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