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King Solomon’s Mines is the story of the leader Allan Quatermain and his adventurous group of followers on their mission to find the lost brother of an aristocrat, Sir Henry Curtis. Considered similar to Robert Louise Stevenson’s novel Treasure Island, Haggard’s book proved to be another must-read adventure novel in the international literary world. The African desert hides underneath its sands myths and legends that lasted for centuries in the minds of the locals. Quatermain has a mysterious map that could lead to the ancient mines of the wise King Solomon. The road to discovery is not easy, and the group of adventurers must pass through dangerous and life threatening situations. They are taken prisoner by a local tribe ruled by King Twala, a violent and cruel person who wove his path to the throne by killing his brother and abandoning his sister-in-law in the hot sun of the African desert. The novel presents a whole series of furious battles between the Englishmen and the indigenous tribes, in the end the road to King Solomon’s mines being revealed by the maleficent Gagool. The mysteries deepen when Quatermain discovers the body of the adventurer who drew the map to these mines in his own blood. But how will they get to the labyrinth of the mines and find the correct route through? This and many mysteries will keep you riveted as you read this book. King Solomon’s Mines is a great book to explore the ancient world and discover wisdom through Haggard's amazing narration.
Great story. Great reader.
An absolute classic that lets you go along with the characters in wild Africa.
It must have been me. I thought the recording was of very poor quality. The speakers kept popping and it sounded like the reader was too close to the mic. I loved the story, and am looking forward to hearing the next Alan Quartermain adventure
Narrator repeatedly mispronounces the main character's name! It's Qua-ter-main, not QuaR-ter-main. Nitpicky? Maybe. But come on.
Reader fits the story; classic adventure literature.
The reader gives a fine narration; not an outstanding performance, but he reads in a clear manner and gives each character a voice which makes it quite easy to follow. Either the story drags or perhaps the reader during an early middle portion, perhaps both. This story is a not politically correct. It has animals being killed for no good reason and a shocking amount of racism. If you can somehow manage to overlook this fact, the story itself is intriguing and adventurous with a good plot and satisfying ending.
Narrator good but slow at times, book bored me in middle.
Great book, great reading adventure. Beautifully read.
Very gripping story, extremely different to the movies of it I've seen!
What a great adventure story! Fantastic narration.
I stopped at chapter 4....... I couldn't take the slaughtering of the animals anymore.
John Nicholson does a wonderful job with the narration, and makes it very enjoyable to listen to.
An excellent book! The Narrator does a very good job! Congratulations!
Really enjoyed this story, (but not the vivid hunting sections so much.) I understand that hunting was something that was quite casual back when so I struggled through. The reader takes a while to get used to, and no he is not English, but grows on you after a while, kinda makes the character Quartermain in his own voice. I enjoyed this reader much better in Allan Quartermain.