Great stuff and makes history come alive. Really makes you appreciate the courage of these adventurers. Sickness, death, difficulty greeted them every step of the way, but they triumphed through sheer force of will. A great companion to Burton's bio.
I'd like to pile on with everyone else. This is, by far, the best story I've ever read or listened to. The tale is epic, heroic, vivid, entertaining, and enlightening. Bravo!
Told in a mesmerizing tone, "Into Africa" provides the historical context required to grasp what drove Stanley, Livingstone and others to venture into the heart of Africa. The story highlights the character flaws and strengths of not only the explorers but those who they encountered during their wanderings. A thoroughly enjoyable experience for those seeking to understand why they sought glory as well as fascinating cultures they encountered along the way.
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.
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.
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!
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.