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  • The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Candice Millard
    • Narrated By Paul Michael
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1980)
    Performance
    (946)
    Story
    (958)

    At once an incredible adventure narrative and a penetrating biographical portrait, The River of Doubt is the true story of Theodore Roosevelt's harrowing exploration of one of the most dangerous rivers on earth.

    Stephen says: "River of Doubt"
    "Amazon meets TR. Wow!"
    Overall

    Marvelous adventure punctuated by terrific background data about the rainforest and its history. Non-fiction at its best. I'm going to use it in a college course on the Amazon.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susanna Clarke
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (3451)
    Performance
    (1437)
    Story
    (1440)

    English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

    David says: "Hang in there!"
    "I was enraptured!"
    Overall

    I used to love Ursula LeGuin because, true to her anthropological roots, she created alternative realities that were immensely satisfying. But when she went to fantasy, she lost me. This book got me back to those early LeGuin-like moments. Susannah Clarke creates a parallel universe in early 19th Century England, one where the practice of magic is accepted as part of everyday life. It has enough reality and enough fantasy to make it a true page-turner. Honestly, I didn't want to stop listening, even for 36 hours or however long it took. I told everyone about this find, thinking I was discovering a new author. Only then did I discover that Clarke had won the Hugo Award!

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