Out of Africa took a fairly long time to finish compared to other books I listen to, but I'm not completely sure why that was? I do know that it was not the narration; as always, Lee's performance was brilliant. The history was very interesting so I can only put my apathy down to the writing. It just lacked a little something?
My draw to this book, as I surmise may be the case with others, was that enduring quote; "Doctor Livingston I presume?" This book does a pretty solid job of relaying the entire history behind Stanley and Livingston, but it is not one of those books that will enthrall the reader or evoke emotion. Perhaps I'm simply spoiled because I have listened to so many books that do just that? Hence, I cannot give the book five stars for the overall or the story. That said it is a book that educates and for that it will remain in my library and will likely be queued up again for another listen.
Into Africa was a great "listen". Very well read book. Made me feel that I was there with the travellers. Great comparison of each character's whereabouts, trials and tribulations.
Great first listen for those interested in the great explorers of the 19th century. Covers a good deal about Livingstone and Stanley while being engaging as a story.
The extensive research and entertaining writing style contributed to my enjoyment and made this one of the best books I've purchased. I also enjoy listening to ebooks read by John Lee. I'm so glad I didn't pass it by. I still remember the phrase, "Dr Livingston, I presume" From my child hood.
Whether or not these were the exact words spoken by Stanley when he finally met David Livingstone, the story of their meeting and the voyage to bring them together is fascinating.
I focus mainly on History, Endurance Sports and Science/Speculative Fiction books.
Well John Lee is one of the premier narrators, he could read the phone book and probably make it interesting. In fact, I am not sure I would read the book, but listening to it was gratifying and I enjoyed it.
There have been some recently quality books about exploration recently. This book compares to the River of Doubt and The Lost City of Z favorably. it puts the exploration story within the context of colonization and race relations. This story however is not written as a first person account, rather as a researched narrative. I don't think it detracts too much from the story, but first persona accounts are always more compelling.
I have heard some reviewers criticize the Scottish accent on Livingston, I thought it was fine. It certainly didn't distract from teh story. I would say Livingston was my favorite, Lee has just the right inflection to make him someone that we admire yet not quite the heroic peson we might have heard of in school.
This book helped fill me in on details that I only knew tangentially. I am glad I read it. this is not powerful story, mostly because I found some of the characters distasteful. but that is the history is in reality.
Audible has a good collection of exploration books. This book fits nicely into any reading list that concerns itself with world exploration and the subsequent problems it has caused to the present day.
I like history and biography, novels too. I do have a thing for zombie books as well. I need crappy thrillers now and then.
Explorers suffered a lot. And made others suffer. Times were tough. Africa was tough. This is a great story with a great reader.
No its quite wordy and jumps around alot.
It reminded me of the Forgotten 500. Information worth knowing not the best delivery ever. Although the narrator was pretty good.
Dr. Livingston I presume? Of course!
Gives the reader a great perspective on Africa and explorers of that time.
Columbus, Magellan, Lewis and Clark, Shackleton, the history of mans struggle to know the world around them is not complete without the Stanley and Livingstone. Amazing story, and it was all done with so little.
Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose
"Dr. Livingstone I presume"
I would say I was in ahhh of all the things that can possibly go wrong and did.
Small segment of history most people know little about.