Allan Quatermain was the quintessential Victorian English gentleman cum African big-game hunter. In this book, the second in the series, Quaterman and his two good friends from KSM have tired of their dull and unfulfilling lives in England, and decide to search for the truth of an old tale about the existence of an isolated white kingdom deep in darkest Africa. Their journey and subsequent adventures are sure to satisfy those who enjoy tales of dangerous quests and heroic just-in-time derring-do.
Allan Quatermain appears in some 15 to 18 stories or books by H. Rider Haggard. (The number varies by source and apparently depends on how one chooses to count the shorter stories.) Haggard suggests that Quatermain was the author of the works, and he (Haggard) only edited and published them. The most famous Quatermain book is the first, King Solomon’s Mines (1885), and the sequel (1887) was Allan Quatermain – in which the main character, shall we say, departs for a better place! All the other Quatermain books – even those whose events occurred earlier in time – seem to have been written after these two main titles.
The internal chronology of Quatermain’s life is a big mess, to be honest. As you study the research and learn of the numerous contradictions of timing of events in the books, you see that conjecture and invention are required to create any kind of internal chronology that makes sense. So my advice is to read (listen to) the books for enjoyment, don’t take notes!, and don’t worry about how one event simply can’t be possible on the apparent date because it conflicts wtih some other event in a different story! Hey! It’s fiction – anything goes!
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May 15, 2014
The reader is pretty good, but I had a really hard time being interested in this story.
May 02, 2014
Good story and fine narrator
April 16, 2014
Loved this! Strange places, odds are against us, underwater lake and 2 queens. Guns, pole axes and brains. Very descriptive. Enjoyed the reading.
October 19, 2013
I found the story just too slow a pace to keep my interest.
March 09, 2013
Very good. The reading was well done for an amateur. The story itself was also quite good, with only a few stretches of excessive exposition. Definitely recommended for fans of adventure stories.
January 07, 2013
Well read and presented. Entertaining adventure - Hooked onto Allan Quatermain stories.
December 09, 2012
This is a great old-time adventure well-written and beautifully narrated
October 11, 2012
Great classic. Well read.
August 22, 2012
Great story! Well read.
August 12, 2012
February 24, 2012
Enjoyed this book. Well written and very entertaining.
January 20, 2012
Amazing book. Well read.
September 30, 2011
A wonderfully descriptive and eloquently written book- an era long gone but well remembered. As a South African, I can say that Rider Haggard is true to life in his writings of Africa. Thank you to the Librivox volunteers and the developers of this application who have made this possible! 10 stars!! I look forward to reading/ hearing the "rest of the story"