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Allan Quatermain is one of author H. Rider Haggard's most famous characters. He was not only the valorous subject of 18 novels and stories by Haggard in his Lost World genre, but also served as the inspiration for Indiana Jones. In Allan Quatermain, the book that concludes the hero's adventures, acclaimed actor Bill Homewood takes us deep into an African landscape unknown to European civilization. His performance is truly transporting, embedding listeners in the novel's action as well as in its emotional heart. (Quatermain goes on this particular adventure to assuage his grief upon losing his young son.) Homewood has won numerous industry awards for his audiobook narration, including a 2012 Earphones Award.
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Publisher's Summary

We have met the intrepid hunter-tracker Allan Quatermain before, in H. Rider Haggard’s marvelous King Solomon’s Mines. This time, grieving from the tragic loss of his son, Quatermain longs to return to his beloved Africa. He sets out in search of a lost white tribe, the Zu-Vendis, ruled by two beautiful sister Queens. Once again, Quatermain’s companions are the indefatigable Sir Henry Curtis and Captain Good, and the magnificent Zulu warrior Umslopogaas. The journey is incredibly dangerous, and thrillingly told.
After a fantastic underground journey by canoe, our heroes are embroiled in a bloody civil war when both queens fall in love with the irresistibly handsome Curtis.
Public Domain (P)2012 Naxos AudioBooks
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4 out of 5 stars
By Mark on 10-08-12

Forgotten novels

What made the experience of listening to Allan Quatermain the most enjoyable?

It made feel as if I might be proud to be part of the British Empire

Who was your favorite character and why?

Quartermain of course because he held to the repressed ideals of the time.

Which scene was your favorite?

Rescuing the Missionaries daughter from the Masai

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

A man of the Empire

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2 out of 5 stars
By Ian on 11-21-12

Bit tedious really.

I could not help visualising a scene in the office of Haggard's publisher where the publisher is saying
"Can't you do King Solomon's Mines 2 - The Return or something like that. That I can sell."
"All the same old stereotypes?" asks Haggard
"Of course. Oh - do you think you can fit a cowardly and stupid Frenchman in there as well. Everybody likes a cowardly Frenchman. Oooh Ooooh - I know - make him a chef"
"Not a problem" says Haggard as he gets up to leave.

And that's what he did. Same old stiff upper lip nationalism. Same set piece action scenes. Same over elaborate pointless descriptions with bizzare irrelevant details which go on and on and on.

Narration carefully chosen to be as pompous as the writing. And I usually like this stuff!!!!

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4 of 7 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By Miss on 04-23-15

Bit of a blood bath

Not for the faint hearted or very young, as there are some quite graphic descriptions of animals being hunted or dying, and plenty of war. A good old fashioned romping adventure however, but you must remember it was written in a time when the Zulu etc were 'savages' to the English.

Narrator is very good, even managed to add the clicking noises to the Zulu words. I would like to see how they were written. And his voices for different characters and accents were different and believable. If you know and love this book already, this is a good version, if you've never read the story, check it will be your sort of read before buying!

I liked it very much, but there were some passages which seemed to drag, such as lengthy descriptions of the country, its peoples, the mode of government, dress etc. would have found this more relevant if describing a place that actually exists rather than made up!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Frazz on 05-26-18

Brilliant Should be made into a BBC Dramatisation

Allan Quatermain, aloong with King Solomon's Mines are two of my top 10 best novels. This audio book is great and Bill Homewood does a great job creating the exciting atmosphere the story generates. The BBC made a dramatisation of King Solomon's Mines with Tim McInnenry and loads of great actors that make it absolutely amazing to listen to! My career requires me to drive many hours during the week, and I have lost count how many times I have listened and got lost in it.

As far as the sequel "Allan Quatermain" goes, I'd say it's on a par with K.S.M.'s in terms of story line - if anyone from the BBC is reading this who is involved in producing the audio dramatisations then PLEASE make this into your next project! Get all the original main cast from the K.S.M.'s (Quatermain, Sir Henry & Cptn Good) and do as good a job with this as you did first time round!

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