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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,760 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henry Rider Haggard Narrator: Bill Homewood Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2011 ISBN:
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Somewhere in Africa, a tiny, primitive tribe, the Amahaggers, live secretly amongst the debris of a lost Egyptian civilization, ruled by the beautiful semi-goddess Ayesha, or She-who-must-be-obeyed. Ludwig Horace Holly, a Cambridge academic, is reluctantly drawn into plans for a voyage in search of this legendary queen. With his adopted son, Leo, he sets out on a brave journey, following a trail of clues. Shipwrecked and captured by cannibals, their voyage soon turns into a nightmare.

This masterpiece of suspense and adventure, by the author of King Solomon's Mines, contains some of the most sensual, gently erotic passages in 19th-century literature.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ilze | 2/16/2014

    " Man's quest for eternal youth seems never-ending! But then, one does "play with fire" if you try to dabble with these things - as She found out to her detriment. Here is also a huge irony: She holds onto life for thousands of years (apparently), but needs to be surrounded by death. It's as if She is obsessed by it: constantly walking around and looking at the mummies, burning the bodies, using their clothes and shunning the sun/hiding in a tomb. One would think that if She really wanted to live, it'd be out in the sun, enjoying life to the full. But no, the past is her domain and her mind seems pre-occupied by little else. It's interesting to note that although She's known as "She-who-must-be-obeyed", she does bow to love. Somehow She doesn't adhere to anything at all, and then She discovers Leo, and bows. In fact, when she discovers what he looks like, she doesn't seem to think straight, and it's a downhill road from there. In fact, perhaps the reason she dies is because her form is incapable of existing among the living. In spite of all that has been written about this book, and the commentaries that appear about it, I prefer Haggard's King Solomon's Mines. It certainly has more action - in She the protagonists aren't only carried around by the Amahagger, they are at the disposal of She, they become manipulated by her and they're stuck in caves and don't seem to experience much besides the ancestory they're surrounded by ... this does not detract from a good story (and now I know where "Raiders of the Lost Arc" came from!). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lucy | 2/14/2014

    " Not as funny as King Solomon's Mines, but less horrid hunting stuff to skip. The hot-potting is great fun. Don't take it seriously, it's hopelessly of its time but not one of the best-ever sellers for nothing. And the denouement is truly thrilling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kashfia Nehrin | 1/18/2014

    " yes , she is the masterpiece of Haggard, Leo Vinci was mesmerizing so was that "She" ... Awesome plot,greatest adventures of all time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tana | 1/18/2014

    " 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. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Squeaky | 12/31/2013

    " 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 Angela | 10/4/2013

    " This books is written in a classic literature style. However, the story that is told is haunting and touches the sense of wonder that we all have. Quite unique. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 10/1/2013

    " I'm so glad this is over........ need I say more? "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Scott | 9/29/2013

    " A rousing adventure ... I kept thinking this would have been a really great book if I had read it in 1905. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dennis | 1/27/2013

    " Wow, this was a surprise for me, more than enough sex and adventure for a few books! A straightforward plot, uncomplicated by a lot of dross to fill pages. They don't write them like this anymore. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dagny | 11/18/2012

    " I really enjoyed Holly and the search. But found the character of She herself incredibly tedious. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaime | 11/8/2012

    " An excellent adventure read. It has themes of faith, humaity and mortlaity in it. The main character, Ayesha will stay with you forever. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Natalie DeMaioribus | 9/21/2012

    " Normally I'm very tolerant of older books containing attitudes that were a product of their times, but this one strained even my patience. The plot limped along and the writing failed to deliver, and overall I was so displeased with it that I can't remember whether I actually finished it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eric | 7/24/2012

    " What a weird book... Haggard's trip into a metaphorical vagina complete with a fem-fatale character lurking inside. That's my take on it anyway. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Toby | 6/27/2012

    " Interesting novel about an immortal woman and all the spiritual and political-social implications of power and immortality.[return] "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jen | 4/30/2011

    " It's very victorian sounding, and the whole time I was reading it, I was convinced I had already read it. I finished it, though. It was fairly engrossing, if very dated. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Irene | 3/28/2011

    " Amusing but a bit too much blather. Prefer Solomon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 3/3/2011

    " What a great page-turning, rip-roaring adventure about She, who of course, must be obeyed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abby | 2/9/2011

    " This is a really fun adventure novel from the Victorian era. It's an exciting, creative story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clay | 1/5/2011

    " First book read on my new Kindle. Obtained the copy from Gutenberg Project. Very enjoyable. I am enthusiastic about the Kindle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 1/3/2011

    " This should probably be 3 and a half stars - somewhere between "liked" and "really liked." A classic fantasy adventure novel from the end of the 19th century in the deepest, darkest heart of Africa. There were a few slow parts, but overall a great story! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Scott | 11/26/2010

    " A rousing adventure ... I kept thinking this would have been a really great book if I had read it in 1905.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 11/9/2010

    " loved it, want to write one like it some day "

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