Rating scale: 5=Loved it, 4=Liked it, 3=Ok, 2=Disappointed, 1=Hated it. I look for well developed characters, compelling stories.
I enjoyed this adventure and learned about an episode in history that was new to me, and also a great deal about the Amazon forest. The research done by the author was exhaustive and added great depth to the story. I appreciated the detailed descriptions of the main characters, the ecology of the forest and the native people, placing the story in a solid context and allowing me to create a mental vision of the trip as it progressed. As some other reviewers have commented, some additional editing of repetitive details may have tightened up the narrative some and kept things moving a little better, which is why I have given 4 instead of 5 stars. The narration was excellent and well suited to the material.
I bought this book for an extra credit report for my son and ended up listening to it myself. I was thoroughly engrossed as I knew nothing of Roosevelt's interest in exploration. The author did a great job of informing the reader/listener of the lives and backgrounds of all the members of the expedition and the coarse of their lives after their return. The author was also very informative of the different cultures of Amazonian Indians and even of the evolution of plants and animals in the forest. I found this book very intriguing and would recommend it to anyone interested in History.
The story sounded promising, but like another reviewer, I was hoping for more narrative and story, and a little less science. This felt less like a story or documentary, and more like a scientific paper. Still a good read, but goes into overly detailed analysis of flora and fauna - some of which is obviously not specifically from the Roosevelt expedition and from our more modern general knowledge of the rain forest. It felt like: journal entry - textbook excerpt - journal entry - textbook excerpt - stop - start - etc. I would have to say the story telling felt choppy and could have woven into the rainforest background better. More detail about the actual expedition and the struggles they faced would have been nice. To the author's credit, in a day without cell phones, telephones, aircraft, vehicles of any kind, or cameras, I'm sure the material to draw on was extremely limited, having to rely solely on written accounts in a place and time where illiteracy must have been rampant. Get the book - just don't have the expectation you will be spellbound by Roosevelt's adventure.
Let's face it, these authors aren't paying me, so there's no need to lie!!
This was fascinating. I had no idea that Roosevelt was such an adventurous, brave soul. This book is VERY well researched, and the reader is excellent.
Before listening to this book, all I knew about Teddy Roosevelt was that he was a President, had a big mustache and/or stick & was always yelling "Bully". This starts a bit slow but in the end, I was really touched. Theo seemed a great man, everyone who knew him intimately, seemed to truly love & admire him ...& now, I kind of do too (although I didn't really know him intimately). This book/adventure makes you cringe with fear for Theo & his entourage, ache for their safety & wonder why the heck are they there? But I thought it was really good & I liked it alot. And though I spaced out occasionally while listening because I guess I also had to pay attention to my driving once in awhile, & therefore had to re-listen to some parts, it always kept my interest. I Like Teddy! This book was an education...and to ME, an interesting & informative one.
I really enjoyed this book, the narrator was excellent and the story is clear and concise.
Certain passages are written beautifully, especially when Millard expounds upon the specific details of Roosevelt's and Rondon's life and the Amazon itself. These characters come to life but it isn't really until the epilogue that you invest in them an emotional attachment that I wish was there all along. In that way, though the story unfolds like an adventure, it doesn't come alive the way a fiction reader might hope it would (like it does, for example, in "Devil and the White City").
Regardless, it is a quick and fascinating read (listen) and makes me want to learn so much more about Roosevelt, Rondon, The Amazon and the Indians who once lived along the Rio da Duvida.
This was an outstanding non-fiction account written with the plot and character development of a novel. Truly enjoyable.
Marvelous adventure punctuated by terrific background data about the rainforest and its history. Non-fiction at its best. I'm going to use it in a college course on the Amazon.
This was a joy to listen to. For fans of history, and TR especially, but it also gives great detail of Brazil and the natural as well as political and cultural landscape. But most of all, it is a great tale of adventure and travel from almost 100 years ago. Highly recommended!
This is a great story, for its own sake, and for what it teaches us about struggles with nature, with others, and with ourselves. It is not heavy in tone -- just a story -- but it is deep with insight and adventure. This is my best read of the year.