As a voracious audible listener Im very familiar with publishers marketing of a title. However in this example its misleading. In effect you will listen to the biography, admittedly of a very interesting character, but its not what is advertised.
As another reviewer stated..how many times can you say the same thing in different ways? The answer in this case ad infinitum! The story is disjointed and feels in all honesty like a rewriting of someone's memoirs.
However three stars as the narration and production are excellent.
I really enjoyed learning so much about south america and exploration throughout the last decade. the timeline was a bit hard to stay with as the author bounced between present and pasts a lot.
I couldn't offer a better review than that given by Jennifer, except that I rate this book a five because it succeeded in completely captivating my attention for several days - without any distractions that detract from the story. The narration was excellent.
This book brought back memories of trudging through the forests of Upper Michigan with my Dad and friends during the 1960's, in search of the mythical (to us) Cliff Lake which was reputed to offer some of the best fishing anywhere. It took us many summers but we eventually found it.
Extensive press raised my expectations that this would be a notable and memorable book.
Unfortunately, the so so writing failed to bring the subject matter to life. This book pails in comparison to RIVER OF DOUBT (though it quotes from this earlier work).
Here's another situation where the author is unable to bring his characters to life on the page -- or to convey the arc of their journey.
The books promise is sadly done in by its feeble execution.
Not terrible...however, I would advise checking out better options first.
This ausio mp3 is amazing. It is riveting and kept me at the edge of my seat. For anyone who is into the history of Amazonian exploration, this is a good book. Narraiton is excellent!
Way too many quotes and references to other books and materials. The story never got off the ground. Lots of factual information, but no feeling for the characters while the story itself was lifeless.
I'll keep it in my library to listen to when I'm having difficulty falling asleep.
I can't believe that anyone would think this was an acceptable narration. It really sounds like a computer. It must be. No one could possibly read a story as bad as the narrator.
This is an amazing story about early twentieth century Amazonian exploration, interwoven with the author's own experience writing the book. It's a truly remarkable take, both riveting and horrifying. And there's a little twist at the very end that makes it all seem like a dream come alive. Highly recommended!
The book was fine, but never really grabbed me. I think a large part of the problem was the narrator. He didn't speak in a monotone, but he never really varied the cadence of his voice to show different emotions in the story.