The incredible strength, endurance, and persistence and of the human species. How was it possible under conditions that are so far below basic survival needs, the human spirit can still excel. This audiobook should be mandatory listening in every history class in America. This audiobook renewed my faith in the wondrous abilities of human spirit. We ARE an incredible, tenacious and gifted species. All we need to do is persist.
Humanity is not really a couch potato.
I started listening to to this audio book because I wanted to know a little more about Dr Livingston and Stanley and a river called the Nile. I heard the basic story we were told in school, but I wanted to learn the details. Little did I know how many emotions I would feel while listening. Triumph, despair, pride, sadness, sheer joy, wonderment, hope, and a deep respect for those explorers who forged ahead through seemingly impossible odds, to discover and document unknown parts of our wondrous planet. Narrated perfectly by John Lee, who lends a very special quality. Not only is the book cleverly written, but John Lee leads you on an emotional roller coaster of every possible emotion as proficiently as a virtuoso plays a violin. He is the perfect narrator for this book. I give a special thank you to John Lee.
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I am into explorer stories and learning about Africa so this book was on my list of reads and I am happy I can finally cross it off the list. I don’t see this book appealing to most. It reads like a history text book and at times my mind would wonder off and I would have to hit the go back key to keep up, which is a rarity for me. I wish it would have been written more like a story instead of statements or facts for it would have been more enjoyable. There is a lot of rape, murder, torture, sickness and other gross topics so it’s not for the young or faint at heart. Unless you’re really into explorer history I would use my credit on something more enjoyable!
An amazing story, told extremely well. John Lee's narration is superb and Martin Dugard's storytelling is very skilful; it's hard to stop listening. Great work.
Non-fiction, fiction--I read widely. Except bodice rippers. I'd rather pull my own eyelashes out than read romance. Avid, happy reader.
I love historical books that really tell a story about the people involved, and the era in which the action takes place, and if you do, too, this book doesn't disappoint. I read extensively in this genre, and found this book particularly interesting because I really didn't know much of anything about the story beyond Livingstone being an African explorer. Embarrassingly, I knew so little that I assumed he and Stanley were partners in this quest. Boy, did I learn a lot! Both men were truly interesting, with Livingstone emerging as the more purely noble, and Stanley emerging as a little more interesting due to his complexities and character flaws. I don't want to ruin it for you, as the adventure is compelling.
Finally, John Lee is a particular favorite of mine, and his completely credible accents, pacing, and inflection are, as always, top-notch. His narration always makes a good book that much better. Highly recommend this audible book.
The characters are very well described and the description of their journies into Africa make you feel like you were almost there with them (but thankfully weren't!).
I would say in general is a good story, very detailed written in the beginning and then ending in a few pages. The audio is not very good and the reader keeps faking accents. I don't think I would recommend this audio book.
"Into Africa" was an awesome tale. Thoroughly detailed, it chronicles the entire Stanley and Livingstone saga. John Lee brings the story to life in a way few other could. Highly recommend!
In recent months, I've read "River Of Doubt", "Lost City Z", and this title in the exploration/adventure vein. This was by far the best of the three. Terrific pace, flawless narration. It was a great listen all the way through.