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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Written decades before more familiar stories it carries the intrigue of originality. Particularly it's not "Indiana Jones with a twist" or "Treasure Island... with a twist". It was wild and odd but not trying to outdo itself in the third act.
As a warning (or caveat emptor) Native Africans are depicted with some obvious cultural insensitivity. Some of the bias comes from the characters (the story is told by first person by a hard-bitten white man who can speak several African dialects) and some come from the author's era in history. There are some awkward moments for my ears, but nothing I felt was sensationally exploitative... monsters are monsters regardless of culture.
What other book might you compare King Solomon's Mines to and why?
Classic adventure stories from Jules Verne or Robert Louis Stevenson
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
The narrator is clear, interesting, and a pro.
I suspect the director was asleep... some sections of dialog were heavily characterized (using different voices/styles) and others were not. I could tell during some chapters who was speaking by the tone of voice, but it was not consistent.
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Would you consider the audio edition of King Solomon's Mines to be better than the print version?
Heads up! This book is $.99 with the purchase of the Kindle book which is free.
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Would you listen to King Solomon's Mines again? Why?
Oh yes. Adventure, excitement, wonder, expertly written and expertly read a perfect combination.
What was one of the most memorable moments of King Solomon's Mines?
The most memorable bit was the bit between the front and back covers.
Any additional comments?
I could not recommend this book highly enough. All round superb.
I have not listened to a book by this author before and I was very pleasantly surprised. I love Victorian fiction. A great story and very well narrated. Didn't want to stop listening!
The vocal characteristics are excellent and consistent throughout the reading. I do wonder, however if such novels could possibly be written again. A timeless story, yet very much of its time.