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First published in 1885, with billboards and posters around London announcing "The Most Amazing Book Ever Written". It became an immediate best seller. The genesis of the Lost World literary genre!

The search of an unexplored region of Africa by a group of adventurers, led by Allan Quatermain, for a missing brother, lost while searching for the mythical mines of King Solomon. It is the first English adventure novel set in Africa. The novel has been adapted to film at least six times. The first version premiered in 1937.

Public Domain (P)2015 Trout Lake Media

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poor quality

awesome story, performance of audio terrible. sounded muffled hard to distinguish words. spend the money on a more expensive copy.

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Classic Adventure Story

I usually seek out Mr. Munro when there is a classic to be read. He usually does not disappoint. His voice seems suited for 18th century literature. I know that classic adventure stories can pale in comparison with plot lines and ease of today’s authors. But taking the book as it is for it’s time I enjoyed it very much.

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This narrator is the absolute worst

Great story but the dude that reads it is painful. I couldn't do it! I had to actually buy another version to listen to!

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  • Jim
  • Santa Barbara
  • 12-21-16

Loved it....

Old fashioned in so many ways, including language, but of course that is the charm. The locutions hearken to a day when language was happily taken much more seriously. The story is of course fanciful also in an old fashioned way, but slips the reader away into a fantasy land like few others. While dated by language and racist pronouncements, it remains a classic, not disconnected from other classics such as Heart of Darkness, and King Leopold's Ghost. I recommend it, even for young boys learning to stretch their imagination.

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Reading a little mechanical

Great classic book, and clear reading, just a little bit droning which let my mind wander on occasion, had to play many sections back to keep up with the story.

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  • Jerry Cornelius
  • 07-29-16

Baffling narration

What didn’t you like about Alan Munro’s performance?

The most stilted, unnatural narration I've ever endured. Almost like a machine. Utterly distracting and horrible. I will avoid anything narrated by this chap.

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  • cliff
  • 08-22-16

Yawn....

The bass on the narrator almost makes the speakers blow... Very dull and slow, returned after 1st chapter...

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  • Christopher B Eccles
  • 04-06-18

The great first adventure.

Great voice and memorable story. A nineteenth century Indiana Jones! Diamonds, gold and witchdoctors galore.

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  • Mr. R. J. Hall
  • 03-25-18

Swash buckling brilliance

I've read this book many times but this is the first time I have listened to it and I will listen again and again.

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  • Nigel McDowell
  • 07-01-16

Audible?

Would you try another book written by Henry Rider Haggard or narrated by Alan Munro?

I have only recently tried audible books. The first two were Harry Potter 1&2. Both easy to hear. This one is too faint to be of any use

What will your next listen be?

Doubtful if I'll bother.

How could the performance have been better?

Better sound.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from King Solomon's Mines?

Not applicable.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful