Avid reader until vision impairment set in. Now an avid listener!
Best: Details about flora and fauna of Amazon landscape. History of rubber farming. Background on Brazilian Indian tribes, telegraph survey, military training. In short, most things except the central narrative itself.Worst: The book's overpowering tendency to redundancy. Repetition of facts from one chapter to the next with mind-numbing frequency. The author's tendency to precede narration of new event by dramatic foreshadowing--especially annoying when the events aren't particularly dramatic. The central topic is not made to seem especially compelling because the pace of the narrative is so tedious.
The overdramatization of the story. The redundancy that felt as if the author was padding out the material to make it a book. It would have been much better as an essay.
No, but I thought he was a good--if at times slow--narrator. He made Portuguese sound like the most beautiful language in the world.
No, I don't think so. It's ultimately tedious listening. Reading a book, one can skim over the numerous redundancies. Listening forces you to hear each one.
What the story needed most was a good editor not afraid to tighten up the narrative.
I loved Ms. Millard's book about James Garfield, and this book was a wonderful story, but by the end I thought the explorers had been in the jungle for about three years! Detail is great, but this book was bulked up with too much florid language. I was riveted but then I couldn't wait for the end. Good narration.
I did not learn to read until I was in my twenties. Have not stopped since. The two most important things to learn are reading & chess.
My husband and I listen to this book while traveling via car. It is spell binding. We learn so much we did not know about Roosevelt and the history of that time. This should required reading in schools. I am looking for to Candice Millard next book.
Exciting story about very driven men under unbelievable circumstances. Enjoyed the fact that the author includes an epilogue to the main characters.
Theodore Roosevelt was a man's man. If there ever was a true Renaisance Man after the fact it is TR. If you enjoy Lewis and Clark and Henry M Stanley then you will truly enjoy this real life adventure. Edmund Morris certainly gives longer and more detailed accounts about the life of this great man, but The River Of Doubt deals with an event that is largely unknown because it happened during the Great War and everyone's eyes remained fixed on the fate of Europe. I was disappointed with the details on the Rain Forest and the evolutionary description. This took away form the historicity of the story and did not seem to fit. The story stalled in its effect during these often unfortanate diversions into poor Science.
This is one of the best books I have listened to this year. The true life adventure is more exciting than most fiction, and I enjoyed learning about this little bit of history. Sure Theodore Roosevelt is a fascinating subject, but I was even more interested in his Brazilian co-leader of the expedition who spent much of his life working for the rights of the indigenous people of the Amazon. This is one of those books that brings to life an important part of history and is fun to listen to as well.
Mostly non-fiction: biographies, history, science, etc.
An engrossing, nail-biter of a true story of Amazonian exploration, privation, murder, and survival. It reveals our former president to my a unique scholar-adventurer. Further, it reveals the unexplored Amazon at that time to be fascinatine, dangerous, and challenging.
This is a modern era, non-fiction "Heart of Darkness"
Very good narration.
The story was both exhilarating and true! It was written and read in a manner that was both informative and exciting. I really enjoyed the fact filled adventure, and wish that it was longer!
Fascinating. Wonderful telling of a story that I had no idea had actually happened. Provides a great new insight into an already captivating president.
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!