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
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.
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.
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