Candice was generous to give this story much life and detail. Paul's Narrations were beautiful start to finish.
A little too much beautiful detail in this book.
pretty sure I got malaria just listening to it.
I would definitely try another book by Candice Millard, but I would avoid Paul Michael as a narrator. Michael mispronounces words and names (the camarada Julio, who murdered a fellow worker on the Rondon/Roosevelt expedition, is mispronounced as Julio with a J as in Jewel, when, being a Latino name, it should be pronounced with the J as in the name Juan. Every time he says Julio with a hard J it just grates on me. Trying an effeminate reading style when recounting statements by Edith Roosevelt and other women is just silly, as is a phony English accent from someone identified as British. Reading with voices is something I do for my third-graders, but other than reading for emphasis, adults really don't need someone inventing voices for them. It's a bad approach.
When I first read this book years ago, being an admirer of Theodore Roosevelt I was fascinated to hear about this expedition. I knew in the back of my mind that Roosevelt had gone to South America after he lost as a third-party candidate for President, but really knew no other details. Millard's descriptions and story are top-notch.
Anyone who knows how to pronounce names (including scientific names of plants and animals). I could have done a better job, and I mean that.
Definitely. This movie would be a money-maker.
Pretty cool story. I learned a lot about the character and personality of Theodore Roosevelt that that I hadn't heard before. This is a good story of an extreme adventure. Not phenomenal, but still worth the listen. Why does it tell me to "complete writing my review?" This is my review. It is complete. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten.
Well researched, written and narrated. A window into true grit, time and place. Worth it.
I have driven a truck for over 20 years and have listened to hundreds of audio books, only a few have made me so I couldn't wait for the next day of work so as to keep listening-this book is one of them! It is the classic travel adventure tale inline with "Undaunted Courage" and the "Odyssey". Candice Millard did an awesome job putting it all together. Paul Michael, the narrator, is one of the best in the business. (He has performed the "The Da Vinci Code" among others) Buy it-you will not be disappointed!!
If this were a fictional story, it would only rate 2 stars. The fact that it is true and involved one of the most iconic presidents of the United States earns it the additional stars. It is incredible what they went through and survived in a time when adventure and discoveries were such an exciting part of the world.
Beautifully written and told story. Made me feel in the jungle and understand what the world felt like in those days.
Cultural and entertaining. If looking for this, then a must read.