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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,744 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henry Rider Haggard Narrator: Stephen Pacey Publisher: The Copyright Group Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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My empire is of the imagination. These are the words of Ayesha, the mysterious white queen of a Central African tribe, whose dread title, 'She-who-must-be-obeyed', testifies to her undying beauty and magical powers; but they serve equally well to describe the hold of her author, Henry Rider Haggard, on generations of readers. Writing 'at white heat', and in the flush of success after the publication of King Solomon's Mines, Haggard drew again on his knowledge of Africa and of ancient legends, but also on something deeper and more disturbing. To the Englishmen who journey through shipwreck, fever, and cannibals to her hidden realm, 'She' is the goal of a quest bequeathed to them two thousand years before; to Haggard's readers, 'She' is the embodiment of one of the most potent and ambivalent figures of Western mythology, a female who is both monstrous and desirable - and, without question, deadlier than the male.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Bruce Hartman | 2/17/2014

    " A great book. I've read it two or three times and am inching to read it again. This and King Solomon's Mines are the progenitors of about half the books on the best seller list, but they're a lot better written. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tom | 2/15/2014

    " I don't think I could be friends with someone who didn't enjoy this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jules | 2/7/2014

    " Although I am a huge fan of fiction from Victorian times, this book was somewhat disappointing. As it was billed as science fiction, I expected it to be somewhat connected to science or technology. However it proved to be a disinteresting fantasy that took several hours too long to read. I believe that the book would have been more palatable had the author chosen to transcribe the Arabic script into common English instead of a flowery high English to try and convey the fact that they were speaking an ancient language. This is a good tool to use in a short story, but it loses its magic quickly in a full-length novel. It did however have some interesting conversations and some prose that was worth reading. I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more if it had been billed as fantasy or travel fiction and not as a science fiction adventure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tara | 1/30/2014

    " Some people say this a misogynistic book. Duh, totally. But it's also creepy and weird and strangely fascinating. Sexism exists/existed, and otherwise awesome people say/said stupid things. We suspend our beliefs and prejudices for tons of ridiculous things; it would be a shame to miss this book. We also may read too much into it in our P.C.-watchdog times. Regardless of all the Victorian-era b.s. it's sort of... fun. "

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