Tuesday, April 24, 2007

H. Rider Haggard - King Solomon’s Mines (Audio Book)

Title: King Solomon’s Mines
Author: H Rider Haggard

Narrator: John Nicholson

Publisher: www.Librivox.og

First Published: 1885

Running time: 8 hrs 28 min 51 sec

Format: Audio Book

Rating: 6/10

Following a map drawn 300 years ago by a dying man, three adventurers set out in search of the legendary riches of King Solomon's diamond mines. On their journey they have to cross deserts, mountains and inhabitants that kill strangers. Will they make the journey and become the richest men on Earth?

The language used for the descriptions is very simple but very effective, although I'm finding the hunting scenes rather difficult to deal with, as violence towards animals is not something that sits easy with me, even in a book. I could really “feel”
Africa as seen through the narrator’s eyes (it was obvious to me that Haggard knew and loved Africa well), with all the sights, sounds and smells evident in full.

To my mind, many of the ideas are extremely dated as they were very much of their time, however, I did quite enjoy it.

Not bad, but rather a predictable "boys' own" adventure, really.


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