I've always wanted to know the story behind these two men. The author explains everything from the point of view of several of the key players. The story revealed some very interesting and surprising facts about these two men and some of the people involved.
I'm not qualified to say if it was well researched, but I found the book fascinating and gut wrenching. Thoroughly enjoyable history lesson about real life high adventure.
As a result of this book, I am now interested in finding a book about the global newspaper industry of the era.
Livingstone and Stanley in Africa should be a gripping story. Unfortunately, too many historians manage to get so lost in their details that they forget a story ever took place. Not so with Martin Dugard.
Dugard has a great command of the art of storytelling, and he manages to incorporate so many details and so much information along the way that I feel I learned more about the subject than any ten textbooks could have taught me -- but without the pain.
Lee's reading is clear and entertaining -- his accents are sometimes accurate and sometimes amusing, but always kept me wanting to hear more.
Well worth a listen.
A good book for anyone intrigued by Livingstone and his travels, it gives in-depth account of Livingstone's last journey which uses sources from the period including Livingstone and Stanley's journal entries. However the book does have some significant negatives.
The main negative for me was the spasmodic layout of the narrative - the story jumps jumps back and forth unnecessarily in the timeline and characters appear abruptly, are flooded with backstory and then drop out of the narrative only to reappear at random.
The narrator was good overall but manages to over-annunciate every single word which eventually drove me slightly insane.
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.
A book can get you out of your house, your town, even out of the country. I'm an avid reader believing reviews help find the good ones.
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!