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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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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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    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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    Millie Rigby, ID, United States 11-11-10
    Millie Rigby, ID, United States 11-11-10
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    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.

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    Peter Seffner, FL, United States 10-13-10
    Peter Seffner, FL, United States 10-13-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Captivating and insightful"

    I had a hunch when I bought "The River of Doubt" that I might enjoy it - I am a biologist interested in American History and I have long admired Theodore Roosevelt. This audiobook however is much more than just enjoyable. The narration is intriguing, the people come alive and one can nearly feel, smell, and see what happened along the River of Doubt in early 1914. I listened during commutes in my car and at times I found myself in the parking lot listening a few more minutes as I did not want to part with Roosevelt, Rondon and their expedition. 5 stars!

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    joseph 09-12-10
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    "Riveting!"

    After this book I became a big fan of Teddy Roosevelt. I was supposed to listen during cardio on the stationary bike but ended up listening to it for hours while searching for images of the river to supplement the experience down the river with Teddy and Candido. Candido Rondon is another guy on my hero list. This book was riveting, inofrmative, and inspiring. I would highly recommend it.

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    Christopher French 08-29-10 Member Since 2014
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    "A haunting tale. Superbly narrated."

    I understand why Teddy was so popular. This is a time when political figures possessed truth and honesty. A real time trip. I was reminded of Hubbard's journey through Labrador in "Lure of the Labrador Wild", in that it was a poorly planned excursion and the dangers were not fully recognized until it was too late.
    The narration is excellent, the story well told....it intrigued me and I looked into the history of Theodore Roosevelt further. In doing so, I found some pictures that are published in the book. I am giving it 5 stars. I hope that audiobook downloads in the future will include a digital file with pictures and maps !

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    Suzanne 08-12-10
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    "Very Interesting!!"

    I didn't know much about the Amazon, or it's early explorers, so I found this interesting and worth listening.

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    igoriokas 07-15-10
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    "Great book"

    Fascinating and very well narrated

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    Robert Selma, NC, United States 06-24-10
    Robert Selma, NC, United States 06-24-10 Member Since 2005
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    "One of the most engaging audio books"

    I recently reread this book and it is fantastic. The narrator is excellent and the story is enthralling. I disagree with the reviewers who did not like the "tangents" about Belle and the endless detail. I think the "tangents" humanized the characters and gave some context. The detail is fascinating and allows learning. It also piques my interest and I would look up what happened to Kermit and Kermit's son (CIA agent in charge of overthrowing the elected leader of Iran and installing the Shah).

    I highly recommend this book to history buffs, and people who like true stories.

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