In the greatest adventure of the Victorian age, a famous explorer makes a heroic relief expedition to a beleaguered British outpost deep in the heart of Africa.
The British Empire, at its zenith, is shocked by the fall of Khartoum and the murder of General Gordon. But word reaches London that all is not lost; one garrison, commanded by the Emin Pasha, still holds out against the Mahdi leading the rebellion against the British in the Sudan. The Emin Pasha is hailed as a hero of mythic proportions, Gordon’s successor, and England’s hope. From the Queen to the mob, his rescue is demanded.
But only one man is up to the challenge of this mammoth expedition across 5,000 miles of the uncharted Congo, where no white man has walked: Henry Morton Stanley, a hero of amazing complexity and daring. Whatever the cost, Stanley will rescue the Emin Pasha.
©1988 Peter Forbath (P)2000 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
This 27 plus hour book isn't long enough. There isn't dull moment, in fact there are countless parts of the adventure where, if you listen in your car like me, you'll find yourself sitting outside your destination waiting for what happens next. It's nearly non-stop. The author couldn't have picked a better true life adventure with its larger than life protagonists to start his Audible offerings (I hope there'll be many more to come). There's trickery, betrayal, harems, sex, drugs, slave traders, hostile and friendly natives, wild rivers, seething jungle, and clever, idiotic, ruthless, and honorable people on all sides, in other words, real life. This book is a great triumph for both the author and the narrator who delivered an outstanding performance. I have listened to over a hundred audio books, and this is one of the best.
Mary C. Anderson
One of the best, if not the best, audio books I have ever listened to,and there have been hundreds. The story of the expedition is compelling and would make a great book read - but Simon Vance's narration makes listening to the book a compelling experience. The book tells the story not just of Stanley, but of the others who make up the expedition, and Vance's reading of these characters, each with a unique accent and intonation, brings the book to life in a way that probably isn't possible from reading the printed page. Highly, highly, recommended.
Just a simple girl living the simple life. Nothing is complicated when the power of imagination leads the way. Close your eyes & just listen
Prepare to be immersed deep into a land no man has traveled. This book will uncover everything or anything you could ever experience in living, dying, surviving, conniving, lying, stealing, trusting, sharing, begging ....... There are no boundaries. It will uncover perseverance and determination to outwit, outlast, and outplay - survive and the reward will only be that you made it. The book is long and probably could have been edited down a bit. I don't think I would've enjoyed it as much if it had been since every painstaking detail of every day or event is what made you keep listening- anticipating what would happen next. It felt real and Simon Vance once again captured each character with perfection. At the end, or maybe even sooner, you will realize who the real 'Last Hero' truly was.
Jepson, because he was the only one who kept his humanity throughout the ordeal.
When they caught the mule boy trying to desert. It was the turning point of the whole adventure.
Stanly. I would like to hear how he thought things turned out and if he thought it was a success or a failure.
The author librally use the N-word throughout the stroy. While it is historically accurate I think the story could have been told equally as well without using that offensive word. I cringed every time that it was said. I listen to books at work and several times I thought "I hope nobody heard that."
Riveting, chilling account of Henry Morton Stanly's expedition to "save" Emin Pasha. I love listening to Simon Vance, and his narration is astonishingly spot on. Wonderful listen - and was educational for me as well.
I have always loved reading. I have MS now. Reading is not as easy for me. I love audio books. I really love long books with great narrators
I could never have read this book to long. Simon Vance made it easy for me to listen to.
When one of the main characters proves he is a loyal friend.
To many to mention.
The title is perfect. A hero depends on your definition of one. I found some of the more minor characters to be the true heroes. Not the character leading the expedition.
I knew nothing about this author or this story. I took a chance on this book because Simon Vance was the narrator. I was very pleased with my choice. I like long interesting audio books and this one worked for me.
Absolutely! Excellent insight to the African continet and the various other colonial and Arabic powers
The caravan sloughing into the African interior contending with the various occupants, elements and rigors of the trek.
The couple times where Stanley's indomitable will purshed the others beyond their own expectations
I thoroughly enjoyed the book in it's detail, dialogue, and cast of characters.
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