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Upon her brother's death, missionary Rose Sayer and Charles Allnutt, disreputable skipper of the African Queen, become allies as, marooned in German Central Africa during World War I, they fight their old launch downriver 'to strike a blow for England'.

©1935 C.S. Forester (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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Great narration. Familiar story. Not great ending. Much preferred the fil m 's happy ending.

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  • Brian Gannaway
  • 25-11-2015

Book & movie

The African Queen has always been one of my favorite movies. Having the opportunity to listen to the audiobook fleshed out much about the characters that the movie obviously could not do. I would recommend this audible book to anyone who is a fan of the movie, or the works of CS Forrester

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  • Donna
  • 22-06-2012

An All Time Classic

This is a great book. The characters are well developed and interesting. The dialogue is often witty. The narration is excellent. Two all time memorable characters, Charlie Allnut and Miss Rose Sanger. I love when she says, Nature Mr. Allnut is what we are put on this earth to rise above!

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  • Juliettedottie
  • 19-09-2017

like the ending of the movie much better.

They went all that way and yes they are in one piece at the end, but did not finish their mission. Ending so weak.

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  • Lynne
  • 31-07-2015

Thoroughly enjoyable, almost.

I love the movie and the book just fleshed it out nicely. Then came the ending and I was minutely disappointed. Not enough to dislike the book.

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  • Bill
  • 18-08-2017

Adds a lot of detail beyond the great movie

Would you consider the audio edition of The African Queen to be better than the print version?

Dont know, did not read it

What was one of the most memorable moments of The African Queen?

The character developement and realationship between the main characters was great.

Have you listened to any of Michael Kitchen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

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Any additional comments?

Get this even if you have seen the movie, the movie is great but does not have the rich character developement that this book has.

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  • Elisabeth Carroll
  • 23-09-2016

C.S. Forester & Michael Kitchen: Excellent!

I loved the movie with Humphrey Bogart and Kathrine Hepburn and am a serious Michael Kitchen fan (Out of Africa, Foyle's War, Falling, Alibi, Reckless/Reckless: The Sequel, The Guilty, etc.), so I could not pass up the combination of Forester's novel (which I read long ago) and Kitchen's expressive voice. I was not disappointed.

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  • Gypsy Girl
  • 18-03-2016

You can almost hear the narrator smiling...

I would have given it 5 stars if the book hadn't ended so abruptly. There is a smile in the narrator's voice as he reads.

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  • bob
  • 21-11-2020

trip though spine of Africa

adventure love and story of sefl enlightenment once you set your mind to do it

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  • A Kindle Customer
  • 04-10-2019

The African Queen

Excellent story (better than movie, the movie was great....but the book is better).I was so enthralled I had to finish the story. Hours fly by when listening to an audiobook and this book is no different. I highly recommend this book. If you loved the movie you'll love the book. Thank you and Happy Reading/Listening.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-06-2019

and I thought the end of the movie was cliche

watched the movie recently and wanted to see how the book compared. as expected better character development but surprisingly anti climatic.

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  • Anna
  • 08-12-2012

Great narration of a poignant story

I bought this audio book because Michael Kitchen was the narrator, as I think he is one of the best actors around, I was quietly confident that his narrating skills would be just as wonderful, and indeed they are. He is very much an actor who understands the importance of the voice and dialect when creating a character and because of this he really brings the characters and the sense of time and place to life. From listening to the book it seems that C.S Forester is a details author, taking great care in describing the difficult journey Rose and Allnut take, so it was probably best that I listened to the audio book rather than reading it.



The story itself is actually a rather tragic. Rose and Allnut are two characters who seem to have always been somewhat - inconsequential in world and with the outbreak of the First World War nothing has changed. Their attempt to strike a blow for England comes across as a desperate need for purpose than an heroic grand scheme and needless to say the tone of the book suggests early on that things may not go quite to plan.

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  • Brian
  • 11-03-2012

Great Story

A great story, well written but for the ending which is very poor. The ending in the flim was better.

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  • Graham Taylor
  • 11-04-2019

GOOD fead

good read look forward to further work A .just perfect night time work to relax

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  • M. Price
  • 13-09-2018

A Perfect Pleasure!

I found this classic tale an absolute delight, it really has everything - adventure, romance, gentle humour a d perfect narration by Michael Kitchen. Highly recommended *****

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  • gary hicken
  • 27-03-2020

Stunning

There was nothing to dislike at all , riveting from start too finish , the ending was different to the film

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  • A. M. Agnew
  • 22-10-2019

very good in every way

this was very exciting to listen to. I would like to say however that it was made for me so exciting by the quality of the narration. Wonderful.

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