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The Last Hero | [Peter Forbath]

The Last Hero

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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    UncleHammy Towanda, KS United States 08-26-13
    UncleHammy Towanda, KS United States 08-26-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Great stroy, Fantasticlly told but be aware..."
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jepson, because he was the only one who kept his humanity throughout the ordeal.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When they caught the mule boy trying to desert. It was the turning point of the whole adventure.


    If you could take any character from The Last Hero out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Stanly. I would like to hear how he thought things turned out and if he thought it was a success or a failure.


    Any additional comments?

    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."

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    nursebettyknitting Boise, ID USA 08-05-13
    nursebettyknitting Boise, ID USA 08-05-13 Member Since 2010

    knitting fiend

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    "Simon Vance at his best!"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    julie mobile, AL, United States 09-25-13
    julie mobile, AL, United States 09-25-13 Member Since 2012

    Just a simple girl living the simple life. Nothing is complicated when the power of imagination leads the way. Close your eyes & just listen

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    "An Incredible Journey with Heart and Soul"
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    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.

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    Janet Callahan, FL, United States 09-19-13
    Janet Callahan, FL, United States 09-19-13 Member Since 2012

    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

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    "Great adventure story."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Last Hero to be better than the print version?

    I could never have read this book to long. Simon Vance made it easy for me to listen to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Hero?

    When one of the main characters proves he is a loyal friend.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    To many to mention.


    If you could rename The Last Hero, what would you call it?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Brittain Grasonville, MD, United States 05-23-13
    Brittain Grasonville, MD, United States 05-23-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Wow!!, Who knew this about Stanley (of stanley and"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! Excellent insight to the African continet and the various other colonial and Arabic powers


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Last Hero?

    The caravan sloughing into the African interior contending with the various occupants, elements and rigors of the trek.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The couple times where Stanley's indomitable will purshed the others beyond their own expectations


    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed the book in it's detail, dialogue, and cast of characters.

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