The story is rich and compelling and the characters are wonderful and interesting. Loyalty, hard-work, honesty, optimism, and lots of other positive values are taught as this beautiful story plays out. I will buy it, in book form,to read to or loan my grandchildren when they are old enough. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it and recommend it highly.
This is not normally the type of book I would read or listen to, and I can't remember what prompted me to buy it. Having said that, I quite enjoyed it. This expedition was something I had never heard about. I wouldn't say all the details were fascinating, but they were interesting. Sometimes I felt like I was on this expedition with them. It really is sort of amazing that they survived. I thought the narration was good, which is important in an audio book. I recommend it, especially if history, Theodore Roosevelt, the Amazonian wilderness of Brazil, or adventures are your thing.
The reader did a great job, but to me the story was just so-so. I know they made a movie from this book. Maybe having seen the movie would have made it more interesting.
I didn't really get into this book, though I did manage to listen to it all. Maybe I just didn't "get it." I thought the readers for George and the girl (I can't remember her name, so that tells you something) were not that great either.
I enjoyed the narrator of this book, but found the story lacking. I would not encourage young people to read this because the descriptions of smoking pot and teenage sex were far too glamorous. The real life consequences of both were totally ignored. The narrator was excellent, but wasted on this book.
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