King Solomon's Mines : Allan Quatermain

  • by Henry Rider Haggard
  • Narrated by Simon Prebble
  • Series: Allan Quatermain
  • 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

One of the best-selling novels of the 19th century, King Solomon's Mines has inspired dozens of adventure stories, including Edgar Rice Burroughs's Tarzan books and the Indiana Jones movies. Vivid and enormously action-packed, Henry Rider Haggard's tale of danger and discovery continues to shock and thrill, as it has since it was first presented to the public and heralded as "the most amazing book ever written."
The story begins when renowned safari hunter Allan Quatermain agrees to help Sir Henry Curtis and Captain John Good search for King Solomon's legendary cache of diamonds. Eager to find out what is true, what is myth, and what is really buried in the darkness of the mines, the tireless adventurers delve into the Sahara's treacherous Veil of Sand, where they stumble upon a mysterious lost tribe of African warriors. Finding themselves in deadly peril from that country's cruel king and the evil sorceress who conspires behind his throne, the explorers escape, but what they seek could be the most savage trap of all---the forbidden, impenetrable, and spectacular King Solomon's Mines.

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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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- Ed

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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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- BJ

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-13-2011
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio