This book exceeded my expectations. It was an informative, exciting, well-researched, and very well-narrated. I am at a loss to pick my next listen, as I feel I am still with Teddy and company in Brazil! A book I will listen to again very soon!
In my opinion this book was well written and perfectly read. Their expedition was simply an incredible journey and an amazing accomplishment. This story is a testament of man’s will to endure and to survive. At times I found myself not wanting to leave my car, what a great story!
I always have admired Teddy but this journey made me have some doubts.
Fascinating accounts of the flora and fauna could almost stand alone.
As I am about to take a cruise on the world's greatest river, I was looking for an exciting Amazon adventure story that might be informative as well. Candice Millard provided me with that and much more. Her account of Theodore Roosevelt's greatest and nearly deadly adventure is packed with fascinating details on the natural evolution of the river's plants and insects and animals and natives and explains how they all came together on a land mass that had broken away from the African continent to create the world's largest rain forest. On top of that, the book paints a remarkable portrait of one of America's first great environmentalists and one of America's greatest bigger than life historical characters. As I have learned since listening to the book, Ms. Millard is a former editor for National Geographic, which partially explains her substantial knowledge of the Amazon's natural, geographical and geological history but beyond that she has the literary horsepower to weave all of those details into the wonderfully interesting story of a great American's true life adventure.
This has been one of my favorite Audible books to listen to. The story is well written and suspenseful the whole way through. On top of that the narrator has a wonderful voice and I was easily able to listen to him without losing attention or track of the story.
What a wonderful book. We are so glad we bought the unabridged version. We would not have wanted to miss a minute of Theodore Roosevelt's dangerous and challenging trip with his son.
I bought this book solely because I thoroughly enjoy the narrator, Paul Michael. What I found was a historical novel more riveting than fiction. The way the author describes the Amazon rain forest is nothing short of spellbinding. I have a new found appreciation for Teddy Roosevelt, a greater awe for the Amazon (and even a bit of adventurism spurred from this book). This is a story of a man who undergoes immense physical hardship to overcome depression; a perspective which is welcome in my own life. A full, unequivocal, 5 stars.
This is not normally the type of book I would read or listen to, and I can't remember what prompted me to buy it. Having said that, I quite enjoyed it. This expedition was something I had never heard about. I wouldn't say all the details were fascinating, but they were interesting. Sometimes I felt like I was on this expedition with them. It really is sort of amazing that they survived. I thought the narration was good, which is important in an audio book. I recommend it, especially if history, Theodore Roosevelt, the Amazonian wilderness of Brazil, or adventures are your thing.
I had a hunch when I bought "The River of Doubt" that I might enjoy it - I am a biologist interested in American History and I have long admired Theodore Roosevelt. This audiobook however is much more than just enjoyable. The narration is intriguing, the people come alive and one can nearly feel, smell, and see what happened along the River of Doubt in early 1914. I listened during commutes in my car and at times I found myself in the parking lot listening a few more minutes as I did not want to part with Roosevelt, Rondon and their expedition. 5 stars!
After this book I became a big fan of Teddy Roosevelt. I was supposed to listen during cardio on the stationary bike but ended up listening to it for hours while searching for images of the river to supplement the experience down the river with Teddy and Candido. Candido Rondon is another guy on my hero list. This book was riveting, inofrmative, and inspiring. I would highly recommend it.