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Into Africa Audiobook

Into Africa: The Epic Adventures of Stanley and Livingstone

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Publisher's Summary

"Dr. Livingstone, I presume?" So goes the signature introduction of New York Herald star journalist Henry Morton Stanley to renowned explorer Dr. David Livingstone, who had been missing for six years in the wilds of Africa. Into Africa ushers us into the meeting of these remarkable men. In 1866, when Livingstone journeyed into the heart of the African continent in search of the Nile's source, the land was rough, unknown to Europeans, and inhabited by man-eating tribes. The man sent to find him was an orphan and a drifter who had great ambition but little success to show for it. The book shows how, over the course of their nine-year relationship, Stanley ironically rose in power and prominence while Livingstone was relegated to isolation and danger in Africa.

©2003 Martin Dugard; (P)2003 Books On Tape, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"It is rare when a historical narrative keeps readers up late into the night....But author and adventurer Dugard...makes a suspenseful tale out of journalist Stanley's successful trek through the African interior to find and rescue a stranded Livingstone....This is a well-researched, always engrossing book." (Publishers Weekly)
"Dugard imbues the narrative with a keen sense of urgency that propels this compelling account along." (Booklist)
"An action-packed recounting of one of the most famous incidents in the history of exploration. Fine entertainment for adventure buffs, solidly researched and fluently told." (Kirkus)
"Crisp vivid language...transports the armchair adventurer from the jungle muck to the mountain peak." (Esquire)

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    Peter Prince George, BC, Canada 07-23-13
    Peter Prince George, BC, Canada 07-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "History Lesson with High Adventure!"
    Any additional comments?

    I've always wanted to know the story behind these two men. The author explains everything from the point of view of several of the key players. The story revealed some very interesting and surprising facts about these two men and some of the people involved.

    I'm not qualified to say if it was well researched, but I found the book fascinating and gut wrenching. Thoroughly enjoyable history lesson about real life high adventure.

    As a result of this book, I am now interested in finding a book about the global newspaper industry of the era.

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    ximena ARLINGTON, VA, United States 03-13-13
    ximena ARLINGTON, VA, United States 03-13-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Reads like historical fiction with amazing detail"

    Livingstone and Stanley in Africa should be a gripping story. Unfortunately, too many historians manage to get so lost in their details that they forget a story ever took place. Not so with Martin Dugard.

    Dugard has a great command of the art of storytelling, and he manages to incorporate so many details and so much information along the way that I feel I learned more about the subject than any ten textbooks could have taught me -- but without the pain.

    Lee's reading is clear and entertaining -- his accents are sometimes accurate and sometimes amusing, but always kept me wanting to hear more.

    Well worth a listen.

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    Anna 03-02-13
    Anna 03-02-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Spasmodic Narrative"

    A good book for anyone intrigued by Livingstone and his travels, it gives in-depth account of Livingstone's last journey which uses sources from the period including Livingstone and Stanley's journal entries. However the book does have some significant negatives.

    The main negative for me was the spasmodic layout of the narrative - the story jumps jumps back and forth unnecessarily in the timeline and characters appear abruptly, are flooded with backstory and then drop out of the narrative only to reappear at random.

    The narrator was good overall but manages to over-annunciate every single word which eventually drove me slightly insane.

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    Stephen P Gursey 11-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Most amazing"
    What did you love best about Into Africa?

    The incredible strength, endurance, and persistence and of the human species. How was it possible under conditions that are so far below basic survival needs, the human spirit can still excel. This audiobook should be mandatory listening in every history class in America. This audiobook renewed my faith in the wondrous abilities of human spirit. We ARE an incredible, tenacious and gifted species. All we need to do is persist.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dr Livingston


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    Dr Livingston


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Humanity is not really a couch potato.


    Any additional comments?

    I started listening to to this audio book because I wanted to know a little more about Dr Livingston and Stanley and a river called the Nile. I heard the basic story we were told in school, but I wanted to learn the details. Little did I know how many emotions I would feel while listening. Triumph, despair, pride, sadness, sheer joy, wonderment, hope, and a deep respect for those explorers who forged ahead through seemingly impossible odds, to discover and document unknown parts of our wondrous planet. Narrated perfectly by John Lee, who lends a very special quality. Not only is the book cleverly written, but John Lee leads you on an emotional roller coaster of every possible emotion as proficiently as a virtuoso plays a violin. He is the perfect narrator for this book. I give a special thank you to John Lee.

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    Pamela M. Southern California 10-06-12
    Pamela M. Southern California 10-06-12 Member Since 2012

    A book can get you out of your house, your town, even out of the country. I'm an avid reader believing reviews help find the good ones.

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    "Not for Everyone..........."

    I am into explorer stories and learning about Africa so this book was on my list of reads and I am happy I can finally cross it off the list. I don’t see this book appealing to most. It reads like a history text book and at times my mind would wonder off and I would have to hit the go back key to keep up, which is a rarity for me. I wish it would have been written more like a story instead of statements or facts for it would have been more enjoyable. There is a lot of rape, murder, torture, sickness and other gross topics so it’s not for the young or faint at heart. Unless you’re really into explorer history I would use my credit on something more enjoyable!

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    David Halifax, NS, Canada 09-03-12
    David Halifax, NS, Canada 09-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    An amazing story, told extremely well. John Lee's narration is superb and Martin Dugard's storytelling is very skilful; it's hard to stop listening. Great work.

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    LucyLu 06-18-12
    LucyLu 06-18-12 Member Since 2010

    Non-fiction, fiction--I read widely. Except bodice rippers. I'd rather pull my own eyelashes out than read romance. Avid, happy reader.

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    "Engrossing and informative"

    I love historical books that really tell a story about the people involved, and the era in which the action takes place, and if you do, too, this book doesn't disappoint. I read extensively in this genre, and found this book particularly interesting because I really didn't know much of anything about the story beyond Livingstone being an African explorer. Embarrassingly, I knew so little that I assumed he and Stanley were partners in this quest. Boy, did I learn a lot! Both men were truly interesting, with Livingstone emerging as the more purely noble, and Stanley emerging as a little more interesting due to his complexities and character flaws. I don't want to ruin it for you, as the adventure is compelling.

    Finally, John Lee is a particular favorite of mine, and his completely credible accents, pacing, and inflection are, as always, top-notch. His narration always makes a good book that much better. Highly recommend this audible book.

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    Susan Alta Loma, CA, United States 12-10-11
    Susan Alta Loma, CA, United States 12-10-11

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    "A very interesting story"

    The characters are very well described and the description of their journies into Africa make you feel like you were almost there with them (but thankfully weren't!).

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    Gerardo Corregidora, Mexico 12-09-11
    Gerardo Corregidora, Mexico 12-09-11
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    "Excellent Story, not so quite audio."

    I would say in general is a good story, very detailed written in the beginning and then ending in a few pages. The audio is not very good and the reader keeps faking accents. I don't think I would recommend this audio book.

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    Greg Melbourne, FL, United States 09-26-11
    Greg Melbourne, FL, United States 09-26-11
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    "Best Book in a Long Time"

    "Into Africa" was an awesome tale. Thoroughly detailed, it chronicles the entire Stanley and Livingstone saga. John Lee brings the story to life in a way few other could. Highly recommend!

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