Celebrating the 70th anniversary of this magical and well-loved classic. Following a plane crash, Conway, a British consul; his deputy; a missionary; and an American financier find themselves in the enigmatic snow-capped mountains of uncharted Tibet. Here they discover a seemingly perfect hidden community where they are welcomed with gracious hospitality. Intrigued by its mystery, the travelers set about discovering the secret hidden at the shimmering heart of Shangri-La.
©2010 James Hilton (P)2010 Audible Ltd
I fell in love with this book when I was a kid and have read it several times in my life. In many ways it shaped my own concepts of spiritual beliefs, of living in a calm settled tranquility. I always took away a more profound belief in the existence of Shangri-La, and in many ways the book always seem to transfix me with a mystical power. This audio book did not do this. The reader was very literal in the way he approached and read this timeless classic. The characters become somewhat cynical, lifeless and cold. All the elements of mystery where gone or missing. There was no sense of beauty of this extraordinary place and time. Yes time was suspended, but it was in the long drawn out reading of the reader. Finally half way through the recording I had to increase the play speed to 1.25 to get finish it.
Yes, Maybe with a different narrator. As stated above it is an intriguing story with some depth to both plot and characters.
The originality of the plot and the understanding of coming future events when written in early 1930's.
The narrator's expression and tonality lacked empathy for the different traits of the characters.
The compelling human search by us all for our own personal lost utopia.
I loved the ending as it left the reader with the question of the reality of this search as it relates to the characters in the book and also within the readers own life.
The narrator reads this book much too slowly. When I listen to a book, I like to sometimes follow along with a hard copy. The book is better than the audio in this instance.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
A say old Chap, keep a stiff upper lip and don't fall asleep during my slow talking. My lack of ambition and lack of passion for anything makes me a perfect candidate for the High Lama. Although my pregnant pauses between sentences are longer then the High Lama's, he can talk even slower then me. Here in Shangri-La were moderation is the up most value in life, we passionless cowards are going to repopulate the world once man has destroyed it. Now, even though I am 37 and have never had much interest in women, if you live in our valley and want another man's wife, it is only good manners for him to let you have her. As any gentleman knows manners are the only way to live.
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