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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
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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!!!!
4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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!
2 of 3 people found this review helpful
Not one of Haggards most inspiring novels. The story is a bit thin for the length of the book. The reader invokes a difficult range of voices but without the drama to maintain the listeners attention listening becomes a bit tedious.