©2003 Martin Dugard; (P)2003 Books On Tape, Inc.
"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)
In recent months, I've read "River Of Doubt", "Lost City Z", and this title in the exploration/adventure vein. This was by far the best of the three. Terrific pace, flawless narration. It was a great listen all the way through.
At times this book seems as long and drawn out as the Nile. At other times I found it to be very interesting and exciting. There are a ton of wonderful characters who made a mark on 19th and even 20th Century world events. With extensive description of hardships endured along the way and violent confrontations, this is not a book for the faint-hearted. I have a new appreciation for the different viewpoints of those involved with African slavery. Do not pass this one up but beware of slow parts...just like any other adventure.
I listen to audiobooks while I drive around in traffic. This book is my favourite. The narration is good. The story covers a wide swath of world history and the lives of these two men, but never gets boring. It is fast paced and wanted me to keep listening, even after I arrived at my destination. Great listen!
"Into Africa" is an engaging history, well-researched, well-organized, informative, and entertaining. The narration is high quality, matching the content. Highly recommended!
Great stuff and makes history come alive. Really makes you appreciate the courage of these adventurers. Sickness, death, difficulty greeted them every step of the way, but they triumphed through sheer force of will. A great companion to Burton's bio.
I'd like to pile on with everyone else. This is, by far, the best story I've ever read or listened to. The tale is epic, heroic, vivid, entertaining, and enlightening. Bravo!
Told in a mesmerizing tone, "Into Africa" provides the historical context required to grasp what drove Stanley, Livingstone and others to venture into the heart of Africa. The story highlights the character flaws and strengths of not only the explorers but those who they encountered during their wanderings. A thoroughly enjoyable experience for those seeking to understand why they sought glory as well as fascinating cultures they encountered along the way.
I enjoyed listening to this book which tells the fascinating tale of Stanley and Livingston with what appears to be the complete truth. I would recommend to those who enjoy good historical stories.
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