Marie: An Episode in the Life of the Late Allan Quatermain


Read by Peter John Keeble

(4.7 stars; 94 reviews)

This is a superb sweeping romantic adventure story of how Alan Quatermain, hero of fourteen of Rider H Haggard's books, met, fell in love with and married his first wife. It is related from the perspective of old age and is set against the time of the Great Trek in the 1830s. The villains of the piece are truly villainous, Dingaan a portly traitorous despotic Zulu chief, and a Portuguese killer who constantly plots to kill our hero and steal his wife.

This book is written with histrionic flair typical of the Victorian era, gripping battles combined with scenes of fervent emotion. Bigotry and hatred filter through the story, having (as they do even now) a terrible effect on all the characters who harboured such prejudices. (Summary by Peter Keeble) (9 hr 49 min)

Chapters

Dedication 2:56 Read by Peter John Keeble
Preface 1:22 Read by Peter John Keeble
Editors Note 7:51 Read by Peter John Keeble
Allan Learns French 23:58 Read by Peter John Keeble
The Attack On Maraisfontein 30:04 Read by Peter John Keeble
The Rescue 21:41 Read by Peter John Keeble
Hernando Periera 28:01 Read by Peter John Keeble
The Shooting Match 30:55 Read by Peter John Keeble
The Parting 23:59 Read by Peter John Keeble
Allan's Call 28:38 Read by Peter John Keeble
The Camp of Death 25:58 Read by Peter John Keeble
The Promise 23:00 Read by Peter John Keeble
Vrouw Prinsloo Speaks Her Mind 25:58 Read by Peter John Keeble
The Shot in the Kloof 27:35 Read by Peter John Keeble
Dingaan's Bet 24:47 Read by Peter John Keeble
The Rehearsal 25:59 Read by Peter John Keeble
The Play 25:43 Read by Peter John Keeble
Retief Asks a Favour 30:23 Read by Peter John Keeble
The Council 26:05 Read by Peter John Keeble
The Marriage 17:47 Read by Peter John Keeble
The Treaty 39:38 Read by Peter John Keeble
Depart in Peace 29:29 Read by Peter John Keeble
The Court-Martial 32:33 Read by Peter John Keeble
The Innocent Blood 34:50 Read by Peter John Keeble

Reviews

(5 stars)

The story was quite long, still, it was interesting and of course, crafted by a master. Written in the first person, the reader's job was very good; his British accent perfect for the part. Thank you.

Amazing piece of work

(5 stars)

A timeless book that needs no excuse or explanation. It is simply one of the greatest love stories of all time.

(5 stars)

heartrending tale of Quatemains youth and first marriage. Also a fasinating window into the tragic trecks of the boers.

(5 stars)

even knowing how this has to end, it is a devastating book with a true villain.

Incredible

(5 stars)

Wonderful and powerful story and so well read by the narrator. Highly recommended!

Good one

(5 stars)

Haggard sure knew how to write a ripping story

Thank you, Mr. Keeble, for an excellent listening experience. yo

(5 stars)

love anything written by this author he is amazing!

(5 stars)