From award-winning author Tim Jeal comes a vivid examination of the six larger-than-life men and one extraordinary woman who set out to find the source of the White Nile in the 19th century.
©2011 Tim Jeal (P)2011 Tantor
"Jeal recounts each perilous expedition to unlock the secrets of the Nile watershed with an astonishing clarity and depth that brings to life the hazardous environs of equatorial Africa." (Booklist)
historical fiction writer
I listened to this book in order to research Victorian Africa for a book I'm writing. The details were fascinating, heart-breaking. I was surprised to learn more about the way the English made such an impact on the development of Africa and contributed to the problems there today.
The reader's voice is so deadpan that I thought at first it was computer generated. I became accustomed to it eventually but I don't think it contributed to my enjoyment of the story.
The narrator! His voice is very clear, but so monotone that he could be reading the phone book.
The river itself. It's dangerous and beautiful and mysterious.
I'm pretty sure I will not. I think he could be a good narrator, but he needs to loosen up quite a bit.
Yes, the story actually is fascinating. I have no idea who would be starring. I am not a casting agent. I'm just reviewing an audiobook.
I would actually buy this book again if I could find a version with another narrator.
I think I will buy the book and read it as it seems very interesting, but I couldn't get very far as the narrators monotone voice made it very difficult to enjoy. He seems to have no inflection.
This history of Western expeditions to find the source of the Nile is gripping and very exciting. The explorers face all kinds of terror: famine, disease, war, death in general. The story is briskly told and makes for a good listen.
The narrator– ah the narration! Yes, his voice is very monotone. This would have been a much better listen with someone who could bring the excitement to life. However, in the spirit of credit where credit is due— he fluidly pronounces lots of very difficult to pronounce names and place names. In the rare instances of dialogue he also does a good job with various accents. But yes, the monotone is tough to get through.
Buy this book.
Story: Overall, it was an unique book. It showed three remarkable things: the character of the explorers and their backgrounds, the incredible organized chaos that was tribal Africa during this time, and the unique opportunities for these people versus the calm, stable Great Britain. At the end of the book, the discussion of the East Africa after the colonial period was not really relevant and open to debate. The exploration narrative was dramatic enough.
Reader: The reader was excellent and very easy to listen to in all his characters.
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