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.
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.
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.
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!
I felt the book could have been shortened by 1 hour to 1.5
I would recommend it but with the caveat that it was longer than necessary to be truly exciting.
The performance was fine and suited the contents of the book.
Maybe as the visual and soundtrack would bring out more of the story. And one would assume it would be 2 hrs or less.
Not that I don't commit to longer books 11-14 hours this book just didn't sustain the excitement I was hoping as an abridged version may have
I'll never underestimate the Amazon jungle again. The writing keeps you hooked. The author interweaves his experience of being drawn in to this 'Green Hell' as a modern city-dweller turned adventurer with that of the indefatigable Colonel Fawcett, the last great Victorian explorer who, after many grand successes, disappeared without a trace within the Amazon jungle. The author throughly reports as a true journalist. He investigates the global interest that surrounded these explorations into such an anti-paradise. He also, with great effect, holds up a mirror to humanity, revealing an honest look at mankind both 'civilized' and 'uncivilized' and leaves a lasting impression on the reader by the end of the book.
My take away: the 'primitive' people are not 'primative' humans. The theory of evolution from ape-like ancestor is not a valid explanation of origin. Humans have been intelligent from day 1.
An entertaining introduction to the rich history of western exploration of Amazonia and the perils of trekking through the unwelcoming jungle.