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|From Jim Weiss:
George Alfred Henty lived in the late 1800's and was the author of more than
seventy novels and countless short stories. Although his life included stints as
an army officer at the height of the British Empire, a war journalist and an
explorer, his worldwide fame rests on his superb, historically-accurate novels.
These novels cover 28 centuries of the most exciting events in human history,
starting in ancient Egypt and ending in Henty's own time with events and famous
individuals he personally knew. His love of adventure, coupled with a stunning
capacity to accurately portray historical detail, allowed him to place a
fictional young person to interact with the true, main characters of the pivotal
points in history. Thus, the reader experiences the true events, the leading
figures, and the customs and conditions of each era, all couched in exciting
Because of the sheer amount of detail in the books, we have thoughtfully, gently
abridged them for our recordings but you will never feel that they are abridged.
Both as adventures and as portraits of how people lived, the recordings are
complete, accurate and exciting; and I read them with distinct characterization
and fine-tuned narration.
Here are a few important considerations:
Having experienced battle first hand, Henty wrote battle scenes more graphic
than those that you will find in our Greathall line of storytelling recordings.
This, plus the amount of historical detail leads us to suggest that Henty's
books are best experienced by those who are at least 7 or 8 years old. They are
very appropriate for older children and even adults. Accurate, exciting and with
a strong ethical, undercurrent, Henty's works are a splendid way to bring
history to life.