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!
I always have admired Teddy but this journey made me have some doubts.
Fascinating accounts of the flora and fauna could almost stand alone.
Male. Mammal. High school equivalency graduate. I like fruit and I just got a haircut. I would describe myself as somewhere between Christmas and being buried alive.
Good not great. I wanted to like it a lot more than I did. I'm not really sure why that is. My litmus test for all audiobooks is this: was I entertained? For this book, the answer is no. I was relieved when the book ended. I know this is going to sound like heresy, but I would skip this one. What should be an interesting story is undone by a lot of extraneous filler information and flat narration. The worst offense in this thing has to be the 40+minute epilogue that can be described as a where are they now essay.
This has been one of my favorite Audible books to listen to. The story is well written and suspenseful the whole way through. On top of that the narrator has a wonderful voice and I was easily able to listen to him without losing attention or track of the story.
What a wonderful book. We are so glad we bought the unabridged version. We would not have wanted to miss a minute of Theodore Roosevelt's dangerous and challenging trip with his son.
I bought this book solely because I thoroughly enjoy the narrator, Paul Michael. What I found was a historical novel more riveting than fiction. The way the author describes the Amazon rain forest is nothing short of spellbinding. I have a new found appreciation for Teddy Roosevelt, a greater awe for the Amazon (and even a bit of adventurism spurred from this book). This is a story of a man who undergoes immense physical hardship to overcome depression; a perspective which is welcome in my own life. A full, unequivocal, 5 stars.
This is not normally the type of book I would read or listen to, and I can't remember what prompted me to buy it. Having said that, I quite enjoyed it. This expedition was something I had never heard about. I wouldn't say all the details were fascinating, but they were interesting. Sometimes I felt like I was on this expedition with them. It really is sort of amazing that they survived. I thought the narration was good, which is important in an audio book. I recommend it, especially if history, Theodore Roosevelt, the Amazonian wilderness of Brazil, or adventures are your thing.
I had a hunch when I bought "The River of Doubt" that I might enjoy it - I am a biologist interested in American History and I have long admired Theodore Roosevelt. This audiobook however is much more than just enjoyable. The narration is intriguing, the people come alive and one can nearly feel, smell, and see what happened along the River of Doubt in early 1914. I listened during commutes in my car and at times I found myself in the parking lot listening a few more minutes as I did not want to part with Roosevelt, Rondon and their expedition. 5 stars!
After this book I became a big fan of Teddy Roosevelt. I was supposed to listen during cardio on the stationary bike but ended up listening to it for hours while searching for images of the river to supplement the experience down the river with Teddy and Candido. Candido Rondon is another guy on my hero list. This book was riveting, inofrmative, and inspiring. I would highly recommend it.
I understand why Teddy was so popular. This is a time when political figures possessed truth and honesty. A real time trip. I was reminded of Hubbard's journey through Labrador in "Lure of the Labrador Wild", in that it was a poorly planned excursion and the dangers were not fully recognized until it was too late.
The narration is excellent, the story well told....it intrigued me and I looked into the history of Theodore Roosevelt further. In doing so, I found some pictures that are published in the book. I am giving it 5 stars. I hope that audiobook downloads in the future will include a digital file with pictures and maps !