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.
This was the best impulse buy I've ever made! This story makes me want to strap on a pack, heft a machete, and charter my own expedition into the unknown!
Very informative. Historically and scientifically accurate. Thorough, almost to the point of exhaustion. With that being said, not exactly the book if you're looking for an adventure in the likes of H. Rider Haggard, but it's true, or at least based on fact, and that's what makes it equally as intriguing. Author could've been a little more romantic with the stories. I mean, little exaggeration to get the blood pumping would've done it some good, but then again I do appreciate the factual-based, TRUE, accounts... and the fact that he had the balls to get out there and look for himself. Impressive.
Fantastic narration. I felt like i was in the jungle and the mosquitos were on my arms. Grann is a great storyteller creating threads with the past and present.