This is true adventure at its best. Unbelievable struggle, hardship and survival. A very well documented and written book about The River of Doubt. We need men like this today in our battle to do the right things for our people and land.
Love to listen while cooking or cleaning at home
The Entire book was chock full of wonderful descriptions, history and lore of an Era gone by and a River still present.
The whole adventure from beginning to end was told in such precise detail and first hand accounts, that it felt as if you were floating down The River of Doubt with the entire party. The love between Teddy Roosevelt and his son Kermit was so touching and revealed a side of The Man one rarely hears about in political books. Also, the tragedies that Teddy Roosevelt overcame in his life and how he approached & viewed mayhem. murder and life threatening injuries on the river was such an inspiration. I was sorry when the book ended.
Laugh, cry, sent chills down my spine and made me nauseous in parts. As some one who has travelled to The Amazon on a VERY organized & comfortable trip and only "survived" a week in the intense humidity and pelting rain, I can't even IMAGINE how rugged and tough the men on the expedition must've been!!!
Millard provides the perfect amount of background on TR to set the stage for one of the greatest exploration adventures in history. Additionally, she provides wonderful detail on the flora and fauna of the rainforest.
Anyone who likes TR, the outdoors, exploration, this book is for you!
I've listened to so many outstanding historical adventure stories, and this one ranks right up there with all the others. I can't even imagine anyone making this journey. I loved "Endurance - Shackleton's Incredible Voyage, but they were shipwrecked and had no better choices than to do what they did. Teddy and his entourage made this unimagineable journey voluntarily! The consensus reviews are great, but I'm surprised that they're not even better. Well worth the investment.
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.