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
"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)
I enjoyed listening to Teddy's adventurous spirit and tales of near death experiences - for EVERYONE in his party! I think he was an amazing man that snatched life up and lived it to it's fullest every day! This story has so many interesting events that will keep you listening, it did for me! Some people might find it a bit slow and repetitive, but he accomplished something truly amazing here and knowing just how dangerous and deadly this adventure was is imperative.
Hmmm, maybe Into Thin Air - both have elements of near death experiences, adventure, and perseverance.
No, I haven't.
No, not really. I did enjoy going back to it each time though.
I would definitely recommend for people who like outdoor adventure.
Both Roosevelt and Rondon. Roosevelt for his back story of having lost his Presedential bid and gone to Brazil. Rondon as a native who rose to high leadership through intelligence, perserverance, and character.
Running the rapids in the dugout canoes.
Roosevelt's son's persistence in making sure his father returned home safely.
Descriptions of Amazon symbiosis and Indian culture were eye opening.
I'm a writer of everything from children's picture books to fiction to memoir. I usually listen to nonfiction, mostly history, on Audible simply because I prefer to read novels on the page. The only exception to that rule is short stories and I'm partial to the Selected Shorts Anthologies.
TR was a brave man and this story of his trip down the River of Doubt removes all doubt about that. Fascinating aspect of a president about whom so much has been written.
Near the top
Rondon. I am a Theodore Roosevelt fan, so I had an idea what to expect. But I enjoyed learning more about Rondon and his leadership style.
He is a good story teller. He captured the drama of the adventure without exaggeration.
No, there is a lot of detail (which is good) and so I enjoyed listening to it in pieces.
This was a great adventure book and I have recommended it to many friends.
Good description of characters and events as TR challenged the dangers of the climate, terrain, and culture of the Amazon region.
Powell's The "Down the Great Unknown". Dangerous river journey with tragic and triumphant outcomes.
The opportunity to close my eyes and imagine the details described as the story was narrated excellently.
Wanted to, yes, but too lengthy for a single listen; however, able to re-enter the story without difficulty.
One of the best audio books I have purchased. Would be interested in other books narrated by Paul Michael.
the story moves along quickly. this is definately a great conversation book because the characters are covered so well and the author brings plenty of fun anectodotes into the telling
The trek down the river was by far the most enjoyable part. The first part of the book, where the author detailed the trip to the river, seemed a little slow.
The successful completion of the exploration! After all these men went through it's amazing how few casulties there were. A true testament to the will and charecter of these men.
Yes, I listed to him read Destiny of the Republic (another Candice Millard book). He's a very capable reader, but not much of an actor. Regardless, it definately doesn't detract from the experience of the audio book.
All I can think of since reading this book is seeing Teddy Roosevelt as an obnoxious X-gamer if he was alive today. This book is another amazing book by Candice Millard, it's what I consider to be the History Novel format, in that it's real history that reads like a novel -- that is by far the highest compliment I can pay a history author, there are very few that can do this well. The reader does a tremendous job, the story moves at a good pace and the whole thing never gets boring - I really enjoyed it!
The beginning when the stage was set for the former President's ability to weather his struggles
No but he was great.
Sadness for native peoples
A good read, but the on-and-on of the slog that was the journey got to me after a while.
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