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The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey | [Candice Millard]

The River of Doubt: Theodore Roosevelt's Darkest Journey

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.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: It's a rare audiobook of any genre that keeps me on the edge of my seat. But a history book? Yet, as I listened to this impeccably researched biography/adventure, I could feel death around every bend of the Amazon. I really didn't know whether TR's quest for glory would be his last. —Steve Feldberg

Publisher's Summary

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.

The River of Doubt; it is a black, uncharted tributary of the Amazon that snakes through one of the most treacherous jungles in the world. Indians armed with poison-tipped arrows haunt its shadows; piranhas glide through its waters; boulder-strewn rapids turn the river into a roiling cauldron.

After his humiliating election defeat in 1912, Roosevelt set his sights on the most punishing physical challenge he could find, the first descent of an unmapped, rapids-choked tributary of the Amazon. Together with his son Kermit and Brazil's most famous explorer, Candido Mariano da Silva Rondon, Roosevelt accomplished a feat so great that many at the time refused to believe it. In the process, he changed the map of the western hemisphere forever.

Along the way, Roosevelt and his men faced an unbelievable series of hardships, losing their canoes and supplies to punishing whitewater rapids, and enduring starvation, Indian attack, disease, drowning, and a murder within their own ranks. Three men died, and Roosevelt was brought to the brink of suicide. The River of Doubt brings alive these extraordinary events in a powerful nonfiction narrative thriller that happens to feature one of the most famous Americans who ever lived.

From the soaring beauty of the Amazon rain forest to the darkest night of Theodore Roosevelt's life, here is Candice Millard's dazzling debut.

©2005 Candice Miller; (P)2005 Books on Tape

What the Critics Say

"Millard...nails the suspense element of this story perfectly, but equally important to her success is the marvelous amount of detail she provides on the wildlife that Roosevelt and his fellow explorers encountered on their journey, as well as the cannibalistic indigenous tribe that stalked them much of the way." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Henry 11-12-11
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    "Engaging Story"

    This is one of the best books I have listened to this year. The true life adventure is more exciting than most fiction, and I enjoyed learning about this little bit of history. Sure Theodore Roosevelt is a fascinating subject, but I was even more interested in his Brazilian co-leader of the expedition who spent much of his life working for the rights of the indigenous people of the Amazon. This is one of those books that brings to life an important part of history and is fun to listen to as well.

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    Thomas WATERFORD, MI, United States 11-11-11
    Thomas WATERFORD, MI, United States 11-11-11 Member Since 2001

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    "non-fiction "Heart of Darkness""

    An engrossing, nail-biter of a true story of Amazonian exploration, privation, murder, and survival. It reveals our former president to my a unique scholar-adventurer. Further, it reveals the unexplored Amazon at that time to be fascinatine, dangerous, and challenging.

    This is a modern era, non-fiction "Heart of Darkness"

    Very good narration.

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    Patricia Wakefield, RI, United States 11-10-11
    Patricia Wakefield, RI, United States 11-10-11 Member Since 2008
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    The story was both exhilarating and true! It was written and read in a manner that was both informative and exciting. I really enjoyed the fact filled adventure, and wish that it was longer!

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    Chris Denver, CO, United States 10-10-11
    Chris Denver, CO, United States 10-10-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Wow..."

    Fascinating. Wonderful telling of a story that I had no idea had actually happened. Provides a great new insight into an already captivating president.

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    Damian PLYMOUTH, MA, United States 08-04-11
    Damian PLYMOUTH, MA, United States 08-04-11 Member Since 2010
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    "outstanding"

    In my opinion this book was well written and perfectly read. Their expedition was simply an incredible journey and an amazing accomplishment. This story is a testament of man’s will to endure and to survive. At times I found myself not wanting to leave my car, what a great story!

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    Carol Lemelin St. Clair Shores, MI USA 06-11-11
    Carol Lemelin St. Clair Shores, MI USA 06-11-11 Member Since 2013

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    "Doubt for sure"

    I always have admired Teddy but this journey made me have some doubts.
    Fascinating accounts of the flora and fauna could almost stand alone.

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    X Cincinnati, OH, United States 05-15-11
    X Cincinnati, OH, United States 05-15-11

    Male. Mammal. High school equivalency graduate. I like fruit and I just got a haircut. I would describe myself as somewhere between Christmas and being buried alive.

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    Good not great. I wanted to like it a lot more than I did. I'm not really sure why that is. My litmus test for all audiobooks is this: was I entertained? For this book, the answer is no. I was relieved when the book ended. I know this is going to sound like heresy, but I would skip this one. What should be an interesting story is undone by a lot of extraneous filler information and flat narration. The worst offense in this thing has to be the 40+minute epilogue that can be described as a where are they now essay.

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    Mike Hopewell, NJ, United States 01-16-11
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    "Exciting and suspenseful! A favorite listen."

    This has been one of my favorite Audible books to listen to. The story is well written and suspenseful the whole way through. On top of that the narrator has a wonderful voice and I was easily able to listen to him without losing attention or track of the story.

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    ila Nacogdoches, TX, United States 12-13-10
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    "The River of Doubt"

    What a wonderful book. We are so glad we bought the unabridged version. We would not have wanted to miss a minute of Theodore Roosevelt's dangerous and challenging trip with his son.

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    Andrew Encinitas, CA, United States 11-21-10
    Andrew Encinitas, CA, United States 11-21-10
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    "Who knew?"

    I bought this book solely because I thoroughly enjoy the narrator, Paul Michael. What I found was a historical novel more riveting than fiction. The way the author describes the Amazon rain forest is nothing short of spellbinding. I have a new found appreciation for Teddy Roosevelt, a greater awe for the Amazon (and even a bit of adventurism spurred from this book). This is a story of a man who undergoes immense physical hardship to overcome depression; a perspective which is welcome in my own life. A full, unequivocal, 5 stars.

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