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- Listening Length: 8 hours and 31 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 20 Dec. 2010
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004GV05S6
Lost Horizon Audio Download – Unabridged
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There is a time and a place for crudity and bad language but the strength of writers like James Hilton was that they could hold your attention without having to resort to them.
Lost Horizon is a prime example. The story quickly gets underway and the adventure starts immediately. The characters are strong with Conway and Barnard coming across as likeable, Miss Brinklow as a somewhat shrewish and repressed spinster and Mallinson as a frankly unlikeable neurotic.
The inhabitants of the Lamasery are as inscrutable as the people from that part of the world are reputed to be and the air of mystery remains throughout the book.
I saw the film many years ago and only recently decided to read the book. I found it impossible to put it down. Lost Horizon is perfectly paced, eminently readable and one of the most enjoyable books that I have picked up in a long time. While it is set in the 1930's and the use of language is reflected, I hope that should anyone ever attempt a remake of the film, that they'll make it a period piece and not attempt to bring it into the modern world. That would be a mistake.
In the meantime, watch the Ronald Coleman film and read the book. You won't regret either.
Although the book is clearly set in the 30's with a British perspective, many of the themes struck me as universal. As the book opens, there's an intriguing prologue that sets just the right tone for the story. You are to read a manuscript about the experiences of one Hugh "Glory" Conway, H.M. consul. The manuscript opens with airplane hijacking that seemed all too realistic. Quickly, the hijacking turns into a surprising adventure as the passengers unexpectedly arrive in a little known part of Tibet and are escorted to Shangri-La, a lamasery sitting atop a hidden valley of peace and tranquility. While there, they await an opportunity to arrange passage with the bearers who are bringing a shipment that is expected in 60 days. Conway, however, learns the secrets of Shangri-La and finds himself faced with an extraordinary set of choices.
To me, Shangri-La is a metaphor for the mental tranquility that many spiritual practices can bring. For anyone who has enjoyed these practices, you will know that it can be tempting to withdraw totally into them. To do so can be delicious, especially for the frazzled soul. At the same time, we are made of flesh, blood and boil with emotions that seek their venting through action. How can the two instincts be reconciled?Read more ›
The story is a pleasure to read - well-wrtten and thought-provoking. Although over 70 years old, the theme has relevance for today - perhaps even more so in the digital age than when it was first written. There is something prophetic about it. The nature of time and of human wisdom and learning is explored in Conway's conversations with the High Lama.
I can recommend "Lost Horizon" to anyone who yearns for a simpler and slower pace of life, where humanity is not enslaved to time. The 1937 film, while changing some of the characters, stays true to the theme at the heart of the story and is also well-worth seeing when you have time on your hands.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I see this book has variously been described as boring, lacking in action and with too much dialogue! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Country girl
Haven't read it yet so can't comment... Beautifully packaged. Can't say more than that!Published 1 month ago by Jane Snell
This is an absolute classic. I read it on holiday - pure escapism.Published 3 months ago by Amelia Fitzgibbon
nicely produced re-print of the classic a most enjoyable re-read of book read many years agoPublished 5 months ago by Mr. H,T,Suddick
I want to know the model of the airplane.
It was DC-2 in the movie of 1937, but DC-2 made the first flight in 1934.
THIS HAS BECOME A CLASSIC READ SINCE IT WAS WRITTEN IN THE 30'S. AN EXCELLANT STORY, INTERESTING CHARACTERS, AND A BOOK FOR MEN AND WOMEN. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mrs. V. Jeffery