King Solomon's Mines

Read by John Nicholson

(4.6 stars; 685 reviews)

King Solomon’s Mines, first published in 1885, was a best-selling novel by the Victorian adventure writer H. Rider Haggard. It relates a journey into the heart of Africa by a group of adventurers led by Allan Quatermain in search of the legendary wealth said to be concealed in the mines of the novel’s title. It is significant as the first fictional adventure novel set in Africa, and is considered the genesis of the Lost World literary genre. - Haggard wrote over 50 books, among which were 14 novels starring Allan Quatermain.
(Summary by Wikipedia/John Nicholson) (9 hr 51 min)


Chapter 01 28:14 Read by John Nicholson
Chapter 02 23:07 Read by John Nicholson
Chapter 03 30:10 Read by John Nicholson
Chapter 04 24:30 Read by John Nicholson
Chapter 05 34:10 Read by John Nicholson
Chapter 06 27:53 Read by John Nicholson
Chapter 07 40:23 Read by John Nicholson
Chapter 08 21:10 Read by John Nicholson
Chapter 09 32:53 Read by John Nicholson
Chapter 10 35:08 Read by John Nicholson
Chapter 11 36:27 Read by John Nicholson
Chapter 12 27:59 Read by John Nicholson
Chapter 13 23:20 Read by John Nicholson
Chapter 14 47:16 Read by John Nicholson
Chapter 15 29:17 Read by John Nicholson
Chapter 16 29:47 Read by John Nicholson
Chapter 17 31:44 Read by John Nicholson
Chapter 18 27:32 Read by John Nicholson
Chapter 19 25:38 Read by John Nicholson
Chapter 20 14:33 Read by John Nicholson


starts off ok & ends excellently

(5 stars)

the other reviews on on about how great the reader is and how adventurous the story is, so i was all set for an amazing audiobook. i found myself disappointed in just the first few minutes of reading and by the second or third chapter i was about ready to give up on the book because it was not read that well and was hard to follow. but i held out until the group started across the desert and by the end i was so glad i finished the book! the reader gets in a good groove and starts to read better and voices characters (the old ladies voice!). the story gets active and exciting (though of course unrealistic). and finishes off with an unexpected find. recommended to young and old male or female!


(5 stars)

Fantastic story! I have listened to this recording of this book over 12 times and just as many times to several other Lbrivox recordings of Haggard's works. it's easy to see how the Author and his character have been entertaining us for over a century.

ripping yarn

(4 stars)

For the most part it is a wonderful ripping yarn. It suffers slightly in todays terms by some historical prejudices. It was generally well read. There wasan annoying glitch with the book whereby at the end of each chapter it would then skip a chapter so I had to stop it and manually select the correct chapter to listen to next. i do not know whether the fault is with libervox or my device.


(4 stars)

Did anybody else catch the fact that it took the reader 12 chapters to get the author's name right not a big deal by no means I just thought that was funny other than that it's a great book and it was read well.

Free Audio Review

(4 stars)

This is an adventure tail in the classic form. It is exciting and full of action, from fending off wild animals right through to terrible battles. The characters are well developed and you get to feel for them as they go through their various struggles. What struggles they are! Perhaps the story takes a little while to get going, but it's not long and it's worth the wait because you will find yourself drawn into the book scene by scene. Well worth a listen, and very well read. If you want to read more of my reviews of free audio found on the web visit

A fascinating and enthralling tale

(4.5 stars)

This is a very interesting book, written in 1885 and yet a lot of the themes are surprisingly progressive and I found those almost as interesting as the fine tale of adventure that they weave through. There are some moments one may wince at how something is expressed but in general it’s a smashing tale. The reader does a good job although the audio quality dips in a few places it’s very listenable and entertaining

The prototype for many adventure stories

(4 stars)

The book is an interesting adventure story set back in the days of British colonialism in Africa. Don't expect a modern outlook on race and ecology... It took me a bit to get used to the narrator, and it took him a few chapters to get into the swing of things, but once he did, it was good.

Great listen

(4.5 stars)

the reader was excellent. he really captures the tone and spirit of the book. his voices are also excellent. I had one problem with the last 15 mins of chapter 14 being missing so I took off 1/2 star. I used another Librivox application to listen to the same recording and then came back to this app again