This was my first audiobook, and I've been chasing similar ones ever since. Well done book.
Engaging, informative, incredible
The story has a good cadence and doesn't get too bogged down in dry details that sometimes accompany documentaries. There are numerous quotes from written accounts by many characters within the story that add a sense of credibility and different perspectives.
Like good acting you just don't notice it. You get caught up in the story and the characters and forget an actor is acting. That is the way I feel about this narration, it was good enough that I didn't even notice it and just got caught up in the story.
Against all odds!
I feel this book not only provides a great story, but also provides a good look at one of the most beloved political figures in the past century at one of his most challenging periods. At times I was astounded at the incompetence and recklessness that admittedly makes this an amazing tale of adventure, luck, coincidence and human will power. While there are individuals described in this book with extraordinary character there are also those of exceptionally low character to counter balance the forces of good and evil. There is sufficient description to get a good sense of what the characters encountered on their journey and how they felt about it but not so much that the story gets bogged down. For those with a thirst for adventure and exploration this is a great listen.
Yes, it says so much about character and how when the circumstances are dire, true character shines through. It says a lot about moral fiber, how to treat your fellow man, and you learn a lot about nature and history in the process. Fascinating.
Learning so much about the character of Theodore R. Although he started out as a weakling boy, he set his mind to improving himself until he actually had robust and unflagging stamina. He raised his kids to never grumble, whine and always share and take a back seat. Very cool to learn about the Amazon too.
Nice, smooth voice. Great execution on the accents too.
Made me gasp in some parts!! Made me want to read even more on Teddy R.
If you're a TR (Teddy Roosevelt) fan, then you've got to have this book. The story reveals the passion and commitment of the former president and his desire to leave the world a better place than he found it. The story was so realistic ... I could "see" myself in the canoe floating down the river in the rainforest with TR. What a battle for survival, yet what an adventure. Excellent!
I enjoyed listening to Teddy's adventurous spirit and tales of near death experiences - for EVERYONE in his party! I think he was an amazing man that snatched life up and lived it to it's fullest every day! This story has so many interesting events that will keep you listening, it did for me! Some people might find it a bit slow and repetitive, but he accomplished something truly amazing here and knowing just how dangerous and deadly this adventure was is imperative.
Hmmm, maybe Into Thin Air - both have elements of near death experiences, adventure, and perseverance.
No, I haven't.
No, not really. I did enjoy going back to it each time though.
I would definitely recommend for people who like outdoor adventure.
Both Roosevelt and Rondon. Roosevelt for his back story of having lost his Presedential bid and gone to Brazil. Rondon as a native who rose to high leadership through intelligence, perserverance, and character.
Running the rapids in the dugout canoes.
Roosevelt's son's persistence in making sure his father returned home safely.
Descriptions of Amazon symbiosis and Indian culture were eye opening.
I'm a writer of everything from children's picture books to fiction to memoir. I usually listen to nonfiction, mostly history, on Audible simply because I prefer to read novels on the page. The only exception to that rule is short stories and I'm partial to the Selected Shorts Anthologies.
TR was a brave man and this story of his trip down the River of Doubt removes all doubt about that. Fascinating aspect of a president about whom so much has been written.
Near the top
Rondon. I am a Theodore Roosevelt fan, so I had an idea what to expect. But I enjoyed learning more about Rondon and his leadership style.
He is a good story teller. He captured the drama of the adventure without exaggeration.
No, there is a lot of detail (which is good) and so I enjoyed listening to it in pieces.
This was a great adventure book and I have recommended it to many friends.
Good description of characters and events as TR challenged the dangers of the climate, terrain, and culture of the Amazon region.
Powell's The "Down the Great Unknown". Dangerous river journey with tragic and triumphant outcomes.
The opportunity to close my eyes and imagine the details described as the story was narrated excellently.
Wanted to, yes, but too lengthy for a single listen; however, able to re-enter the story without difficulty.
One of the best audio books I have purchased. Would be interested in other books narrated by Paul Michael.