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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (15,612 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henry Rider Haggard Narrator: Simon Prebble Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2011 ISBN:
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One of the best-selling novels of the 19th century, King Solomon's Mines has inspired dozens of adventure stories, including Edgar Rice Burroughs's Tarzan books and the Indiana Jones movies. Vivid and enormously action-packed, Henry Rider Haggard's tale of danger and discovery continues to shock and thrill, as it has since it was first presented to the public and heralded as the most amazing book ever written.

The story begins when renowned safari hunter Allan Quatermain agrees to help Sir Henry Curtis and Captain John Good search for King Solomon's legendary cache of diamonds. Eager to find out what is true, what is myth, and what is really buried in the darkness of the mines, the tireless adventurers delve into the Sahara's treacherous Veil of Sand, where they stumble upon a mysterious lost tribe of African warriors. Finding themselves in deadly peril from that country's cruel king and the evil sorceress who conspires behind his throne, the explorers escape, but what they seek could be the most savage trap of all---the forbidden, impenetrable, and spectacular King Solomon's Mines.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lanetta Dickens | 2/11/2014

    " To me personally, it was wrong for the explorers to steal gold from the king. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 bogan Sankar | 2/10/2014

    " It was a great novel except for it's blatant racism,but that can be forgiven for the times it was written.And those times were not very race or gender sensitive "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cameron | 2/10/2014

    " You can't go wrong with the classics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keith Slade | 2/9/2014

    " Good fantasy about searching for a lost kingdom's treasure in Africa. This author inspired many of Edgar Rice Burrough's stories. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chuck Ackerson | 2/8/2014

    " Certainly a good book to read. One thing that bothered me was when the group followed a map, of dubious authenticity, into an unknown area with little preparation for such a trek. The British humor came out which made me a bit homesick for England. The book moved quickly and kept me interested from "cover to cover". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate | 1/29/2014

    " Despite the occasionally awkward and repetitive writing and the sensibilities of more than a hundred years ago that are not politically correct now, King Solomon's Mines was an exciting read, even more so when you look at it as one of the earliest works in the (for lack of a better name) Indiana Jones Adventure genre. Haggard obviously knows Africa well, and he paints his exotic settings and characters with skill. I'm not sure I would give the book to anyone too young, because it is sometimes quite violent and graphic, and because it takes some maturity to not be offended by the prejudices and sensibilities of another time, place and culture. But if, like I, you enjoy stories of Colonial Africa and straight up good, clean adventure, King Solomon's Mines is a great place to start. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucille | 1/20/2014

    " My brother was the one that recommended that I read this. He warned me before I started that it was slow getting in, but it turns into a pretty good read. King Solomon's Mines follows is the adventure story of three englishmen, Allan Quartermain, Sir Henry Curtis, and his friend Captain Good, along with a handsome and well-spoken native, Umpoba. They search for King Solomon's mines; one for wealth, two to recover a lost son, and one to reclaim what is rightfully his. The adventure leads them across the perilous desert, and over the snowy mountains, where freezing and starvation keep them on the edge of death. When they finally think that they are free of their dangers, they are confronted by an army of natives. Due to some quick thinking and the strange appearence of Captain Good, the men convince the natives that they are from the stars. They are then caught up in a battle for power, and finally learn that their quest for wealth has lead them to almost certain death. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mij | 1/19/2014

    " I'm of two minds about this book. On the one hand, I can see where this book is the font from which a great number of subsequent adventure stories have sprung. As such, I find it worthwhile. On the other hand, as a story, it hasn't aged well, and modern readers may be put off by its more racist themes. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liz | 1/16/2014

    " Classic boys' adventure story, only the main characters are men in their 40's or 50's instead of youngsters. Since it was written in the late 1800's I was expecting worse in terms of the treatment of the African characters. Not great, but not as bad as it could have been. As an adventure, it's not bad, and there are a couple of funny parts. I had a hard time getting past the lack of female characters and the senseless elephant slaughter. If you're looking for something from this era, I'd recommend Kipling instead. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katherine | 1/14/2014

    " Very much a story written by a white Victorian man for other white Victorian men. After reading "Lost City of Z," I didn't find Quartermain a particularly impressive character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ian | 1/7/2014

    " Superb adventure story, wonderful setting. Written for kids but great for adults, and one would need to explain to children the colonialist context. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 10/12/2013

    " This was a lot of fun. Very clever, funny adventure story, but since I am not a huge fan of adventure stories, it only got 3 stars. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John Dow | 10/2/2013

    " Really really enjoyed this. Plain old fashioned adventure from a simpler time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 5/9/2013

    " What a fun read! I loved it! Packed full of intrigue, adventure, interest and intensity. I hope never to forget Allan Quartermain, Sir Henry, Godd adn Umbopa (Ingosi). Love hearing about lost civilazations and secret treasures. An excellent fun and humorous book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bryan457 | 2/1/2013

    " A pretty decent swashbuckling adventure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 11/13/2012

    " Loved it. I will definitely be reading more H. Rider Haggard! I've now read all of the stories that include the characters in "The League of Extraordinary Gentleman" except for Captain Nemo. ;-) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dylan | 7/17/2012

    " I found bits of it slightly racist, but what should I expect from someone who romanticized the British Empire? It was still a pretty good adventure story, but I didn't really enjoy it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Cook | 3/31/2012

    " Haggard's writing is descriptive without being tedious. The characters are relatable and fun. The hero, Alan Quatermain, is not a young man. He's in his sixties, but he is rough and ready for a good elephant hunt, or to lead an expedition across the desert. This is an adventure worth a read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aisha | 6/25/2011

    " I felt the book was slow to start, it was not until they became "people of the stars" that I laughed out loud and found myself immersed in the book. The pace was good from then on. A fun little adventure book from that era. I recommend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 AF | 2/14/2011

    " A little slow to start, but excellent overall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachael | 9/9/2010

    " Really good book! It took me a while to really get into it, but once the travellers came upon Kukuanaland, the adventure truly started! All of the characters are perfectly developed and likable while the descriptions of setting and action are incredible. It's definitely something I would read again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matt | 4/15/2010

    " One of the very best Victorian/Adventure novels I've read to date. Very easy to read. All sorts of racist/sexist stuff to cringe at and make fun of. Honestly, is there anything that Sir Henry can't do? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marlene | 5/20/2009

    " Be careful, this book will take you away...adventure by adventure by adventure... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 7/30/2008

    " Fascinating look at the origins of the adventure novel. Without Haggard there would be no Indiana Jones or other such adventure heroes. A fun, strange read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Plangji | 9/3/2007

    " such a nice book to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 4/26/2007

    " Definitely books from a different generation. She was an interesting tale of mysterious jungle adventure... Quatermain's tales seemed from an error of bloody machoism that were tough to stomach. "

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