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
Having read the story in paperback some years ago, I looked forward to listening to it in audiobook format. OUCH! This narration is the worst I've heard. Try as I might, I just can't wrap my brain around it. It's the cadence. It was just about "unlistenable". One hour in and couldn't take it any more.
Time for a refund.
Lost Horizon is a classic tale of a mystical land where people live long lives and believe in "moderation" in most everything. I couldn't put it down. It is extremely well written, and the narrator's quiet voice fit the tale perfectly. Well worth a credit.
A mysterious valley--perhaps real--existing within the protection of high mountains holds things of beauty and wisdom. The story leaves many ideas to ponder. Maybe even more timely today than when it was written!
Made out to be such a great read, but it failed to deliver. It seemed like the plot was good foreplay, but the direction it quickly took never came through. It left this reader very unsatisfied. The reading performance didn't compensate.
Hilton's story is a classic, well worth the listen. It makes you (or at least, it made me) imagine being in Shangri-la, with no cares at all. A most inviting place. The negative here is the performance. De Morgan's reading is fine, most of his voices are quite good, but the production quality is lacking. At least three times I heard something falling in the background. And the pace is interminable (a digital reworking could clean things up quite a bit). Loooong pauses are frequent. But I recommend you put those problems aside and just listen. I've said before here, classics become classics for a reason. "The Lost Horizon" is well deserving of the honor.
I have been meaning to read Lost Horizon for years but never got around to it until I got the audio version and listened. The book was just as interesting and enjoyable as I had hoped and I think was very well read.
The movie version is an all-time classic, but it is good to revisit the original story again (and again).
There is nothing quite like it--fantasy, romance, and utopian vision rolled into one. Prophetic of the age of darkness that was about to tall over the world.
Have not heard him as a reader before--slightly below the very best Audible "voices."
Extreme relief that it lived up to my recollections of having read it in youth.
Sadness that there really are no longer any places beyond the edges of maps. It is flabbergasting that this could be the source material for a classic movie (1937?) and then one of the worst remakes ever--the musical version from 1973.
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