Non-fiction, fiction--I read widely. Except bodice rippers. I'd rather pull my own eyelashes out than read romance. Avid, happy reader.
Just buy it. If you're even reading reviews, you likely enjoy a good, well-written history, and this fits the bill. I bought this on the strength of loving the author's book, "Destiny of the Republic", and wasn't disappointed. Millard has a knack for injecting historical information that's flat fascinating without it interrupting the pace of the story. Here, the information about the Amazon and the family life of the Roosevelts is amazing, and blends effortlessly with the action of this expedition. Pretty sure this is the first book I've experienced with narration by Michael, and he was very good. No fancy accents and the like--which can be great at times (think Shantaram), but when there isn't much to do, it's nicer when the narrator doesn't get in the way of the story. You aren't thinking about what an amazing actor he is--you're just engrossed in the book, and definitely not thinking that he's annoying you in any way. Really liked it.
I had not read the print version
Theodore as he provides inspiration in the face of adversity
The voice and inflection given to the various characters provided a sense of reality as if I was present during the conversations.
I found several points in the journey note worthy but the decision to lance Theodare's infections in such dismal conditions lend credibility to the hardships they faced
I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys listening and learning about the great explorers of the past
The historical accounts mixed with the science and ecology of the amazon was well intertwined.
Yes, this historical account was told so that it felt like an adventure novel.
I was amazed of the horrific conditions and the amazing wildlife in the amazon.
If one enjoys adventure and wilderness nonfiction as well as historical nonfiction this is a choice book. We get a good taste of the Amazon at the turn of the century, combined with a unique view of the man that was Theodore Roosevelt.
Paul Michael again hits the mark in the performance here.
I have recommended this book to several people in conversation as a little known story of the charismatic President Teddy Roosevelt. This story would make a great movie! The story is fraught with detail about the wilderness of the Brazilian region, wonderful characters, dangers abound and Millard captures both the vulnerable side of TR and that which makes him truly "BULLY" indeed.
The real story of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.
SJM - NJ
What a great story about Teddy Roosevelt. The writing was excellent and the narrator did an excellent job. Hard to believe this is a true story - really provides some depth of character around one of our most interesting presidents. This is the second book by Candice Millard that I've listened to and they are both very well done. The book will take you on a wonderful journey.
This is another historical piece that I would recommend to anyone looking at past American leadership. Although TR was not president at the time, Candice Millard shows us why this man was revered and despised. Millard brought me closer to understanding another one of my American heroes. The ease of listening to the narrator was quite soothing. He did an excellent job reading. I am now on my second listening.
The flow of the story cannot be overlooked. I took that journey with TR and Rondon, Kermit and everyone else on the expedition. Candice Millard gives you history as a novel. It is no way boring and no way sensationalized. I never tired of listening. I wanted to know what was around the next bend on the River of Doubt.
My favorite scene was when TR wanted to "take out" the lazy, conniving fellow who killed one of his fellow workers. After Rondon explained to TR, the fellow could not be killed, but must be tried by their law. I felt as TR, yet I knew TR's way was the American mindset. It was not his place. It was Rondon's decision.
I had no problems with the narrator's performance. There were no over the top theatrics, just historical deliverance. Bully for him, as an adjective, not a noun.
By all means, the printed copy will be added to my family library. I am now interested in more about TR and others of his era. I recommend this to any TR enthusiast, audible or printed.
I loved the adventure of this book and that a former US President would take such a journey...and survive.
My favorite seen is when Roosevelt had given himself up for dead and chose not to go on so he would not harm the group from their chances of getting out alive.
Courage beyond measure
I love to learn and share whatever excellence I discover in the process
If you have any interest whatsoever in Theodore Roosevelt and the Amazon region, this book will inform and amaze you.
Possibly, depending on the topic.
The story was very interesting and gave me a new perspective on Teddy Roosevelt and his family. But the book was filled with so much natural history and detail about every living creature in the Amazon that there were hours when I was incredibly bored and had to turn off the narrative. I only kept turning it back on because I wanted to see how Roosevelt emerged from this nightmare journey.
The book was well researched but there were many passages and possibly, pages, that I would have cut if I were her editor.
She presents historical and well researched information in a personal way as if she were living at the time. She provides lots of details about other events of the time, political and otherwise that put things into perspective and bring them to life. This was both a strength and a weakness when carried to extreme.
He was very good. His pronunciation of the South American names sounded really authentic, although I wouldn’t know.
If you mean Teddy Roosevelt, not in this book.
This is worth reading, but I think I would recommend buying the actual paper book so you can skim through the boring parts.