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King Solomon's Mines [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio CD]

H. Rider Haggard , Bill Homewood

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Book Description

June 6 2007 Junior Classics
King Solomon's Mines is set in nineteenth century Africa. Allan Quartermain, hunter, is commissioned by the valiant Sir Henry Curtis and his jovial friend Captain Good to lead them to the fabled lost mines of King Solomon. In the company of these dauntless men we undertake the most exciting safari ever described. We hunt big game, we go to war with the terrifying King Twala of Kukuanaland and his diabolical henchwoman Gagaoola - and are amazed by the twist at the end.

Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Naxos Audio Books; Abridged edition edition (June 6 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9626343540
  • ISBN-13: 978-9626343548
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 2.4 x 13.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 200 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,201,808 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Bill Homewood's ability to summon up the entire cast, from Sir Henry Curtis, Dr Goode and beautiful Foulata to the evil King Twala and the witch Gagool, is magnificent. He gets the clicks, the accents, the rhythm of the prose and the feel of Africa spot on." -- Amanda Craig "The Independent - December 2005"

From AudioFile

Deepest, darkest Africa as imagined by a nineteenth-century Englishman may seem hopelessly dated to modern listeners. This recording of an 1886 novel about a trio of adventurers who search for Solomon's legendary chamber of diamonds, however, is surprisingly fresh. The credit is entirely due to Bill Homewood, whose comfort with the work is evident--he did the abridgment and wrote the notes in addition to handling the narration. The most memorable of his many voices is that of the hideous witch Gagaoola, a Gollum-like character who mutters curses and cackles diabolically. Overall, Homewood emphasizes that, rather than being a condescending portrayal of Africans, the story is all in good fun. D.B. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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5.0 out of 5 stars Blends the exciting saga with classical music Aug. 6 2006
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Format:Audio CD
Set in nineteenth century Africa, King Solomon's Mines by Sir Henry Rider Haggard is an adventure novel about an expedition searching for the legendary lost mines of King Solomon. Three dauntless men face off against big game, the ruthless King Twala of Kukuanaland, the king's crafty henchwoman Gagoola, and more. Like all Naxos audiobooks, King Solomon's Mines blends the exciting saga with classical music. Narrator Bill Homewood applies his expertise in radio, television, film, and stage to this dramatic presentation. 3 CDs, 3 hour 50 min.

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