Ludwig Horace Holly, a Cambridge professor, travels to Africa with his adopted son Leo to investigate the death of Kallicrates, Leo’s ancestor, who was murdered by an unknown woman centuries before.
They encounter the Amahagger, a fierce tribe of cannibals who live in the caves of Kôr, a huge burial ground of an ancient civilisation decimated by plague.
The tribe are ruled over by She-who-must-be-obeyed [Ayesha], a mysterious and ruthless Queen who has the secret of eternal life while still possessing the beauty and radiance of a young woman. She has lived, virtually alone, for 2,000 years awaiting the return of her lover Kallicrates, whom she killed in a fit of jealous rage. When Ayesha sees Leo she believes him to be the reincarnation of the man who spurned her. A bewitching temptress, naively flirtatious but capable of horrific acts of malevolence, she will not be thwarted a second time. They will both bathe in the Eternal Flame before their marriage!
Not without sudden flashes of humour She is an intriguing story set in the ‘Dark Continent’ with a mix of sex and the supernatural which thrilled the Victorians and still - one hundred years later - continues to enthral.
"Peter Joyce is the most remarkable one-man band in audiobook publishing. Joyce, an experienced actor, reads them all himself." (The Independent)
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Over the top depiction / dialogue with She. It seemed to never end. Very monotonous. It really doesn't matter how it could be better, it was written a long time ago and the style is really not appealing to me.
Shortened it. Removed at least half of the dialogue.
He does do a great job providing some sort of anticipation and emotion to this story. His soupy interpretation of the nice She, gets very tiresome.
I would shorten all of the dialogue between She and the main character. Too much philosophy.
I read this because I am reading the top 100 best sellers. I can only guess that this book made it to the list because countless universities have had it on their required reading list for decades. I don't think this one would get the popular vote. If you like weird, dated, philosophical, mish mash, this is the book for you. The entertainment factor is absent.
- Tal Harris
A fun adventure.