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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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  • Lynne
  • Orangevale, CA, United States
  • 07-31-15

Thoroughly enjoyable, almost.

I love the movie and the book just fleshed it out nicely. Then came the ending and I was minutely disappointed. Not enough to dislike the book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Book & movie

The African Queen has always been one of my favorite movies. Having the opportunity to listen to the audiobook fleshed out much about the characters that the movie obviously could not do. I would recommend this audible book to anyone who is a fan of the movie, or the works of CS Forrester

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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like the ending of the movie much better.

They went all that way and yes they are in one piece at the end, but did not finish their mission. Ending so weak.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Adds a lot of detail beyond the great movie

Would you consider the audio edition of The African Queen to be better than the print version?

Dont know, did not read it

What was one of the most memorable moments of The African Queen?

The character developement and realationship between the main characters was great.

Have you listened to any of Michael Kitchen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

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

No

Any additional comments?

Get this even if you have seen the movie, the movie is great but does not have the rich character developement that this book has.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A great story!

Forester is an amazing storyteller and his details pull the reader in instead of boring them. It was interesting to see how they made the Bogart movie using the best pieces of the book (although I like the movie ending better for once). I recommend all of Forester's books!

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Adventure classic beautifully performed

If you could sum up The African Queen in three words, what would they be?

rollicking good fun

What did you like best about this story?

The characters were wonderfully written and wonderfully performed by Michael Kitchen.

Which scene was your favorite?

I was riveted when they were going down the rapids.

If you could take any character from The African Queen out to dinner, who would it be and why?

It would be the narrator, Michael Kitchen! Because he is so good!

Any additional comments?

Exciting story perfectly read!

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C.S. Forester & Michael Kitchen: Excellent!

I loved the movie with Humphrey Bogart and Kathrine Hepburn and am a serious Michael Kitchen fan (Out of Africa, Foyle's War, Falling, Alibi, Reckless/Reckless: The Sequel, The Guilty, etc.), so I could not pass up the combination of Forester's novel (which I read long ago) and Kitchen's expressive voice. I was not disappointed.

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You can almost hear the narrator smiling...

I would have given it 5 stars if the book hadn't ended so abruptly. There is a smile in the narrator's voice as he reads.

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  • Anne
  • Hobart, Australia
  • 03-20-12

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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  • Anna
  • 12-08-12

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.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Brian
  • 03-11-12

Great Story

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

2 of 2 people found this review helpful