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King Solomon's Mines | [H. Rider Haggard]

King Solomon's Mines

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H. Rider Haggard's King Solomon's Mines tells of the adventures of Allan Quatermain, a middle-age man who agrees to accompany Sir Henry Curtis and Captain John Good on a trip to an uncharted region of inner Africa. Patrick Tull's rich and charismatic voice adds texture to the listening experience. The listener will feel like he or she is part of the voyage.

The three men set out in order to find George, Curtis' brother who disappeared in the African jungle years before, but they are enticed by the promise of boundless treasures hidden inside the mines of the legendary King Solomon.

Publisher's Summary

Allan Quatermain, a middle-aged big game hunter, is invited to join Sir Henry Curtis on an expedition to find Curtis's estranged younger brother George in the remote jungles of Africa. George had left home 2 years earlier, in search of Solomon's Mines, where legend had it that the great Biblical king had untold treasures. Quatermain agrees to accompany Sir Henry, in return for half the treasure and financial security for his son, and the men are joined by Captain John Good, who has medical training, and Umbopa, an enigmatic native who seems to know more than he lets on. King Solomon's Mines - written by H. Rider Haggard after boasting that he could write a more exciting book than Treasure Island - is indeed a thrilling adventure, and its pulsating action, constant surprises, and dangerous adversaries influenced dozens of jungle epics, including the popular Indiana Jones trilogy.

(P)1993 by Recorded Books, Inc.; Cover Art by Timothy Kelly; ©1993 by Recorded Books, Inc.

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    Catherine Maplewood, NJ, USA 06-06-05
    Catherine Maplewood, NJ, USA 06-06-05 Member Since 2002
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    "A ripping yarn, narrated by a master"

    I loved every minute of this book. It was transporting. What else could you hope for - dashing hunters, desert adventures, a fortune in gems, a tyrranical king, a noble battle for justice, an evil ancient sorceress, and tragic true love.

    Patrick Tull is one of my favorite narrators and I would listen to almost anything he does. His rendition of the sorceress Gagool is nothing short of fabulous. I will never, ever forget the wicked "ha ha! hee hee!" as done by Tull. Delightfully evil.

    Do not expect 21st century values from this book, as they are not there. It has the capability to offend on many levels due to racism, sexism, and shocking environmental attitudes. But if you can get past that and accept it on its own terms, you are in for a treat.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Anya Oakland, CA, USA 08-27-03
    Anya Oakland, CA, USA 08-27-03
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    "Great old adventure yarn"

    After Quartermain's appearance in League of Extraordianry Gentleman, I decided to go back and read (hear) the orriginal. I was delighted. Yes many of the points of view are dated, but his is the grandfather of all the Indiana Jones "go find the treasure" stories. Marvelous details, epic battles, evil ancient sorceress, noble exile reclaiming his heritage, and being saved by the eclipse. A tale to charm a cold winter night, or a hot summer one. I'm off to hear the next one!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Shane R Massey 06-07-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Very enjoyable"

    I had a lot of fun with this book. It is, of course, somewhat dated in its style and attitudes, but these lend, in my opinion, a kind of antiquated charm to a solid story of high adventure. Patrick Tull's narration seems to me to be a perfect fit with the material, and I would enjoy hearing more of his work. I highly recommend this book.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Inga Duncan Seattle , WA, USA 05-23-03
    Inga Duncan Seattle , WA, USA 05-23-03
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    "Where all the adventure movies came from"

    What a great audiobook. The story is classic and the narration is superb. I'll listen to all Patrick Tull's audios. The writing is very dated in terms of racism, classism, sexism and nationalism. As you would expect for 1886 and and for Haggard, the quintessential insular Englishman.

    The other reviewer thought it got off to a slow start but I loved the detail. Haggard, or rather Quartermain, describes, provisions, rounds of ammunition and other gear like a true hunter and I loved his details about the colt revolvers and the winchester repeating rifles taking the same caliber ammo and how important that is in a survival situation. Great stuff! Contrast that to our modern weapons where every piece of equipment takes a different ammunition.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Stanley Hauer Hattiesburg, MS USA 08-16-07
    Stanley Hauer Hattiesburg, MS USA 08-16-07 Member Since 2007
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    "High adventure"

    Yes, it's racist. But that's merely a reflection of the time and culture in which this splendid book was written. I loved this book as a boy. Encountering it again is like finding a long-lost friend. The reader is most engaging.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    CatBookMom 08-06-14
    CatBookMom 08-06-14
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    "Just Great!"

    Wow. This is almost as amazing as *Treasure Island*. Patrick Tull was a wonderful narrator (I have all his Brother Cadfael audios), and he's just right for this book, which is written as a retrospective of the great adventure, as if it were a tale told by the fireside, and in this context the mouth noises, as of an old gent were pausing to swallow or whatever, work.

    Highly recommended.

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    Seth LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 05-04-13
    Seth LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 05-04-13
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    What did you like best about King Solomon's Mines? What did you like least?

    King Solomon's Mines is a fun adventure story, and while I was listening to it I enjoyed the plot very much, but I did not enjoy the narrator. He read everything very dry, whether it was an exciting part or mundane part, and it took me out of the adventure a few times. It kind of felt like Grandpa Simpson just kept talking. That might be due to the writing as well, because the book is quite dated. The story itself is wonderful, and it would be great if someone revamped it for a modern version.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Theresa Dexter, MI, United States 04-29-13
    Theresa Dexter, MI, United States 04-29-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent narration."
    What about Patrick Tull’s performance did you like?

    Loved this narrator. Perfect for this book. Each character came to life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. The narrator made it a joy to listen to.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick SANDSTON, VA, United States 03-19-13
    Patrick SANDSTON, VA, United States 03-19-13 Member Since 2012
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    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I am actually disappointed thus far with this book the story is just dragging on and on and on, less than two hours to go and they are hardly near the mine yet.

    The Narrator is good, and I think he may be my only reason for being able to stick it out this far.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hannes cupertino, CA, United States 01-10-06
    Hannes cupertino, CA, United States 01-10-06 Member Since 2003
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    "What a waste!"

    Patrick Tull is a master narrator, in a league of his own, and I think I would pay to hear him read the yellow pages. Having been spellbound by his narration of the Aubrey/Maturin series, I decided to try King Solomon's Mines. Written in the height of the Victorian era, it is a jumble of stereotypes, many of which are fairly disgusting (wholesale slaughter of elephants for sheer pleasure, degrading remarks about some physical features of African natives, women, etc.). The story line is hardly better than that of an average comic book, utterly predictable at every turn. The characters are shallow, fake, and uninteresting at best. For all the hype about how the book was written to satisfy a bet, that is exactly what you get, a second rate novel written by an amateur.

    1 of 11 people found this review helpful
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