I enjoyed listening to this book which tells the fascinating tale of Stanley and Livingston with what appears to be the complete truth. I would recommend to those who enjoy good historical stories.
I felt like I was on an expedition to find the unknown END of this book!
It could've been truncated a lot by focusing on the matter at hand. I understand developing the characters background, but many of them could've been left out.
The whole first portion was about explorers other than Livingstone and Stanley all together!
OK I had no idea that the fellow that found Livingstone was a newspaper reporter looking for a story. Where was I on that day in history class? This is a fascinating tale of just exactly what those fellas with porters and pith helmets were up to in the then dark continent. I mean really? Ramar of the Jungle??? ... NO in truth the honest retelling of just exactly what and where and who done it in this oft referred to discovery. I'd tell ya but I'd spoil the ending. I feel smarter after this read, right there after being able to describe where tofu comes from.
Fictional characters in narrative
Some history of relatively recent British and American ideas and ideals of exploration abroad and trying to map new territory.
A well written book is a gem.
I'm not as impressed as the other reviewers about this one. The 19th century outlook about slavery and white supremacy are accepted as too 'matter-of-fact and therefore OK' for my taste. Consequently, Stanley, Livingstone and the whole story come off as less than likeable. I ended up questioning how "great" these men really were and weather, in the 21st century, should any of us really care about what they did. Were these great men or just historical footnotes? The porters and guides who gave life and limb to make the story possible are handled as backdrops.
As a story of adventure against impossible odds the book is just OK, but I was too distracted by the human flaws to appreciate it.