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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: July 2012 ISBN:
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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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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Els | 1/25/2014

    " At first I thought this book was going to be very pro-women but that is the farthest thing from the truth. The whole story sets itself up to talk about the character of Leo but you spend the entire narration listening to Holly and his take on things. It's a good book to analyze but I found little enjoyment because I kept waiting for things to happen and mostly this "adventure" novel was a "let's hear some stories" novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lynne - The Book Squirrel | 1/22/2014

    " Finally finished this on the M27 in a traffic jam! No, I was not driving but it did kill 2 hours! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Frank Hoppe | 1/14/2014

    " Florid old-school sci-fi from the Jules Verne era. Nothing scarier than a supernaturally powerful female to folks in that era (and many today, too). The source for the phrase "she who must be obeyed." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jillian | 1/13/2014

    " I had so much fun reading this! My Victorian Lit professor would be proud. Here's the full review on my site. https://litbeetle.wordpress.com/2012/... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sonia Chan | 1/10/2014

    " Want to see the beginning of Fantasy fiction. Then read this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tana | 1/10/2014

    " I don't usually get into 19th century novels about aristocratic adventurers and "savages." But with a main character called "She Who Must Be Obeyed," how could I resist. I actually quite enjoyed this and its an easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 TrumanCoyote | 1/10/2014

    " The prose is a bit overbaked in places, and the narrator isn't nearly as fun as the guy in King Solomon's Mines. But the climax is pretty cool, and indeed even manages to be rather poignant. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 B | 12/18/2013

    " I got to Chapter 22. I just couldn't keep going. The first fives chapters were interesting but then I just couldn't get into it. I tried. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kila | 12/15/2013

    " I really liked this one. He has such a beautiful writing style "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 dead letter office | 12/13/2013

    " this book about the mythical queen of a lost city in the jungles of africa should have been better. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Squeaky | 9/7/2013

    " I had to read this for an otherwise interesting class on Victorian Adventure and Children's books. I threw this across the room at least twice in total frustration. It's easily one of the most misogynist things I've ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenna | 8/23/2013

    " Adventure in its finest form "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Benjamin Featherston | 8/4/2013

    " This is a story of lost civilizations, ancient magic, and a complex and engaging foe.It would be a great book, if not for the author's constant bigotry, misogyny, and sermonizing. I will most likely choose not to revisit H. Rider Haggard. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ishan Jayawardene | 5/2/2013

    " Sometimes, life is really worth the trouble. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 9/21/2012

    " Some of the passages are so moving, so descriptive, that it makes you want to stand on a chair and be Holly in that moment. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Anne | 9/17/2012

    " For young boys, quite silly, yet clearly influential. "

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