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 !
I recently reread this book and it is fantastic. The narrator is excellent and the story is enthralling. I disagree with the reviewers who did not like the "tangents" about Belle and the endless detail. I think the "tangents" humanized the characters and gave some context. The detail is fascinating and allows learning. It also piques my interest and I would look up what happened to Kermit and Kermit's son (CIA agent in charge of overthrowing the elected leader of Iran and installing the Shah).
I highly recommend this book to history buffs, and people who like true stories.
Very interesting account. Being a Brazilian myself, it was sometimes hard to hear the terrible pronunciation of the several Portuguese names throughout the book, but nothing that damaged it's great story.
It's almost cliche to say 'this non-fiction reads like fiction', but this non-fiction is as fast-paced as fiction.
It's interesting throughout, exploring not only Teddy Roosevelt, but also Roosevelt's son Kermit, and Brazilian explorer Candido Rondon.
The narrator is unobtrusive and pleasant voiced.
The sheer danger and adventure that Roosevelt and his men sought in the Amazon was amazing to learn about. I have not "read" much biography and it made me feel closer to such an interesting president and fascinating man.
The details of the trip began to bore me however, and it was difficult to listen to for more than an hour at a time. I don't know how many times the author listed the numbers of boats, how much they weighed, etc. Maybe that's the genre or maybe it's lack of editing. I had a hard time getting through but am the better for it.