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)
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.
I ENJOY BIOGRAPHY AND NON-FICTION. I LIKE TO LEARN FROM STORIES.
Absolutely...I learned so much about the Amazon's remarkable creatures which include many frightening species.
Learning about the stellar character of Theodore Roosevelt throughout the perilous voyage
He kept it calm, clear and suspenseful.
I might want to, but it is too long for that
If you are at all a fan of TR, this is a must read. This is a wild story, literally and figuratively. The book seems extremely well researched so as to convey a very realistic sense of the Amazonian rain forest in 1914. The characters are every bit as interesting and well defined as the environment. It's a great adventure and I highly recommend it.
HEARING IT AGAIN
So many, only one moment, is impossible to choose
excellent, easy to listen to
T. Roosevelt's humanity, If only there were a presidential possibility like him now!
I did not want it to be over, I am listening again, following along with a map. Just incredible
Top of the list.
Excellent factual story of adventure involving Teddy Roosevelt and his exploration party. The main characters of the story were artfully and fully developed; this coupled with an excellent description of the Amazon environment gives the listener a ring side seat from which to enjoy an amazing journey.
The detailed description of the biological science of the Amazon jungle would be cumbersome to read. Paul Michael's narrative however was easy to absorb.
I initially only downloaded part of the book to CD's to take with me on a trip. By the time I had listen to those CD's both my wife and I were wishing I had downloaded the whole story.
This was my first experience with any audio book. I am definitely hooked!
Actually not Deborah, but Donald. My wife opened the Amazon account and suddenly my Audible account became hers. I'm a basic 63 year old type guy who runs a lot and listnes to books as I run. It was a dark and stormy night ... but I still did 5 miles.
Theodore Roosevelt was a president that I always liked and was never really sure why.
This story of his last great adventure was totally unknown to me. The story itself is gripping. Millard used the story to flash backward and forward in history to give snapshots of Roosevelt and other characters in this story. The snapshots were almost always interesting and gave a better understanding of the characters.
It was one of the best listens of the last five years for me.
The positive: the story!! It's powerful in telling. Amazing in the sense this could be the story of a man who was president. Enlightening in helping me understand how people of the period and of different cultures think. All of this done in a very engrossing story.
Any cons? Well, sometimes I wondered if the dramatic moments might be a tad overstated and at the same time thought perhaps not. In a few sections I thought the author gave me too much side information -- but that may reflect more on me than the author.
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