, except for Ayesha, who would have been better voiced by an actual woman. She sounds too much like a man trying to do a woman's voice - which is often, but not always, a problem with male readers.

What character would you cut from Ayesha?

Characters weren't the problem. It was the word count that needed cutting. At about 40% this could have been a tight, succinct little read. The whole of the first two She stories could have made a book of about 250 pages or 8 hours.

Any additional comments?

I'm kind of curious about the next book - She and Allan - as it must be a fairly unusual instance of a crossover between two series. But I think I need a long break from Haggard first.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Cara Moretta on 10-13-15

Great story spoiled by dreadful narration

What disappointed you about Ayesha?

The American narration.I expect English classics to be narrated by an English narrator.His pronunciation of Ayesha as" Easher" is unforgivable.Why did no-one correct him?l Other mispronounciations,such as "buyer" for "bier" grated on the ear. I almost gave up listening.

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

I compare it to "She".I purchased "Ayesha" because I enjoyed the first book.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of B.J. Harrison?

Any English narrator with the sense to pronounce the name of the main character and other words in the story correctly.

What character would you cut from Ayesha?

None of them.Do not use this narrator for classic English literature.

Any additional comments?

Be more selective in you choice of narrator for the appropriate "voice of the book".

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