Allan Quatermain : Allan Quatermain

  • by H. Rider Haggard
  • Narrated by Bill Homewood
  • Series: Allan Quatermain
  • 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


Audible Editor Reviews

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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Customer Reviews

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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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- Ian

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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- Mark

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-07-2012
  • Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks