oh definitely yes. Listing to this book was a great way to learn a bit about history, the Amazon, and this amazing President. I highly recommend it. The narrator was true to character as he moved from Teddy Roosevelt, to his son Kermit to the other characters. it was just right. Many times the narration can be over dramatized but the narrator found just the right spot in this fantastic nonfiction book.
Truman and John Adams because both are about former presidents and both are very good books and excellent audiobooks.
I do not recall.
When Kermit goes wayward, and when Julian turned nasty, both make me very sad.
most excellent listen.
Yes, it draws you in and keeps you listening.
Knowledge of the Roosevelt family.
No, just enjoyed it.
Excellently written. Candice Millard did an outstanding job in providing information which leads you into the knowledge of the Roosevelt family as well as the time period and the Amazon Jungle. I was disappointed however in the lack of discovery on the trip up the river. In fact, other than the trials they endured, the men saw very little other than trees, mosquitoes and other insects, as well as few monkeys. Virtually no Indian sightings either.
One must ask why Roosevelt would hazard his own life and the life of his son for a trip that other men could take that were unable to contribute to American society as the Roosevelt's had and could.
The quality of the writing was not good.
Stop switching back and forth between past and "present"
I'm not sure.
The story is interesting and worth recounting in its own right. But the author's frequent digressions into how things evolved in the jungle to produce what the Roosevelt team were experiencing were a distraction. The author kept referring to how complex the jungle is...but this is an argument totally opposed to evolution. The chances of such an incredibly complex ecosystem developing by means of evolution are astronomical. Furthermore, there is no tangible evidence of this sort of development as many evolutionists like Sir Julian Huxley and others will openly admit in their more candid moments. Thus, listening to this book became rather painful in places there every other sentence was how this or that thing in the jungle evolved. Sorry, it just does follow. I think the evolution thing is a distraction...and filler that would be best left out of this or any other story. For this reason I would hesitate in recommending this book to anyone else.
I love reading, have since I was very little. Reading to me is fun, relaxation, acquiring knowledge and so much more. No particular preference for a genre or writer, I will read anything well written. Once gripped by somebodies style of storytelling & writing, I am likely to read everything he or she has written.
I've always been interested in men and women who shaped history. Theodore Roosevelt certainly is one of those. I read David McCulloughs' "Mornings on Horseback" some years back, also fascinating by the way, and found TR as interesting as I had expected, but felt there was probably more to be told about him then McCullough did in his book.
C. Millard tells of another side of Theodore Roosevelt and does so in the most compelling way. The story drew me in and left me not wanting to put it away. TR must have been an absolutely fascinating man and have left an indelible impression on all those who met him.
It's not just TR one gets to know better through reading this book. The other characters too are well researched and given their rightful place in the account of the exploration of the River of Doubt.
The fact that CM also takes time to give us background on exploration of unknown territories in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, evolution of the rain forest and its' peoples makes for an even greater understanding of the incredible journey the exploration of the River of Doubt has been.
The narrator P. Michael deserves credit too; he did a great job. A pleasure to listen to!
For anyone interested in Theodore Roosevelt and/or exploration of unknown territories this book is a must!
Absolutely. This is a tremendous adventure story and very well told.
Teddy Roosevelt of course. His central leading role in the story and the way he pushes this adventure along is incredible
Impossible to say
Candice Millard's books are impeccable and, Paul Michael does a superlative job as well. If you haven't already read her Destiny of the Republic do yourself a favor. It too is enlightening and, totally enjoyable.
I like unabridged novels. When I first joined Audible, many were abridged. That has changed. Non-fiction, politics, bios are favorites
Yes, it is a fascinating story, well told
TR is always interesting
Liked it from start to finish, the description of the rain forest was so unexpected
I can' wait to hear her newest book
Yes. This book is not only an adventure story, but part of the life of Theodore Roosevelt, a very interesting and important personality indeed. It also provides background information on TR before and after this event.
TR, of course.
He is one of the best.
I also recommend "Destiny of the Republic" also by Candice Millard and read by Paul Michael. It tells the story of President James Garfield.
I favor history, non-fiction, lectures, and the occasional purely fictitious work. I also listen to many children's books with my family.
I don't generally re-listen to audiobooks unless they are educational, for example some of the Modern Scholar series. Don't let that be a knock on this fantastic story - which I could enjoy a second time - but life is only so long!
The vivid description of the horrific ailments and various maladies that were inflicted upon the expedition by insects and disease remains vivid. Also the general spirit of Roosevelt and company - just their amazing constitution and determination in the face of so much hardship - and all in the name of science and exploration.
I listened to Destiny of the Republic which was wonderfully read - I'd say they are comparable.
Perhaps Roosevelt's determination to end his own life rather than burden the expedition and endanger the others. Also Rondon's pacifism towards the native people who were often so brutal and had tried to end his own life - his indomitable moral code.
This was simply a great story involving one of our great presidents which displayed his great character and determination. The expedition was made up of interesting people on an incredibly perilous journey.