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The African Queen | [C. S. Forester]

The African Queen

Upon her brother's death, missionary Rose Sayer and Charles Allnutt, disreputable skipper of the African Queen, become allies as, marooned in German Central Africa during World War I, they fight their old launch downriver 'to strike a blow for England'.
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Publisher's Summary

Upon her brother's death, missionary Rose Sayer and Charles Allnutt, disreputable skipper of the African Queen, become allies as, marooned in German Central Africa during World War I, they fight their old launch downriver 'to strike a blow for England'.

©1935 C.S. Forester (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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    D. Hurley 06-22-12
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    "An All Time Classic"

    This is a great book. The characters are well developed and interesting. The dialogue is often witty. The narration is excellent. Two all time memorable characters, Charlie Allnut and Miss Rose Sanger. I love when she says, Nature Mr. Allnut is what we are put on this earth to rise above!

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    Anne Hobart, Australia 03-20-12
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    "very good listening"
    What made the experience of listening to The African Queen the most enjoyable?

    very good story. two main characters well described. can easily imagine being there.


    What other book might you compare The African Queen to and why?

    not sure


    What does Michael Kitchen bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    good voice, effortless listening


    If you could rename The African Queen, what would you call it?

    two sides


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    Gary anaheim, CA, United States 11-03-11
    Gary anaheim, CA, United States 11-03-11 Member Since 2006
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    "bad mood?"

    CS Forester's books have held up remarkably well. He is an excellent author and the narrator is terrific. However, when he wrote African Queen, I can only believe he was in one of those cynical, bad moods.

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  • Anna
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    12/8/12
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    "Great narration of a poignant story"

    I bought this audio book because Michael Kitchen was the narrator, as I think he is one of the best actors around, I was quietly confident that his narrating skills would be just as wonderful, and indeed they are. He is very much an actor who understands the importance of the voice and dialect when creating a character and because of this he really brings the characters and the sense of time and place to life. From listening to the book it seems that C.S Forester is a details author, taking great care in describing the difficult journey Rose and Allnut take, so it was probably best that I listened to the audio book rather than reading it.



    The story itself is actually a rather tragic. Rose and Allnut are two characters who seem to have always been somewhat - inconsequential in world and with the outbreak of the First World War nothing has changed. Their attempt to strike a blow for England comes across as a desperate need for purpose than an heroic grand scheme and needless to say the tone of the book suggests early on that things may not go quite to plan.

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  • Brian
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    3/11/12
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    "Great Story"

    A great story, well written but for the ending which is very poor. The ending in the flim was better.

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