- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 11 hours and 45 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: B.J. Harrison
- Audible.com Release Date: May 3, 2011
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004YZL0YM
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She: A History of Adventure Audiobook – Unabridged
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The plot involves three Englishmen who follow the clues written on an ancient piece of pottery to find a fabulous kingdom hidden in the interior of Africa, where a strange lost race is ruled over by "She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed," a mercurial Queen with supernatural powers, including near-eternal life. The suspense and action rarely flag, and the story set the pattern for countless "lost world" and "lost race" stories that followed, most notably those of Edgar Rice Burroughs. A great read.
One caveat: the $1.00 Kindle version has some typos, and the author's illustrations are missing.
Also, in the style of the day, the characters oft wax philosophical, which can bog down the adventurous nature of the tale. But I find it something I like about early science fiction.
Cons: the publisher has a caveat that the scanning used to create this publication is not perfect and typos were not corrected. very true - found several that slowed my reading, but were not critical to the plot of the book. did not find any noticible text missing.
Book Review: this is a tale that i have wanted to read for some time, but have been unable to find a readable copy without getting into "collector" book proces. i found the writing very typical of the time and the characters complex. it was a good read and i am very glad to have had this opportunity.
This is the story of three Englishmen who, following the dictates of the family legend of one of them, set out to Central Africa to find the lost land of Imperial Kor. What they find is an isolated tribe ruled by an immortal, supernaturally beautiful woman. More would be telling, but this is a good yarn that most readers will enjoy.
Haggard's writing style is a product of his time, and is somewhat dense and archaic by modern standards, but is not bad for all that. He has some of the dialog in the novel use Old English phraseology which was archaic even in his day, and it made some of the novel somewhat hard to read, at least for me. But these are minor quibbles; this is a fine novel that will hold the interest of most readers.
Now, if you read Egyptian, Latin and Greek, all the question marks will be a bugger. But if you're like me and just looking for a good story - you will easily skip those lines and go on to the English explanation. You're not missing anything, and like somebody else said - the ??? come from the software inability to handle Egyptian, Latin and Greek.